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Travis County History Day 2014

Many thanks to everyone who came out and celebrated our 7th annual History Day and 100 years of Extension Services in Travis County! A big thank you also goes out to everyone who helped make History Day such a successful event: our committee; special speaker Dr. Doug Steele, Director of the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service; County Judge and emcee Samuel T. Biscoe; the student performers; the area families who contributed their artifacts, photos and stories; and finally, our sponsors – the Travis County Archives, the Austin Bar Association, the Austin History Center, the Travis County Historical Commission, and Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service.


History Day 2013 – Travis County Law Enforcement

We thank everyone who came out to celebrate our 6th annual Travis County History Day! Held on October 25, the event focused on the topic of Travis County law enforcement history and was a great success! The program was emceed by Commissioner Margaret Gómez and featured special speakers Doyne Bailey, Sheriff of Travis County from 1981-1992, and Mike Cox, historian and award-winning author, who shared stories and their personal experiences with law enforcement in Travis County.

Exhibits in the Hall of Government featured a variety of display boards, photographs, and artifacts, including uniforms, patches, and badges from the Sheriff and Constable offices, contraband items from the Travis County Jail, motorcycles, and even a 1930s Tommy Gun from the Sheriff’s Office. Video displays included a virtual tour of the old Travis County Jail on top of the Courthouse, photographs, and video of blues musician Freddie King playing in the Jail in 1976.

Travis County History Day was generously sponsored by the Austin Bar Association, the Austin History Center, the Travis County Archives, and the Travis County Historical Commission. We sincerely thank these sponsors for their commitment to helping put on a successful event year after year. We also thank the Travis County Sheriff and Constable Offices, former Travis County Sheriffs, and the Sheriffs Association of Texas, who contributed items to the exhibits. Special thanks is extended to Chief Deputy Jim Sylvester, who has completed an extensive amount of research on the history of the Sheriff’s Office and was an invaluable contributor and resource in gathering much of information, photographs and artifacts on display.

Please visit our FlickR album to view all photos of the event, and like our Facebook page to keep informed of future events!

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Travis County History Day 2013

Mark your calendars! Click on the poster for a larger image.

2013 TCHD Poster

Travis County History Day 2011

The fourth annual Travis County History Day was held on Friday, October 21, 2011.  The event was in celebration of all past and present county elected officials, who are an important part of our county’s history.  The event was held at 700 Lavaca, in the future site of the Commissioners Courtroom.  It was very well attended, and featured special speakers and exhibits of historical photographs and documents.

County Judge Sam Biscoe served as the Master of Ceremonies, and special presentations were given by Dwayne Holman, formerly of the Texas Association of Counties, and Judge Bob Perkins. Judge Perkins, the second longest-serving judge in Travis County history, has served a combined 36 years as a Justice of the Peace, County Court at Law Judge, and District Court Judge.  Mr. Holman and Judge Perkins spoke on the history, development and importance of county government in Texas and in Travis County.

Nearly 300 photographs of county elected officials throughout history were on display at the History Day event.  The Travis County History Day committee sincerely thanks the current and former officials and family members who helped us in gathering so many images.  Most of the images are now also part of the Travis County Archives collections.  We welcome any further additions of photographs and images of elected officials to the Archives.

Also on display at the event were some of our county’s earliest election records, campaign memorabilia, short histories of each elected office, and the names of all individuals who have served in those offices. Nearly 1,000 individuals have served as elected officials in Travis County history.

History Day was a great success, and many current and former elected officials were in attendance, including F.W. “Joe” Horton, the last County Superintendent of Public Instruction, and Rubert Ceder, a former Commissioner who served in the 1960s.  We are grateful for everyone who came out to celebrate History Day with us!

Special thanks and recognition go out to the sponsors of Travis County History Day: the Austin Bar Association, the Travis County Archives, and the Travis County Historical Association.  The support of these organizations has been instrumental in the success of Travis County History Day.

Please click here to view photos from the event.

Travis County History Day 2011

Just two more weeks until this year’s big event!  We hope that you can join us!

Parking for History Day will be available in the 700 Lavaca parking garage.  Visitor parking is located on the second floor; any other unmarked spots may also be utilized – parking tickets can be validated at the event.

Travis County History Day 2010

The third annual Travis County History Day was held on October 15, 2010, on the topic of Mexican land grants and the settlement of Travis County. The event featured a special presentation by Dr. Frank de la Teja, Professor and Chairman of the Department of History at Texas State University and former Texas State Historian.

A variety of historical documents and archival records were placed on display, including early maps of Travis County, Mexican land grants and related materials from the Texas General Land Office, early Travis County deed and survey records, and biographies of notable settlers in the Travis County area.

Many thanks to those who helped make the event a great success: Dr. de la Teja for his excellent presentation; Commissioner Margaret Gómez, who served as the Master of Ceremonies; Galen Greaser and the Texas General Land Office Archives for their assistance with exhibits; and the Austin Bar Association and Travis County Historical Commission for their sponsorship of the event.

Below are a few videos from the event.

Commissioner Gómez’s welcome and introduction

Part 1 of Dr. de la Teja’s talk

Part 2 of Dr. de la Teja’s talk

Travis County History Day

Please join us for our third annual Travis County History Day on Friday, October 15, 2010!

Travis County History Day is sponsored by the Travis County Historical Commission and the Austin Bar Association.

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