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Patterson hosts seminar exploring Texas’ Spanish, Mexican roots

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First-ever Save Texas History Symposium Saturday, Nov. 6

Contact: Jim Suydam
MEDIA ADVISORY — Oct 13, 2010

AUSTIN — Join the Texas General Land Office as it hosts the first ever Save Texas History Symposium Saturday, November 6 at the Stephen F. Austin State Office Building in Austin. This inaugural symposium, Discovering Spanish and Mexican Texas, will focus on the settlement of Texas before 1836. 

"It's important to remember the first illegal immigrants in Texas didn't come across the Rio Grande - they crossed the Sabine River into Spanish and Mexican Texas," said Jerry Patterson, Commissioner of the Texas General Land Office. "I would like to invite all serious students of Texas history to come and join us as we explore the Spanish Collection at the Land Office, which is widely considered the most valuable and comprehensive source of documents on the settlement of Texas before 1836." 

Save Texas History is Patterson's innovative public-private partnership to raise money for preserving the more than 35 million historic maps and documents archived at the General Land Office. 

The inaugural Save Texas History Symposium will feature several well-respected Texas historians. Morning speakers include former State Historian Frank de la Teja, current State Historian Light Cummins and Felix Almaraz, Jr., Dean of Borderland Studies from the University of Texas - San Antonio. The event will be moderated by award-winning author and Land Office Spanish Translator Galen Greaser. 

Afternoon events include a four-part workshop on genealogical resources in Texas as well as special tours of the General Land Office Archives and Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum. Participants will enjoy hands-on exercises in 19th Century land surveying expedition to the State Capitol and workshops on papermaking and printing. 

Registration is limited and costs $35 per person. To register for Saturday's symposium, call James Harkins at 512-463-5277, or via e-mail at

This program was made possible in part with a grant from Humanities Texas, the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities and the generous assistance of the Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum, the Texas State Historical Association, the Texas Society of Professional Surveyors, and support from 

WHAT:          Save Texas History Symposium: Discovering Spanish and Mexican Texas

WHERE:       Stephen F. Austin Building, 1700 N. Congress Ave., Austin, TX 78701

WHEN:          8:30 a.m. Saturday, November 6

WHY:             To raise awareness of the Save Texas History program and the Archives and Records of the Texas General Land Office


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