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Winedale Launches Two Series of Fall Events

Winedale, a division of the Briscoe Center for American History, has announced two new event series that will be piloted during the fall 2019 semester. Second Saturdays will have Winedale open from noon to 3 p.m. on October 12, November 9, and December 14 for special tours, demonstrations, and activities. The series concludes with the return of Christmas at Winedale after a one-year hiatus. Lunch and Learn, from noon to 1 p.m. every third Tuesday of the month, features a series of speakers who will walk guests through local history. Speakers scheduled for the fall include Rebecca Barton, Thomas Stevens, Rebecca Jarvis, and Hans Boas.


Second Saturdays

October 12

Life on the Frontier: Learn what it was like to live on the Texas frontier as you tour the Lewis-Wagner House and try your hand at some household chores.

November 9

Buffalo Soldiers: After the Civil War, the Ninth Cavalry of Buffalo Soldiers came to Texas and set up camp in forts along the frontier. Texas Parks and Wildlife’s Buffalo Soldier demonstrators will be on hand to show a typical encampment including tents, equipment, and demonstrations.

December 14

Christmas at Winedale: Tour the period-furnished historic Texas homes at the site while also enjoying demonstrations of blacksmithing, quilting, woodworking, lace making, and weaving. Children's activities include old-fashioned crafts and games, horse-drawn wagon rides, and a petting zoo. Come enjoy folklife presentations, music, and theatrical performances.


Lunch and Learn 

October 15

Thomas Stevens, Washington County Historical Commission member, former president of the Chappell Hill Historical Society, and author of Tennessee Preacher, Tennessee Soldier, presents “The Story of Camp Felder, a Temporary Civil War Prisoner-of-War Camp near Chappell Hill.” 

November 19

Steph Jarvis, director of the Texas Cotton Gin Museum, presents “Burton Farmers Gin to the Texas Cotton Gin Museum—A Story That is Still Being Written!”

December 17

Dr. Hans Boas, chair of the Department of Germanic Studies at the University of Texas at Austin presents “Documenting Texas Germans.”