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March 22: Generations on Paper Exhibit Opening

On the Exhibit

Preserving the Pease Family Collection at the Austin History Center

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Richard Niles Graham (1881 – 1959)

This exhibit highlights the Pease, Graham, and Niles families and their impact on Austin and Texas. The exhibit also tells the story of their family papers, housed at the Austin History Center and recently processed in order to be available to researchers. The papers consist of materials related to the family of Elisha Marshall Pease, who was governor of Texas from 1853 to 1857 and from 1867 to 1869, and his wife, Lucadia Christiana (Niles) Pease. Like many Austinites, they were not natives, but once they arrived they fell in love with the city. They and their descendants left behind a wealth of records and information that document life in Austin and Texas in the 19th and early 20th centuries.  Included in the exhibit will be documents from Pease’s terms as governor both before and after the Civil War, deeds and contracts that document the institution of slavery in Texas, and photographs of and correspondence to and from family members.

Abner Cook

Abner Cook, master builder and designer of Hill (Neill-Cochran) House and Pease Mansion (Woodlawn)

19th century Austin Connections and a Closer Look

A (much) smaller town

Elisha Pease almost certainly knew of the Neill-Cochran House during his time living in Austin; like Washington Hill, the original owner of the Neill-Cochran House, Pease had hired Abner Cook to construct for him a grand residence in the Southern Greek Revival style. As one of Austin’s few links with its Antebellum and Reconstruction Era past, we are especially excited to welcome this closer look at what the Austin History Center’s work on the Pease Collection can show us about our city’s origins.


Tuesday, March 22nd Opening Reception


Freedmen’s Bar, based out of the only surviving structure from Wheatville, a freedmen’s town in (then) North Austin

Join us from 6:30 to 8:00 pm for an exhibit preview and opening reception, including a presentation by AHC Manager Mike Miller at 7 pm entitled, “Eyewitness to an Emerging Texas: The Papers of Governor Elisha Marshall Pease”. Though we will not be offering Lucadia’s favorite Milk Punch, Freedmen’s Bar, itself based out of the 1869 Franklin-Franzetti building, will be providing complementary vintage-inspired cocktails for the evening.

The event is free and open to the public. We encourage visitors to RSVP free online.