Elizabeth H. Clare "The Austin Dam Disaster of 1900"
GTHS Sunday Speaker Series
The Austin Dam Disaster of 1900
The Austin Dam Disaster of 1900 recreates the era of Gay Nineties Austin, then as now – a city on the rise and on the make. In 1891, at the behest of ambitious city fathers, the little city of just 15,000 people gambled its future on a project of breathtaking size – a massive hydroelectric dam across the Colorado River. This book follows the epic construction project and the brief golden era of the pleasure of resort at Lake McDonald. Though troubled and controversial from the get-go, the dam embodied all of Austin’s dreams. Then, on Friday, April 6, 1900, it began to rain…
About the Author
Author Elizabeth H. Clare is a lifelong Austinite, a freelance writer, she has authored numerous works on Texas history, including organizational histories of pioneering Texas businesses, state parks, the Texas prison system, and the Texas Highway Department. Under the pen name Frances Hunter, she is the coauthor of two award-winning historical novels about Lewis and Clark. The rare photographs displayed in this book are from the archives of the Austin History Center as well as the Lower Colorado River Authority, the Texas State Library and Archives, and the Dolph Briscoe Center for American History.
Sunday, February 25th, 2018 at 3pm
The German Free School Building
507 E. 10th St, Austin, TX 78701
Reserve your spot by Saturday February 17th, 2018
Parking available on 10th street or on GTHS parking lot – accessible through Neches Street.
Refreshments will be served.
WHAT IS FORGIVEN
Release Date: September 5, 2017
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Sunday, January 28th, 2018 at 3pm
The September 2017 Speaker Series was about the Captured by Scott Zesch
The July 2017 GTHS annual conference was kicked off by April Garner of the Texas Historical Commission’s Texas Heritage Tourism Program. Garner shared exciting news about the Texas Historical Commission’s new travel guide across the state with a large emphasis on Germans in Texas. Garner has a Bachelor of Arts in Art from St. Edward’s University in Austin and a Master’s degree in Art Education with a museum education concentration from the University of Texas in Austin.
As the State Coordinator of the Texas Heritage Tourism Program, Garner leads a team in developing statewide thematic mobile app tours and travel guides, and assists communities with new tourism product development. Garner also serves as primary liaison with other organizations and agencies involved with heritage tourism such as the National Parks Service, develops methods of increasing the heritage tourism potential of existing THC programs such as the Texas Historic Courthouse Preservation Program, Texas Main Street and the Historic Highways programs. You will enjoy being among the first to hear about the September launch of this new travel App!
GTHS is invited to the Ascension Lutheran Church’s Parish Life Center located at 6420 Hart Ln, Austin, TX 78731, for a Power Point Presentation and Lecture by Johannes von Sachsen-Altenburg of Hannover, Germany. History Researcher, Writer and Academician visiting in Texas.
1517: Power, Popes and Politics – Why did it happen?
The Reformation in a historical context
The lecture will not be anti-Catholic nor pro-Protestant
- April’s speaker was Jan Jarboe Russell, Author of The Train To Crystal City.
- Our March speaker Dr. Hans Mark about the Berlin Blockade and the Airlift.
Though this is a free event, donations to GTHS are greatly appreciated. Thank you.