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Learning History and Community through the Preservation of an African-American Cemetery

Congratulations to Jason Rivas on the recent publication of his article stemming from his Preservation Scholar internship with the Texas Historical Commission. His work included highlighting cemetery preservation success stories to showcase how locals can make a lasting impact through historic preservation. This article explores how extension agent Eddie Harrison and the community saved the nearly-lost Camptown African-American Cemetery in Brenham, TX, and along the way helped preserve the local history of runaway slaves and freedmen.

TXSU Center for Texas Public History News

Shield Ranch, Austin, TX, has been formally listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Public History students prepared two historical site reports that supported the designation, under the Direction of Professor Dan Utley and the Center for Texas Public History.

  • Whatever Floats Your Goat: A Historic Site Report of the Goat Barn Complex at the Shield Ranch (2018)
  • Dos Hermanos: The Herrera Families at Shield Ranch (2019)

The district is comprised of various resources, including houses, agricultural structures, a cemetery, roads and stream crossings, and archeological sites. The majority of the sites date to the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

The ranch is located in a rapidly developing area of western Travis County near Bee Cave.

Whatever Floats Your Goat, project flyerDos Hermanos, Project Image

Graduate Students Present at PAT Biennial Conference

Graduate students Rayanna Hoeft, Jason J. Rivas, and Courtney Stevens recently presented papers drafted in Dr. Nancy Berlage’s Public Memory class at the 2020 Phi Alpha Theta Biennial Conference.  

  • Rayanna Hoeft | Interpreting Commemorative Monuments: Elizabeth Colt's Memorialization of Samuel Colt (left)
  • Jason J. Rivas | Brushstrokes of Memory: Remembering the Alamo through Paintings (center)
  • Courtney Stevens | The 1900 Galveston Storm Memorial (right)

Rayanna Hoeft at PAT Biennial MeetingJason Rivas at PAT Biennial MeetingCourtney Stevens at PAT Biennial Meeting

Congratulations to Public History student, Jason Rivas, who was recently featured in the Texas Historical Commission Blog.

Public History Student Conference Presentation

Krista Pollet UA ConferencePublic History Student, Krista Pollet, recently presented her paper "Commemorating Black Advocacy in the Twenty-First Century: Expanding the Definition of Memorialization" at the University of Alabama Graduate History Association Conference. 

Public History Class at Shield Ranch

Public History Students at Shield RanchMembers of the Public History Project Class (Spring 2018) conducted research at the historic Shield Ranch in Travis County. This work centered on goat ranching and the goat dipping barn on the property. The class determined that the barn, its architectural features and related activities represent the rich agricultural history of goat ranching and meet two potential criteria for nominating the Shield Ranch for designation in the National Register of Historic Places.

Public History student, Joe Fox, published in the Journal of Texas Music History

Public History student, Joe Fox recently published an article entitled Lone Star Brewing: Beer, Progressive Country Music, and the “Texas Mystique" in The Journal of Texas Music History.

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