2020 Angelina Eberly Luncheon

(The old Millett Opera House Building, built in 1878)

110 East Ninth Street (just east of Congress Ave.)

Coffee Mixer, 11:00am  |  Luncheon, 11:45am – 1:15pm (note: earlier start time than in the past)
Medallion Ballroom



The Angelina Eberly Luncheon, held each winter, is the signature event of the Austin History Center Association. The luncheon brings together close to 300 guests ‐ business associates, co-workers and city leaders; as well as newcomers and longtime residents. Together, we all share our love of Austin history at an event the Austin American‐Statesman has called “An Austin Tradition.”


Proceeds from each year’s luncheon help support the Austin History Center Association, who allocates a portion of the proceeds to the Austin History Center of the Austin Public Library.



Information for Attendees


Thank you for your joining us for the 2020 Eberly Luncheon, to be held for the 2nd time at THE AUSTIN CLUB (110 E 9th St.) on Friday, February 7, 2020.

The coffee mixer will start at 11am in the beautiful first-floor rooms of The Austin Club, the reception will start seating at 11:30, and the luncheon will seat at 11:45 in the Medallion Ballroom on the 2nd floor of The Austin Club.

When you arrive, please check-in at the registration table at the event and they will present you with a nametag and a table number where you will be seated during the luncheon. (We do not print or distribute actual tickets for this event).

We are thrilled you are attending the event, as we celebrate the history of live theatre in Austin together at The Austin Club, which is also the historic Millett Opera House. The Millett Opera House is the only early Austin theatre venue still standing.

Thank you again!


Charles Peveto, Chair of the Eberly Luncheon Committee and

Lee Cooke, President of the Board of Directors

Angelina Eberly

Why is the AHCA fundraiser named for Angelina Eberly and why is there a statue of her on Congress Avenue?

Angelina Belle Peyton Eberly, heroine of Texas’ “Archives War,” was an astute Austin innkeeper in the early days of the Republic of Texas. She became directly involved in a political skirmish that had lasting consequences. In December 1842, Sam Houston announced that Austin was no longer the Capital of Texas and that his namesake town, Houston, was. He dispatched the Texas Rangers to Austin with orders to Texas Land Commissioner Thomas William “Peg Leg” Ward to remove the Republic of Texas archives from Austin and move them east. The furtive effort was spotted by Eberly, who lit a town cannon, which alerted citizens of the theft. Local Austinites chased the wagons north into Williamson County, where the rangers were forced at gunpoint to surrender the archives. “The Archives War” reinforced Austin’s standing as the capital of Texas.

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