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Community History Workshop Series: Preserving Our Past

Presented in conjunction 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.

Austin to ATX: The Hippies, Pickers, Slackers & Geeks Who Transformed the Capital of Texas Book Cover

January 4: Austin to ATX: The Hippies, Pickers, Slackers & Geeks Who Transformed the Capital of Texas

Presented by: Joe Nick Patoski

Ever wonder how Austin became a city proud of its “weirdness?” Join us for a stellar example of local history with Joe Nick Patoski! In Patoski’s book, Austin to ATX: The Hippies, Pickers, Slackers & Geeks Who Transformed the Capital of Texas, he traces how Austin became Austin. He covers the origins of the music, television, film, food culture, and technology that created the capital city as it is today. Patoski additionally profiles the individuals who shaped the city, such as Willie Nelson, O. Henry, and Molly Ivins. Book signing will follow the discussion.

Joe Nick Patoski is an author and journalist who writes about Texas and Texans. He has been a staff writer for Texas Monthly magazine, a one-time reporter at the Austin American Statesman, and his byline has appeared in the New York Times, National Geographic, the Texas Observer, Oxford American, TimeOut New York, Garden and Gun, and No Depression magazine, for whom he was a contributing editor. Patoski has authored or co-authored biographies of Willie Nelson, Selena, Stevie Ray Vaughn, and the Dallas Cowboys, and collaborated with photographer Laurence Parent on books about the Texas mountains, the Texas coast, and Big Bend National Park. He also wrote essays for the 2015 book, Homegrown: Austin Music Posters, 1968-1982 and the 2005 book Conjunto, by John Dyer with Juan Tejeda.

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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.

Last updated: Dec. 12, 2019