The ECR Festival focuses on making history come to life. Travel back in time on the historic El Camino Real De Los Tejas! Enjoy food, fun, pioneer skills, presentations, crafts, music, and guided hikes. There will also be "Lost Skills" programs on foraging, friction fire, flint knapping, grass house presentations, and more.
This year marks the 225th anniversary of the birth of Stephen F. Austin. The local community has celebrated this event at the historic site of San Felipe de Austin for over 90 years.
With a new museum open on the grounds, the Texas Historical Commission will host an exciting history festival that will include guest speakers (like me), themed tours, a variety of hands-on programming experiences, living history programs and demonstrations, period music and much more.
I will be selling and signing Trammel's Trace books and will do a presentation during the day.
For more information, contact the museum at 979.885.2181.
There's no discussion needed - this is our favorite book event of the year. This is our third year and the first place books were offered. We are surrounded by food, in the midst of living history events, and visited by East Texans who want to know their history. Throw in a mule pressing sugar cane, the storytellers across from our booth, and a funnel cake and you have yourself a mighty fine Saturday in early Fall.
We'll be right outside the door from the museum to the grounds in our usual spot. Maps to give away, plenty of books for you and 10 of your closest friends, and maybe something new for this year.
If you have never been to the Syrup Festival in Henderson you are really missing out on this East Texas bucket list item. For more information go to:
This library and museum in Woodville located in the historic Robert A. Cruse house is a centerpiece of the Tyler County community and recognized by the Temple Foundation as “the benchmark” for all other Texas libraries. Tyler County historians are active through the Gov Shivers Museum and Library, the Tyler County Historical Commission, The Tyler County Forest Landowners Association and the Heritage Village Museum.
This invitation to Woodville will get me back over to the part of Texas where I spent many years (Jefferson & Hardin County). Looking forward to this event and I invite those from SE Texas to join us. Meet and greet (to include refreshments) at 1 pm, presentation and book signing to follow.
This event is open to the public; For more information contact the museum at 409.283.3709 or visit their website: allanshiverslibrary.com
Save the date for this one. An incredible event, supported and sponsored by H-E-B, and held at Washington-on-the-Brazos. We will be there signing and selling books but there will be a LOT going on for a full day's dose of Texas history.
For more information go to www.wheretexasbecametexas.org.
P.S. I was born one day before Texas, but some years after.
The Gann Historical Society & Library, Inc. is a tax exempt non-profit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to promoting an interest in family and community history through its programs of education, preservation, and exchange.
Tom Gann of Lufkin, a true “rut nut” in his own right, has invited me to be part of the 2019 national meeting held in Texas for their theme “Gone to Texas.” These national gatherings feature lectures, workshops and seminars on the sources and methods of research, and various aspects of genealogy.
For more information go to http://gannhistoricalsociety.com/.
Other than the publication of my book on Trammel's Trace, this is the most significant event on this journey into Texas history.
The Stone Fort Chapter of the Daughters of the Republic of Texas in Nacogdoches have undertaken an effort to plan, fund, and erect a 5-foot tall black granite marker memorializing the role of Trammel's Trace in early Texas history.
This stunning marker will interpret Trammel's Trace and its importance, display the map of the early route, and proudly display a DRT historical marker. The location for the marker will be along Banita Creek where the early road from the north likely intersected the San Antonio Road.
Plans are still being finalized for this significant event. The location is at the south end of Banita Creek Park, near the Farmer's Market, at the intersection of Pearl and Hospital streets.
The third Saturday of each month at Washington-on-the-Brazos is a living history demonstration day where visitors get a sense of what period life was like in the 1840s. That will be held at Independence Hall . . . where Texas became Texas. There will also be a Farmer's market on the front lawn. And indoors in the cool, cool air will be me, waiting for you to get your very own signed copy of Trammel's Trace.
I'll be there from 10am to 2pm, with a presentation at 11am in the Vistor Center.
A brand-new 10,000 sq ft Visitor Center opened on April 27th. One month later I will be doing two presentations on Trammel's Trace at their new facility. The first will be at 11:00 am and the second will be at 2:00 pm, with books available for purchase and signing.
Session 1: "Trammel's Trace: The First Road to Texas from the North." This presentation will educate visitors about this early route through east Texas for immigration to Texas during the early 1800s. Participants will be provided a map to follow along as the author describes a trip down the trail, and connects the trail's namesake, Nicholas Trammell to Austin's colony and other events in early Texas.
Session 2: "Paying History Forward: Finding a 200-year Old Road." After a short intro to Trammel's Trace, this session will focus on efforts to locate the existing remains in eight counties of east Texas. The author and a group of "rut nuts" are engaging landowners in discovering, confirming, and preserving their own part of history. A very visual presentation of the old trail as it exists today.
What a great way to start a 3-day weekend!
The theme for the 127th Annual Convention of the Daughters of the Republic of Texas is "Pathway to Texas." I am very thankful for the opportunity to speak to the group about Trammel's Trace and its role in delivering many of their ancestors to the Republic.
