On December 27, 1839, Austin was founded as the capital of the Republic of Texas, which existed from 1836 to 1846, the year the Lone Star State came to be. From the national capital to the seat of state government, Austin was born to lead Texas. One way to understand Austin's history as a capital (the city of government) is through its Capitol (the building in which the government meets). There have been three Capitols in Austin, discussed below.
Austin History Center, Austin Public Library site
Texas State Library and Archive site
Brush Square Museums site
Three adjacent museums located in historic downtown Austin.
Elisabet Ney Museum site
The former studio and portrait collection created by 19th century sculptor Elisabet Ney.
French Legation Museum site
The oldest building in Austin (ca. 1841), it served as the residence of the French representative to the Republic of Texas.
George Washington Carver Museum site
Contains African-American historical and cultural material.
Neill-Cochran House Museum site
Documents the lives of prominent Austinites from the mid-19th to early 20th centuries.
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The seeds of our modern-day Trail of Lights were planted in 1965, the year that “Yule Fest” began in Zilker Park with the lighting of the yule log and serenades by local choirs. “Yule Fest” – also known as “The Spirit of Christmas” – would eventually morph into the Trail of Lights, which officially received that designation in 1992. Now, the Trail of Lights Foundation raises the money and produces the extravaganza that features more than 2,000,000 lights and many more family attractions. Image ID PICA-23478, 1969 #austinhistory #austinpubliclibrary #localhistory #publichistory #atx #austin #texas #trailoflights
We are looking forward to the Growing Your Roots 2020: The Inaugural African American Genealogy Conference, happening January 30 - February 2 at @AustinPublicLib Central Library.— Texas State Library and Archives Commission (@TSLAC) December 13, 2019
TSLAC will have an info table--we are ready to help!
Registration now open: https://t.co/w1YR7We66g pic.twitter.com/1ftipeieCl