The fifth annual Travis County History Day will be held on Friday, October 26, 2012, from 10:00 am until 12:00 pm, at 700 Lavaca Street in downtown Austin, in the new Hall of Government located on the first floor.  The theme for this year’s event is Travis County: Then and Now.

Travis County History Day has proven to be a wonderful opportunity to learn about and to celebrate our rich history.  Formally established in 1840, Travis County as we know it today hardly resembles the sparsely populated rural frontier it once was.  Now with a population of over one million, Travis County has transformed into a rapidly growing and continually changing metropolis.  Come learn about and see some of the ways in which Travis County and its government have changed over the years.

A short program will begin at 10:30, followed by a reception.  Travis County Commissioner Margaret Gómez will serve as Master of Ceremonies.  R.G. Ratcliffe, journalist and freelance writer, and Dr. Jeffrey Kerr, author of Austin, Texas – Then and Now, will be the featured speakers at the event.

Historical photographs, documents and artifacts will be on display, including photographs from the collections of the Austin History Center.

All county officials, employees and the public are welcome to attend this special occasion.  Travis County History Day is sponsored by the Austin Bar Association, Austin History Center, Travis County Archives, and the Travis County Historical Commission.


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