Central Texas Historical Association to Host First Educational Symposium

The Central Texas Historical Association, founded by faculty from Blinn College’s Division of Social Sciences, invites the public to its first educational symposium at the birthplace of Texas.

“Republic of Texas Mosaic: Cultural Diversity from Independence to Statehood,” is set for Saturday, Oct. 24, from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. at the Washington-on-the-Brazos State Historic Site Conference Center (map).

Four distinguished scholars will discuss topics related to cultural diversity in the Texas Republic. Carolina Castillo Crimm, retired professor of history at Sam Houston State University, will address the experiences of Tejanos; Mary L. Scheer, professor of history at Lamar University, will discuss women’s experiences; James C. Kearney, instructor of Germanic studies at the University of Texas, will examine experiences of German Texans; and James L. Haley, author and Texas historian, will address Native American experiences in the Republic.

“The symposium provides an opportunity for anyone interested in Texas history to learn more about the area in which we live and its different cultural groups,” said Dr. Kenneth Howell, Blinn history instructor and executive director of the CTHA. “That’s the mission of the CTHA—to promote the history and culture of the Central Texas region.”

The deadline to register is Friday, Oct. 16. Registration is $45 and includes lunch and a self-guided tour of Blinn’s Star of the Republic Museum. To register or learn more about the symposium, visit www.centexhistassn.org. Registration will be available on-site at 8 a.m. on the day of the symposium, though early commitments are preferred.

Blinn’s Division of Social Sciences launched the CTHA in the spring, making Blinn the first community college in Texas to host a regional historical association. The CTHA is a nonprofit that preserves and promotes the history and culture of Central Texas.