2021 David B. Warren Virtual Symposium: The Power of Place--Defining Material Culture in Pre-1900 Texas, the Lower South, and the Southwest

Jennifer Hammond Announcement
Texas, United States
Subject Fields
African American History / Studies, Architecture and Architectural History, Humanities, Fine Arts, Historic Preservation

The Power of Place: Defining Material Culture in Pre-1900 Texas, the Lower South, and the Southwest
Friday, Saturday & Sunday / February 26, 27 & 28

Explore how the interaction of place with race, ethnicity, and gender has shaped our shared history. This free, virtual symposium presents thought-provoking papers from a slate of historians and curators.

Presentations are live, free of charge, via Zoom.
Advance registration is highly recommended.
Sign up only once, and you can access all the time slots using the same meeting link.


Friday, February 26
6:30 p.m.
• Welcome & Keynote Address
“As Far as the Eye Could See: The Bugbees, from New England to the West Texas Plains”
Speaker: Michael Grauer, National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, Oklahoma City

Saturday, February 27
10 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.       
• “‘A Very Valuable Man’: Enslaved Builders and the Making of Texas” 
Speaker: Tara Dudley, the University of Texas at Austin

1 p.m. to 3 p.m.            
• “Henry Cheever Pratt’s 1851 Painting of Benjamin Franklin Coons’s Ranch in El Paso”
Speaker: Alexis Monroe, Institute of Fine Arts, New York University

• “The Material Culture and Cultural Landscape of the Polley Mansion, Whitehall”
Speaker: Melinda Creech, independent scholar

• “William J. Frederich’s Scrapbook: A Palimpsest of the Visual Landscape of a Galveston Man in the 1880s”
Speaker: Olivia Armandroff, University of Southern California

Sunday, February 28
1 p.m. to 3 p.m.            
• “New Orleans’s Place in the Mahogany Trade”
Speaker: Lydia Blackmore, the Historic New Orleans Collection

• “Gaineswood Geography: How Commerce Routes and Climate Shaped Life on an Alabama Plantation”
Speaker: Sarah Duggan, the Historic New Orleans Collection

• Panel Discussion & Conclusion

Contact Information

Joey Milillo

Programs Manager

Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens

The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

(713) 639-7759

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