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Speakers or Presenters

Individuals or groups with expertise on a given subject or who portray historical characters or events for use with educators or students.

Oral History Workshop in Austin facilitated by William McWhorter

William McWhorter, Texas Historical Commission’s Military Oral History Coordinator, will teach a workshop designed for people to learn how to conduct, record, and transcribe all types of oral histories, including hands-on training with digital and video recording equipment. It will be held in the Austin History Center, Holt Gallery/Reception Room, on Saturday, January 16, 2016 from 1 - 4 pm.

Oveta Culp Hobby: How a Killeen Native Became a National Treasure

Award-winning author Debra L. Winegarten gives a compelling interactive lecture on the role of Oveta Culp Hobby, a Killeen native, and traces her life through the use of story-telling, photographs, and video as she recounts the tale of the Director of the Women's Army Corps, the first woman to earn the rank of Army colonel, and the second woman in the US appointed to a presidential cabinet-level position.

Kwahadi Dancers

The Kwahadi Dancers are a unique youth performing group from the “Crown of Texas”, the Panhandle area of the Texas High Plains. In addition to regularly scheduled public shows at the Kiva, the Kwahadis present their colorful pageant of song, dance, and stories of the American Indian for tour buses groups, conventions, community events, youth camps, church events, fundraisers, museums, and community events nationwide.

Celtaire String Band - Living History through Music & the Military

We've had the privilege of presenting our Historical music at numerous regional school events as well as Living History community festivities. We perform acoustic music of the proper "era" (we are in the appropriate attire too) and we intertwine educational bits about the historical music and it's importance in their daily lives as well as in the military. We have hands-on activities for the students/audience members as well. Everyone loves our "Limberjack" (a toy replica from the 1790s) as he dances and is used for percussion during a couple of tunes.

Real History....Real People

A professional troupe of historians/actors who portray heroes and heroines of history in the first person. These exciting one-person short plays bring real people back to life for students and adults all over Texas. Portrayals include: Stephen F. Austin, Mollie Bailey, James Bowie, Sukey Boyd, Isaac Cline, Susanna Dickinson, George Durham, John "RIP" Ford, Charles Goodnight, Mollie Goodnight, Mrs. J.W. Hannig, Mary Austin Holley, Sam Houston, Lizzie Johnson, Sarah McClure, Cynthia Ann Parker, Ethel Robinson, Deline Rose, Hallie Crawford Stillwell, William Barret Travis.

Jean Stuntz

Four presentation available. 1. Texas Women deals with a look at women's lives in early Texas. 2. Laws Favoring Women deals with a look at how Spanish laws about women superseded Anglo laws in the Republic and State of Texas. 3. Pioneer Women deals with a look at how women coped with frontier conditions in early Texas. 4. Spanish Texas deals with a look at culture and society, including race, class, and gender, in Spanish Era Texas.

Jo Ann Stiles

Three presentations available. 1. German Immigration into Texas in the Years of Early Statehood deals with the German immigration to Texas in the years before the Civil War and will be discussed with emphasis on the backgrounds of the new arrivals and their response to the coming war. 2. Oil in 20th Century Texas deals with a discussion of the impact of the oil industry on 20th century Texas' social, economic and political life. 3.