Eberly Luncheon

Friday, January 29th, 2016

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Date(s) - 01/29/2016
11:00 am - 1:15 pm

The Driskill

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      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.”

In 2016, we are excited to present a distinguished panel of builders and developers who have made a significant impact on the Austin landscape while keeping in mind the history and culture that makes Austin what it is today. Moderator John Street will facilitate a discussion with Sandy Gottesman, John Rosato, and Tom Stacy. Drawing on their unique perspective as developers, the panel will offer a look back at developments between the 1970s and the present, a time when Austin’s growth and development brought it to the attention of the state, nation, and world.

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Friday, January 29, 2016

Meet n’ Greet    11:00 AM
Luncheon    Noon – 1:15 PM

The Driskill
604 Brazos Street ~ Austin, Texas

Individual Ticket Price:  $125/seat

Sponsorship levels and benefits available.
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Who is Angelina Eberly?

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.

The image above showing the six‐pounder fired by Angelina Eberly is courtesy of The Austin History Center, Austin Public Library, PICB 07906.


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