Saturday, November 6, 2010

Save Texas History: The General Land Office of Texas

Frank de la Teja, Light Cummins, and Felix Almaraz, Jr.
Today I participated as a speaker in the Save Texas History Symposium sponsored by the General Land Office of Texas.  This symposium is part of the larger, state-wide Save Texas History initiative introduced by Texas Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson. This program highlights the important archival materials that constitute the land archives of Texas. In addition, the program seeks to educate all Texans about the rich heritage of the state. This symposium had additional sponsors including the Bullock State History Museum, the Texas State Historical Association, and the Texas Historical Commission. This symposium had as its special focus the era of Spanish and Mexican Texas. In addition to my talk on "The Coming of the Anglo-Americans and the Empresario Era," Professor Felix Almaraz, Jr., spoke on the legacy of Spanish and Mexican Texas, while Professor Frank de la Teja talked on settlement of Spanish and Mexican Texas. The symposium also featured workshops for the attendees dealing with the archives, survey practices used by the Land Office, and a tour of the Bob Bullock State History Museum.

Click Here for the Program of the Symposium