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Old Austin meets New Austin in the historical columns of Michael Barnes, writer for the Austin American-Statesman. His new book, Indelible Austin collects several dozen of the columns published in the Statesman over the years, preserving many stories which have not been covered in standard histories of Austin. Join us tonight as he shares his work bringing our city’s historical record into the present.
ABOUT INDELIBLE AUSTIN
Indelible Austin: Selected Histories collects several dozen historical columns written by Michael Barnes and originally published by the Austin American-Statesman. The notion of publishing a book grew out of frequent reader requests for a collected version of these stories which have not been covered in standard histories of Austin. The columns connect Old Austin with New Austin and almost always bring the historical record into the present. Themes include the natural settings, built environments, older neighborhoods, ancestral families, park gems, the meeting of politics, cultures and charity, as well as interpretations of how Old and New Austin relate. Stories from African Americans, Hispanics, Asian Americans and the LGBT community are all featured.
ABOUT MICHAEL BARNES
Michael Barnes was born in Texas and earned his Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin. He writes about Austin’s people, places, culture and history for the Austin American-Statesman.