Austin History Center presents Generations on Paper: Preserving the Pease Family Collection opening reception
Austin History Center presents Generations on Paper: Preserving the Pease Family Collection, which highlights the Pease, Graham, and Niles Families and their impact on Austin and Texas. The exhibit also tells the story of their Family Papers, housed at the Austin History Center and recently processed and made available to researchers.
The Papers consist of materials related to the family of Elisha Marshall Pease, who was governor of Texas from 1853 to 1857 and from 1867 to 1869, and his wife, Lucadia Christiana (Niles) Pease. Like many Austinites, they were not natives, but once they arrived they fell in love with the city. They and their descendants left behind a treasure trove of records and information that document life in Austin and Texas in the 19th and early 20th centuries.
Included in the exhibit will be documents from Pease’s terms as governor both before and after the Civil War, deeds and contracts that document the institution of slavery in Texas, and photographs of and correspondence to and from family members.