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Community History Workshop Series: Preserving Our Past

Presented in conjunction with The Center for Texas Studies at TCU, these workshops are aimed at increasing the historical awareness of the community. The series is designed to make the public aware of the important, yet often overlooked historical resources around them, and how to preserve them for posterity. The goal of the workshops is to prove that “every person is a historian,” and that they can, by their deeds and actions, preserve a small part of the cultural and historical fabric of this region.

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November 2: The Art of Texas: 250 Years

Presented by: Ron Tyler, Ph.D., former Director, Amon Carter Museum of American Art

Come appreciate Texas art! We’ll take a look at Texas art from Spanish colonial period to the late twentieth century with Ron Tyler, editor of The Art of Texas: 250 Years. Tyler will delve into the major changes in Texas art from the European-style works of the colonial era to the gritty regionalism, surrealism, and modernism of the 1930s and 1940s. Book signing will follow the discussion.

Ron Tyler is the retired director of the Amon Carter Museum of American Art in Fort Worth, Texas, and former professor of history and director of the Texas State Historical Association at the University of Texas at Austin. He is the editor-in-chief of The New Handbook of Texas and the Southwestern Historical Quarterly. He has published a number of works in the areas of American, Western American, Texan and Mexican art, and history.

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December 7: Freedom to Play? Fort Worth City Parks During Jim Crow

Presented by: Jennifer Brancato, Senior Librarian /Archivist, Fort Worth Public Library

The City of Fort Worth created the Park Commission in 1909. Part of its mission called to improve and expand city parks for citizens’ well-being. Join us for Jennifer Brancato’s discussion on how the Park Board and the Recreation Board executed this mission and shaped outdoor spaces for African Americans during the era of “separate but equal.”

Brancato is an Archivist at the Fort Worth Public Library where she is responsible for making Fort Worth history accessible through the management, preservation, and processing of archival collections, as well as through exhibits and presentations. She holds an MA in Public History from Stephen F. Austin State University. She is a Certified Archivist and a Digital Archives Specialist.

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The Center for Texas Studies at TCU is designed to celebrate all that makes Texas distinctive. It is housed in AddRan College of Liberal Arts, where various disciplines and programs can act in concert to foster and nurture the essence of Texas. History is, of course, central, but Texas literature, anthropology, ethnography, politics, religions, philosophy and design and textiles all represent elements that are a part of the incredible mosaic of Texas.

Last updated: Oct. 10, 2019