Fall 2015 Symposium
The 2015 Fall Symposium was a great success despite the weather (some of the surrounding areas received as much as 5 to 8 inches of rain on the day of the event). More than thirty-five attendees were treated to four outstanding presentations related to cultural diversity during the Republic of Texas. The speakers were dynamic, informative, and entertaining. The door prizes furnished by Norton publishers and Texas A&M University Press were greatly appreciated, and all the attendees went home with a book in hand. The BBQ was a hit with all who were able to stay for the luncheon (as was the hot coffee and breakfast pastries & fruit). This event will serve as an excellent foundation for the CTHA to build upon as its officers plan for the 2016 Spring Symposium. Thank you to all who attended the inaugural event of the Association. Below are some photographs of the event taken by Gail Swanlund.
CTHA President Larry Watson opened the symposium with a brief history of the Association.
Carolina Castillo Crimm delivered an entertaining and informative presentation on the lives of two contrasting figures: Patricia De Leon and Petra Kenedy.
James C. Kearney gave an informative presentation on the Germans in Central Texas.
James L. Haley was at the top of his game, speaking on Native Americans and their struggles during the years of the Republic.
Mary L. Scheer captured the audience's attention with her discussion of Texas women living in the Republic. Her account of these women's contributions, hardships, and daily existence in the Republic kept everyone on the edge of their seats.
CTHA Executive Director, Kenneth W. Howell, closed the symposium by acknowledging the sponsors who helped make the event a success.
Mary and Ken discuss the highpoints of the event at the end of the symposium.
Attendees at the Fall 2015 Symposium. These are the real heroes of the day, especially given the weather conditions outside. On behalf of the CTHA, I want to thank each of you for supporting this event. I hope to see you again at the 2016 Spring event next April.
- Kenneth W. Howell