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2015 Symposium

6th Annual Save Texas History Symposium: In the Shadow of the Dome: Austin by Day & Night

Experience Austin in a New Light


Symposium on Saturday, November 14
William B. Travis State Office Building
1701 N. Congress Ave., Austin, Texas 78701

  • Symposium - 8:00 am – 4:30 pm
  • Reception at Capitol Visitors Center – 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

The sixth Annual Save Texas History Symposium will take a look at the history of Austin in a whole new light. In the Shadow of the Dome: Austin by Day & Night will examine diverse aspects of Austin’s history, including the Texas Supreme Court, the destruction of one Capitol Building and the construction of another, and the impact on the city of notable hotelier, George W. Littlefield.

It will also delve into some of the less celebrated aspects of Austin’s history. One speaker will examine the Pig War, an obscure dispute that wrought serious diplomatic repercussions for the Republic of Texas. Another will investigate the Servant Girl Annihilator, a serial killer who stalked the streets of Austin in 1884 and 1885.

Rounding out the agenda is an exploration of the slave narratives of early Austin, as well as tales from Guy Town.

Featured Speakers Include:

  • Jeff Kerr
  • Ali James
  • James L. Haley
  • Richard Zelade
  • Lieutenant Doug Dukes
  • Dr. David Gracy
  • Dr. Andres & Juanita Tijerina
  • Dr. Bruce Ellis
  • Terri E. Flack

Other activities include tours of the GLO Archives, a pioneer surveying expedition, a two-part genealogy workshop, and an educational workshop for 4th & 7th grade Texas history teachers.


A fundraising reception for the Save Texas History program will be held in the Old General Land Office Building, now the Capitol Visitors Center from 7:00-9:00 pm. Commissioner George P. Bush, along with special guests will be in attendance. This is a special opportunity to help the Save Texas History program, to experience this very historic building in a unique setting, to learn more about Texas history, and be among friends.

Hotel Information:

A block of rooms has been arranged for guests attending the Save Texas History Symposium, at a rate of $159/night for November 13 & 14.

DoubleTree by Hilton Austin University
1617 N Interstate 35, Austin, TX 78702
Central Reservations: 1-800-222-TREE

Hotel Front Desk: 512-479-4000 x0

Please refer to Group Code “STH” when making reservations. Make reservations by October 16, 2015 for special rate.

Book your room at the DoubleTree by Hilton Austin University Online by CLICKING HERE.


Barry Lawrence Ruderman  TSHA
Howerton Eye    TSGS   State Preservation  Board

Additional Sponsors


  • Texas Historical Foundation
  • Houston Aeronautical Heritage Society
  • Austin History Center Association
  • Texas Historical Foundation