The Angelina Eberly Luncheon, held each winter at Austin's historic Driskill Hotel, is the signature event of the Austin History Center Association. The luncheon brings together close to 200 guests ‐ business associates, coworkers and city leaders; as well as newcomers and longtime residents ‐ who share their love of Austin history at an event the Austin American‐Statesman has called "An Austin Tradition".
The 2017 Eberly Luncheon promises to be memorable, celebrating the 175th Anniversary of Angelina Eberly's famous cannon shot. Our keynote presentation features Michael Barnes, Austin American-Statesman Columnist and Waterloo Press Author of Indelible Austin. Barnes will lead a panel presentation called "Other Voices, Other Times," drawn from his current book Indelible Austin and focusing on historical reflections on Austin's African-American, Asian-American, Latino and LGBT communities.
Barnes states, “History is remembered through the prism of personal experience. The memories of Austin's African-American, Asian-American, Latino and LGBT communities, by definition, differ in some ways from the most often told tales of our city. Our panel listens to other voices about other times.”
The 2017 luncheon's panelists will be Saundra Kirk, Lonnie Limon, and Evan Taniguchi.
The moderator of the 2017 luncheon.
Saundra Kirk is a native East Austinite. She is now retired after four decades working in California and Texas as a counselor, writer, program director, facilitator, performance improvement training professional, consultant, conference and seminar presenter, and public speaker. Saundra is also a community service volunteer.
Lonnie Limon is an advertising executive with over 18 years of experience leading such acclaimed brands as AT&T, Pepsi, McDonald’s, Anheuser-Busch, ESPN, Sprint and many others. A native Austinite, Lonnie was born and raised in East Austin and attended various A.I.S.D. schools (Govalle, Cunningham, Burnet, Lamar, and Johnston) before graduating from the University of Notre Dame with a bachelors in Business Administration in 1996. The first members of the Limon family arrived in Creedmoor in 1889.
Evan Taniguchi has lived in Austin since 1963 and is Principal of Taniguchi Architects. He currently chairs the City of Austin Design Commission and serves on the board of the Zilker Botanical Garden Conservancy. In addition, he has been a Board member of the Austin History Center Association for many years and served as President in 2013.
604 Brazos Street ~ Austin, Texas
Price for member seats ... $125
Price for non-member seats ... $150
Proceeds from each year's luncheon go to the Austin History Center Association, supporter of the Austin History Center, steward of the archives for Austin and Travis County.
You may ask, "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 and was good PR for "Peg Leg," who was later elected three times as mayor of Austin.