2018 Angelina Eberly Luncheon

Friday, February 2nd, 2018

The 2018 Angelina Eberly Luncheon

The 176th Anniversary of Angelina Eberly's Famous Cannon Shot


 Friday February 2, 2018


Driskill Hotel


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Coffee Mixer, 11:15am  |  Luncheon, Noon - 1:15pm
Driskill Ballroom


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 2018 Eberly Luncheon promises to be memorable, celebrating the Driskill Hotel from its inception to its current iteration. Our keynote presentation features Monte Akers, Waterloo Press Author of the coming history of the Driskill Hotel. Akers will lead a panel presentation focusing on personal recollections of the Driskill over the past 50 years.

Join us for a fascinating overview of the rise, fall, and rise of the "grande dame" of Austin's downtown core.  Panelists will regale us their personal connections and experiences at the Driskill.

The Driskill
604 Brazos Street ~ Austin, Texas

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.


Who is Angelina Eberly?

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.

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