I will be doing a workshop session from 1:15 - 2:00 pm on Thursday, May 17th, after which I will have books for sale and signing. Then during the reception that evening I have the wonderful opportunity to take the audience for a 10-minute trip along the road that many of their ancestors took to Texas. Accounts of the rivers, swamps, critters, storms, floods, and interesting characters will be part of the tale.
Many thanks to Susan Aikin for the invitation.
A REAL bookstore in a historic house near the Kilgore College campus, owned by a REAL book lover will be the place to be on Saturday, February 17th. I'll be there signing books, handing out free maps of Trammel's Trace (suitable for framing as they say), and talking about recent successful efforts to locate more remains of the Trace.
Find them at their Facebook page.
Presentation and book signing for weekly meeting of the Marshall (TX) Rotary Club. Additional information on work in the field in Harrison County to locate remaining swales of Trammel's Trace.
If you have not yet visited Caddo Mounds State Historic Site and seen their beautiful new visitor center and the amazing grass house, now you have TWO reasons to come. I will be presenting "Trammel's Trace: East Texas' First Road" on Saturday, December 9th.
Along with an overview of the Trace and the man for which it is named, Nicholas Trammell, I'll explain how many of those who used the road also crossed along the El Camino Real just behind the mounds. Books will be available for sale and for signing, and I will stick around to talk history with anyone interested.
Come early to explore the mounds, see the new visitor center, and experience the grass house. You will be amazed. See you there!
For more information:
Make your plans for a beautiful fall weekend in East Texas.
This is THE best fall festival in East Texas. The time of year is perfect and there is much to do for everyone.
My tent will be just outside the Depot Museum near the storytelling pavilion. Come by and get some books!
The Texas Map Society supports and promotes map collecting, cartography, and the study of cartographic history. My presentation will focus on the maps used in the research of my book on Trammel's Trace.
My presentation will be Saturday, the 28th, at 9:00am, but the program is a full day of interesting topics.
Will be presenting a program for the library's Adult Learning series. For more information contact Cheryl Loewen, Reference Librarian, at 409.643.5974.
Looking forward to a first in my presentations on Trammel's Trace; the use of GoTo Meeting to present in Waco from home here in Houston.
For those of you in the Waco area, contact Gina Andrie at 254-379-3302 for more information, for go to their website at www.ctgs.org.
Will present the story of Trammel's Trace for a group with extensive, personal knowledge about the history of Texas for their own ancestors. If you are not a member and are interested in attending, contact Bart Dawson at 281.220.7321 for more information.
Looking forward very much to this presentation in Historic Washington, Arkansas sponsored by the Southwest Area Regional Archive (SARA), part of the Department of Arkansas Heritage. If you have never been to this historic site or to the archive you are missing some real gems. The event will be held in the 1914 Schoolhouse in Old Washington.
SARA is where my research started and my presentation will be completely different than any other, focusing on not only Trammel's Trace but the Southwest Trail that brought people across Arkansas to the Great Bend of the Red River. Here is the full press release from the Arkansas State Archives. Please see the information below to register for attendance.
Arkansas State Archives
One Capitol Mall
Little Rock, AR 72201
Washington - The Southwest Arkansas Regional Archives (SARA) and the SARA Foundation will host a lecture and book signing at 2 p.m. on Sat., Apr. 15, 2017, at the 1914 Schoolhouse in Historic Washington State Park, Department of Arkansas Heritage Director Stacy Hurst announced today.
Gary Pinkerton, author of Trammel’s Trace: The First Road to Texas from the North, will present the history of Trammel’s Trace, the first road from the United States into the northern boundaries of Spanish Texas. The road was named for Nicholas Trammel and served as a smuggler’s road between the two areas. Mr. Pinkerton will also sign copies of his book after his lecture. Light refreshments will be served.
The lecture is free but registration is required. Registration is limited and deadline for registration will be Thursday, April 13.
State Historian and Archives Director Dr. Lisa Speer noted that having Mr. Pinkerton to SARA to speak about Trammel’s Trace is especially fitting. “Gary used the Southwest Arkansas Regional Archives extensively in his research for this book,” said Speer. “He built on the work of James and Mary Dawson, who had conducted research in the 1940s, and later donated their materials to the archives at Historic Washington. In a sense, Gary’s lecture and book signing brings his research on Trammel’s Trace full circle.”
Located in Historic Washington State Park, the Southwest Arkansas Regional Archives is a branch of the Arkansas State Archives and is dedicated to collecting and preserving primary source materials that bring together the unique history, culture, and heritage of Southwest Arkansas.
The Arkansas State Archives is an agency of the Department of Arkansas Heritage and is responsible for collecting and maintaining the largest collection of historical materials on Arkansas in the world.
Other agencies of the Department of Arkansas Heritage include the Arkansas Arts Council, the Arkansas Historic Preservation Program, the Delta Cultural Center in Helena, the Old State House Museum, the Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission, the Mosaic Templars Cultural Center and the Historic Arkansas Museum.
