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Community History Workshop Series: Preserving Our Past

Presented in conjuction with The Center for Texas Studies at TCU, these workshops are aimed at increasing the historical awareness of the community.  The series is designed to make the public aware of the important, yet often overlooked historical resources around them, and how to preserve them for posterity. The goal of the workshops is to prove that "every person is a historian," and that they can, by their deeds and actions, preserve a small part of the cultural and historical fabric of this region.

October 4: Wanderings in Texas Cemeteries, and What We Might Learn from Them
Dr. Kenneth Hafertepe, Baylor University

Enrich your next visit to a historic Texas cemetery with this illustrated tour from Dr. Kenneth Hafertepe. He will explain how these "cultural landscapes" have evolved over time by examining the materials and craftsmanship behind markers and the placement of graves. Hafertepe will discuss simple hand-made markers of wood, stone or cement and chart the rise of professional "Marble Men" in Texas who eventually offered customers imported stone as an option. Along the way, he will point out the culturally distinctive features of German, Hispanic and African-American gravestones.

Dr. Kenneth Hafertepe is chair of the Department of Museum Studies at Baylor University. He studies American material culture, decorative arts, and historic preservation. He is the author of numerous books and articles on historic buildings including the Smithsonian Castle, the French Legation in Austin, and the Spanish Governor's Palace in San Antonio.

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The Center for Texas Studies at TCU is designed to celebrate all that makes Texas distinctive. It is housed in AddRan College of Liberal Arts, where various disciplines and programs can act in concert to foster and nurture the essence of Texas. History is, of course, central, but Texas literature, anthropology, ethnography, politics, religions, philosophy and design and textiles all represent elements that are a part of the incredible mosaic of Texas.

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Updated 8 September 2014

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