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Know Your District History

Know Your District History Project

In 2012, Austin voters approved a charter amendment that replaced the at-large election of city council members with a configuration of 10 geographic districts. For 2019, the AHC is launching a series of programs called “Know Your District History!” This project, partially underwritten by the AHCA, is a series of pop-up exhibits and programs designed to celebrate the history within each of the new city council districts. Though the geographic boundaries for each district are relatively new, they represent areas of Austin that have some unique characteristics and histories. Beginning with District 1 in January, the AHC will sponsor one Saturday afternoon event each month – one in each council district – to celebrate the history of the area and to provide an opportunity for the community in that district to share their stories. Each District History Day event will include:

• A pop-up museum for members of the community to bring items showcasing their histories for display during the event. The exhibit will also include information from the AHC’s collections about some aspects of the area.
• Oral history booth for community members to record short, Story Corps-style oral histories about their experiences.
• Brief presentations about the council district and its history.
• Children’s activities and games.
• Recycled Reads mini-book sale.
• And more…

The District History Day in September will feature District 9 and will be held on Sunday, Sept. 22 to coincide with Austin Museum Day. More information on the history day events will be shared on the AHC website as it becomes available.

District 1: November 12, University Hills Branch Library
District 2: February 16, Southeast Branch Library
District 3: March 2, Ruiz Branch Library
District 4: April 13, Little Walnut Branch Library
District 5: May 18, Manchaca Road Branch Library
District 6: June 8, Spicewood Springs Branch Library
District 7: July 13, North Village Branch Library
District 8: August 10, Hampton Branch at Oak Hill
District 9: September 22, Austin History Center
District 10: October 19, Old Quarry Branch Library
For more information on the event series, please call 512-974-7480