For more information or to register, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 501-682-6900.
The Bellville Historical Society sponsors "Authors, Archaeology, Stephen F. Austin and Santa Anna at San Felipe!" I will be doing a presentation on Trammel's Trace at 1:00 pm.
10:00 a.m. - Santa Anna at San Felipe! Most Texans are aware of Houston's retreat that ended in victory at the Battle of San Jacinto; Santa Anna's travels to the same battleground brought him to San Felipe for three days in early April of 1836 - hear about current insights regarding the Mexican military campaign and the headquarters of Austin's Colony.
11:00 a.m. - Dan Worrall, Pleasant Bend: Upper Buffalo Bayou and the San Felipe Trail in the 19th Century.
Noon - Author meet-and-greet; have your copies of these books autographed onsite
1:00 p.m. - Author Gary Pinkerton, Trammel's Trace: The First Road to Texas from the North.
2:00 p.m. - Archaeology! Update on recent archaeology related to the revolutionary government in San Felipe and a special presentation by Matthew Loocke, Lab Manager and Research Engineering Scientist, Shimadzu Institute for Research Technologies, University of Texas - Arlington on recent analysis of some San Felipe artifacts.
3:00 p.m. - Museum Construction Project Update. Every event attendee that makes a donation to the capital campaign project for the new museum at San Felipe de Austin will be entered into a drawing for a 'hardhat' tour of the construction site at 5:30 p.m..! Ten participants will be selected - tour invitees must be present at the drawing to win and must be wearing closed-toe shoes. Tour takes place immediately following the drawing.
4:00 p.m. - Stephen F. Austin! Researcher Bruce Clavey shares new information on Austin's time imprisoned in Mexico City in the Palace of the Inquisition!
Ongoing throughout the day - grounds tour of the current archaeological landscape, hands-on activities and a small archaeology exhibit inside the replica cabin.
Free admission and fun for all!
For more information about the event call 979-885-2181, or go to www.visitsanfelipedeaustin.com.
A presentation and discussion with the Nacogdoches chapter of the DRT, not only about the history of Trammel's Trace but about how to remember it through historical markers and education.
This is not a typical presentation. Discussion will be a focused on the possible placement of a Trammel's Trace DRT marker within Nacogdoches. Anyone interested in that subject is invited.
I will be attending the TSHA Annual Meeting in Houston and will be signing books at the table with my publisher, Texas A&M University Press. I'll be at their book table at 2pm on Thursday, March 2. Stop by and say hello.
A presentation and book signing near the home of Sam Houston, a fellow Piscean.
This presentation will focus on Trammel's Trace in Marion County.
Event will be sponsored by the Jefferson Historical Society & Museum in cooperation with the Marion County Historical Commission. It will be held at the Jefferson Historical Museum in the second floor art gallery. (NOTE: There is no elevator to the second floor.)
Looking forward to a discussion with a room full of folks who are well-versed in Texas history and curious to learn more about Trammel's Trace. And to the wine and cheese. For additional information call:
Marsha Jones 972-672-8584
Jefferson Historical Society Museum 903-665-2775
On the earliest survey maps for the Republic of Texas, the path of Trammel's Trace was noted more often in Harrison County than in any of the others it crossed. From the Big Cypress Bayou in the north to the "Bloody Prairie," the Sabine River and Ramsdale's Ferry in the south, the history of the first road to Texas in Harrison County is unlike any other.
In this presentation, we will take a look at that route and tell the unique stories of Trammel's Trace before Marshall was founded in 1841.
The presentation will be in the courtroom of the beautifully restored old Harrison County Courthouse.
For more information call the museum at 903-935-8417 Ext. 1.
This very special presentation is for the regular monthly meeting of the Travis County Archaeological Society. The group has agreed to open up the meeting for others who may be interested.
Given the unique nature of the group, this presentation will focus heavily on the route and its place in the history of east Texas.
Dinner is at 6pm, the program starts around 7pm.
For anyone in this part of east Texas, this is the event for you. You get lunch, you get to support the Friends of the Mt. Enterprise Library, and you get to pick up your copy of Trammel's Trace.
There will be an enthusiastic group of attendees. Mt. Enterprise is where both my parents grew up and where we still have family land with remains of Trammel's Trace crossing through the woods.
This is a fund raiser for the library, so raid the rainy day fund and bring enough money to get yourself a book, a superior baked potato lunch for $10, and then you can buy a homemade dessert to take home with you after the session.
Really looking forward to this event. Call 903.822.3532 if you need more information.
The Linden Heritage Foundation is doing great things in Cass County. Immediately following their Annual Meeting they will be hosting my presentation and including a broad group from the community in the discussion about Trammel's Trace.
The presentation will be in the District Courtroom of the Historic Cass County Courthouse.
Go to www.bchm.org for more information about the Brazoria County Historical Museum.