Calling all history buffs! Have you ever wanted to go to an event where you could share your love of history and memories of Austin with other like-minded locals? Well, this Sunday you are in luck, as the 2nd Austin Archives Bazaar has been announced, and will take place from 2pm to 6pm at Saengerrunde Hall.
If you are not familiar with this free event, it is an afternoon where Austinites can meet with local archivists at various booths to learn more about a certain period in Austin’s history. Speakers will also be on hand to discuss various areas of Austin’s history. Archives that will be participating in the Bazaar are: AISD (Austin Independent School District,) Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary, Catholic Archives of Texas, Baylor Libraries, and the George Washington Carver Genealogy Center.
Speakers include Behind The Tower, a website which focuses on the 1966 UT Tower shooting, Austin-American Statesman food writer Addie Broyles, and Joe Nick Patoski, staff writer for Texas Monthly Magazine. For the genealogists who are interested in attending, the Bazaar will also include a preservation station where you can speak to a local archivist on how to best preserve your memories for future generations.
In addition to the activities above, the Austin Archives Bazaar will be featuring an old time photo booth, door prizes, and a chance to record memories right on the spot at the Oral History Booth, where you will be able to record an interesting Austin story in 15 minutes, either alone, with a family member, or as an interview with a professional oral history facilitator.
Lastly, if you want to take a break from the events, you can share your love of history over a beer with other history loving locals. As Austin keeps growing, it is important to preserve our history and introduce it to the next generation so it is not lost to time, so come out to the Austin Archives Bazaar and get started!