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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.

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September 7: The Old Chisholm Trail: From Cow Path to Tourist Stop

Presented by: Wayne Ludwig, Historian/Author

You just thought you knew the story of the Chisholm Trail! Join us for a new look at the most familiar of cattle trails with Wayne Ludwig, author of The Old Chisholm Trail: From Cow Path to Tourist Stop. Ludwig discusses where the trail might have originated, since a dozen or more places claimed to be its point of origin since 1911, and lead us up the path to some fascinating conclusions. His original research raised intriguing questions about where to find the actual location of the trail, how it seemed to grow in length even after it closed, and how to separate modern folklore on the topic from nineteenth-century evidence.

Wayne Ludwig is a Fort Worth native, cattle trails historian, and author of The Old Chisholm Trail: From Cow Path to Tourist Stop. He created the Texas Cattle Trails History Group on Facebook, and is a member of Western Writers of America and the Academy of Western Artists. The Old Chisholm Trail was awarded the Elmer Kelton Book of the Year award by the Academy of Western Artists, and was named a Finalist for the Robert A. Calvert Book Prize and for the 2018 Most Significant Scholarly Book by the Texas Institute of Letters. His first feature magazine article, “What We Know About the Ol’ Chisholm Trail,” appeared in the February 2019 issue of Wild West magazine.

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October 5: Locating Tejano History in the General Land Office

Presented by: Brian A. Stauffer, Ph.D., Translator and Curator of the Spanish Collection, GLO

In recognition of Hispanic Heritage Month, Brian A. Stauffer will introduce us to the historic Tejano records available to researchers at the General Land Office in Austin. Though Stauffer will provide a general overview of the remarkable collection, he will focus on maps and land grants. His presentation will include images of materials which are historically rich, beautifully crafted, and carefully preserved. As a historian of nineteenth-century Mexico and Mexican Texas topics himself, Stauffer knows his subject well. Don’t miss this chance to learn from his expertise!

Brian A. Stauffer is a native of Afton, Wyoming. He holds a Ph.D. in Latin American History from the University of Texas at Austin and an M.A. in Latin American History from the University of New Mexico. His research focuses on the religious and agrarian history of Mexico and Mexican Texas in the nineteenth century. His book on armed Catholic rebellion in 1870s Michoacán will be published by the University of New Mexico Press in late 2019. Since July 2016, he has served as the Translator and Curator of the Spanish Collection at the Texas General Land Office, where he is developing new projects on slavery, religious cartography, and the religious aspects of empresario colonization in Texas.

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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: Aug. 16, 2019