The fourth annual Travis County History Day will be held on Friday, October 21, 2011, from 10:00 am until 12:00 pm, at 700 Lavaca Street in downtown Austin.  The theme for this year’s event is Past and Present Elected Officials.

Travis County History Day has proven to be a wonderful opportunity to learn about and to celebrate our rich history.  This history is due in part to the hundreds of individuals who have served as elected officials since Travis County’s establishment in 1840.  Elected officials have helped shape Travis County into what it is today, and the valuable contributions of these individuals are to be commemorated and celebrated.  We want to thank all current and former elected officials for their dedication to the citizens of Travis County.

Travis County Judge Sam Biscoe will serve as Master of Ceremonies.  Judge Bob Perkins, renowned for his decades of service as a Justice of the Peace, County Court at Law Judge, and District Judge, will be the featured speaker. Dwayne Holman, formerly the Judicial Education Director for the Texas Association of Counties, will also speak at the event.

A variety of historical photographs, documents and artifacts will be on display, including photographs of elected officials throughout Travis County history.

We invite all past and present elected officials to join us for this special occasion.  We also welcome family members and members of the public. The reception is sponsored by the Austin Bar Association and the Travis County Historical Commission.

Call for Photographs

In preparation for this event, the History Day planning committee is gathering photographs of current and former elected officials.  The images will be used in History Day exhibits, and if desired, a copy will be preserved in the Travis County Archives.

If you are a current or former elected official, we welcome you to submit a portrait of yourself, either in print or high resolution digital format, for inclusion in the event.  If you are the family member of a former elected official, we invite you to submit any photographs (from their time in office, if possible) that you might have.  Images can be in print or digital format.

Please submit any images by September 15, 2011.  Digital images can be sent by email to the Travis County Archivist.  To submit printed photographs, please call 512-854-4675 for more information.  We thank you for your assistance and contribution to this event!

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