The 2017 Save Texas History Symposium, Texas and the Great War, will be held in Austin on Saturday, September 16. Click here for more information and to register!

2017 Save Texas History Symposium — Texas and the Great War — Special Friday Workshop

This post was underwritten by a generous contribution from the Texas Historical Foundation.

This year, the Save Texas History Symposium, Texas and the Great War, is expanding! In addition to the main event and reception on Saturday, there is an additional FREE workshop for attendees on Friday, September 15, at the GLO headquarters.

The first 150 registrants to sign up for the workshop will have the opportunity to hear additional presentations from speakers representing several important historical organizations.

Tonia Wood from the Texas State Library and Archives will discuss World War I resources at the State Archives. She will be joined by Ben Wright of the Briscoe Center, who will discuss the Texas War Records Collection, as well as additional resources at the University of Texas. Lisa Sharik from the Texas Military Forces Museum will cover the valuable, yet underutilized resources found there, including many significant records relating to the military history of Texas, with an emphasis on the 36th Infantry Division. To round things out, Dr. Lila Rakoczy of the Texas Historical Commission will discuss the many projects and resources available through her agency.

The institutions represented by these speakers will provide excellent resources and information for those looking to study World War I-era genealogy. The Texas State Library and Archives includes the William Deming Hornaday Transcripts of Letters and Personal Accounts, General John A. Hulen Papers, Clarence Lincoln and Nellie Donnan Test Papers, and the Frank S. Tillman Collection. The War Records Collection at the Briscoe Center includes correspondence, legal documents, reports, personnel records, class rolls, blueprints, broadsides, bulletins, photographs, and much more.

The Texas Military Forces Museum has collected over 10,000 books and periodicals and has catalogued over 7,000 photographs, in addition to personnel records on every World War I soldier who enlisted in Texas, and more. The Texas Historical Commission is the designated lead agency for commemorating the centennial of World War I in Texas. Projects currently underway include a mobile app tour, a print heritage guide, educational materials, and a searchable database of World War I-related sites and collections.

In addition to the speakers, attendees of the Friday workshop will have the opportunity to tour the General Land Office Archives. Archives staff will provide guided access to some of the most impressive documents and maps in the GLO’s collections, including the Connected Map of Austin’s Colony, the first draft of the Constitution of the Republic of Texas, and original documents signed by the likes of Stephen F. Austin and Sam Houston. Attendees can learn about the historical and genealogical resources available at the GLO, including how to access a large amount of the material online for free.

A selection of GLO map reproductions will be on hand for sale, or visitors can order a reproduction of any map they like and have it shipped to them. All proceeds from map reproduction sales benefit the Save Texas History Program.

For more information and to register online for the 2017 Save Texas History Symposium, Texas and the Great War, please check out the Save Texas History website.

Attendees at the Save Texas History Symposium will receive a complimentary copy of Dwight R. Messimer’s Escape from Villingen, 1918 and Hugh S. Thompson’s Trench Knives and Mustard Gas — With the 42nd Rainbow Division in France courtesy of the Texas A&M University Press.

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