01 Oct

October 7 – The Embattled Birth of Austin

Keep Austin…in existence?

Austin, by almost all measures of how and why cities–particularly capital cities–are founded should never have existed. And yet, against all kinds of political pressures, not to mention environmental pressures, Austin not only became the capital, but persisted when it probably should not have.

Mr. Miller informs us that he plans to give a somewhat whimsical look at how Austin came to be and how it overcame all that tried to end it. We look forward to it!

Join us and Mr. Miller at the beginning both of Austin and of our 13th series of Modern Times at the Neill-Cochran House Museum at 2:00 pm on October 7, 2018. Complimentary refreshments provided. Presentation begins at 2:30 pm.

Admission is $10 to the general public, $5 to students with valid ID, and free to members of the Friends of the Neill-Cochran House Museum. Space is limited; while tickets are available at the door, we encourage patrons to register online.

Parking is available free to patrons in the museum lot located off of 23rd street between San Gabriel and Leon.

Register online for this event

Prefer not to register online? Call museum staff at 512.478.2335 or send us a note.

About the Speaker

Mike Miller is the Manager of the Austin History Center, Austin Public Library, where he directs all operations of the Center, which basically means he pushes a lot of paper and attends meetings and his staff gets to do all the fun work. The Austin History Center is the local archives division of the public library and is dedicated to preserving and celebrating the history of Austin and Travis County. He has a BA in History from St. Edward’s University and Master’s degrees in History and Information Science from the University of North Texas. Prior to coming to the History Center, he worked as the Special Collections Librarian in the Texas/Dallas History & Archives Division of the Dallas Public Library where he curated the Historic Maps and Kennedy Assassination collections. His primary research interests are in Texas sports history, and he has published articles on minor league ice hockey in Dallas and Lamar Hunt. He co-authored a new book, Texas On Ice: Pro Strides to the Stars, the second volume of a planned 3-volume set documenting the story of ice sports in Texas (he also co-authored the first volume, released in 2016). He is the author or co-author of 2 other books, Austin’s First Cookbook and Historic Austin Movie Houses. In addition to his work at the History Center, Mike is also active with the Archivists of Central Texas, Society of Southwest Archivists, Texas State Historical Association, and is a Certified Archivist. He is also on the Board of Directors of the Texas Hockey History Center, scheduled to open in Farmer’s Branch in June 2018.