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Brief Program

2019 CTHA Fall Symposium

Saturday, November 16, 2019

“Historical Notes: A Century of Lone Star Music”

Sophienburg Museum of History

New Braunfels, Texas

(Doors Open - 8:15 AM)




Welcome & Introduction of Session I Speakers 

(8:50—9:05 AM)


Charles Grear

President, Central Texas Historical Association


“Babel of Confused Noises:  Seguin’s A. O. Babel and the

Creation of Cowboy Music in the Late 19th Century”

(9:05—9:50 AM)


Kevin Fontenot

Tulane University



“Texas Music Road Trip: Historic Sites, Sense of Place, and the

Prospects for Music Heritage Tourism in the Lone Star State”

(10:00—10:45 AM)


Jason Mellard

Texas State University



“Kissing Cousins: The Bluesmen of Leon County”

(10:55 AM—11:40 PM)


Joe W. Specht

McMurry University



LUNCH  BREAK  (11:40 AM—1:00 PM)

There are numerous lunch spots in downtown New Braunsfels,

​approximately three minutes away from the Sophienburg Museum




Introduction of Session II Speakers

(1:00—1:10 PM)


Ron Goodwin

First Vice President, Central Texas Historical Association



“Rancheras y Boleros to Rhythm ‘n’ Blues:

Conjunto Music that Crossed Over”

(1:10—1:55 PM)


Jason Saldana

Conjunto Heritage Taller



“Robert Earl Keen, Jack Ingram, and the

Origins of the Texas Country Scene”

(2:00—2:30 PM)


Rich Kelly

Austin Independent School District



“Manuel ‘Cowboy’ Donley: ‘The Hottest Guitar in Texas’

And the Originator of the Modern Tejano Music Scene in Austin”

(2:30—3:00 PM)


Evaliza Fuentes

Texas State University

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