On May 22, 2016, AHCA honored the interviewees of its Oral History “History Makers” initiative. We present them in a “Then & Now” video slide show showing them in the present, and then from their past.

Saving Austin’s History” is a short film produced by Alpheus Media and directed by award-winning filmmaker Mat Hames. The film focuses on the mission of the Austin History Center Association and the challenges faced by the organization’s beneficiary, the Austin History Center. In a time of rapid, significant growth, the need to save Austin’s history has never been more urgent. Produced by Alpheus Media

“2015 Eberly Luncheon: Austin Renovators.” Click on image below to view video from the Eberly 2015 Luncheon featuring an all-star panel of architects, designers, and renovators of historic Austin properties shared first-hand experiences of what it was like to replace the Governor’s Mansion after it burned, rescue from demolition the Driskill Hotel and Walter Tips Home, and restore for generations the Hirshfeld Mansion & Cottage.  View videos from past Eberly Luncheon’s at the City of Austin Website>  Courtesy of City of Austin

“The Blue Bellies are in Austin: Readings from the Travis County Slave Narratives” breathes life into the words found on the pages of 1930’s-era oral history manuscripts; words tinged with the pain and suffering, the fear and yearning, the pride in tradition and family, and the resonating sorrow of those who had been born into slavery. At its core, Blue Bellies (a reference to Union soldiers) builds on a 1930’s-era oral history effort sponsored by the Works Progress Administration’s Federal Writer’s Project, in which 65 former slaves share their memories. Seven are featured in this 22-minute video, which weaves together the voices of local actors reading passages from the oral histories, and photographs from the archives of the Austin History Center. Produced in cooperation with TateAustin, the W.H. Passon Historical Society, the Austin History Center, and the Austin History Center Association.

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