Austin History Center Association presents Holiday Open House, Historic Austin Gifts Sale, and Speakers


This Saturday, December 8 from noon until 5 p.m., the Austin History Center and the Austin History Center Center Association have a special holiday open house with programs and gift shopping for everybody.   

Waterloo Press will be selling its  items, including new maps, books, and gift items like the 1887 poster map of Austin by Augustus Koch and the DVD “Austin Past and Present,” produced by Karen Kocher.  Austin History Center will be selling their collection of historic Austin photographs, and special items they have not put out for sale in the past.  

At 1:30 p.m. Author and storyteller Ralph Yznaga will present on his current book “Living Witness: Historic Trees of Texas (Texas A&M University Press, 2012).  Inspired by the old Texas Forest Service book, Famous Trees of Texas, Yznaga has captured the continuing attachment we have to these magnificent reminders of our culture and history. Stunning images, stories, a detailed map, and driving-directions to 37 famous (and infamous) trees help us appreciate how entwined the lives of people and trees are.  

At 3:30 p.m. Author John Slate will present his new book “Lost Austin (Images of America).” As Austin has grown to become more cosmopolitan, remnants of its small-town heritage have faded away. Austin’s uniqueness both past and present is reflected in its food, architecture, historic places, music, and businesses. Many of these beloved institutions have moved on into history. Lost Austin explores, through the collections of the Austin History Center and others, where Austinites once shopped, ate, drank, and played. Author will sign and sell books at this event.   



Austin History Center
810 Guadalupe St.
Austin, TX


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