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Conserving Texas, Preserving History:
Understanding Our Texas Landscape
2010 Winedale Spring Symposium | April 17, 2010, 9:00 A.M. – 2:30 P.M.

The 2010 Winedale Symposium gives guests the opportunity to explore the connections between history and nature, featuring talks from historian Douglas Brinkley, Conservation History Association of Texas Founder David Todd, and Director of Landscape Restoration at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, Dr. Steve Windhager. From Theodore Roosevelt and the origins of the American environmental movement, to the importance of managing and conserving the natural resources of our state, we will examine the historical context that informs our own land restoration project at Winedale. Join us as we uncover the historical significance of our own backyard.

Seating is limited. Registration is available on a first–come, first–served basis. The registration fee is $45 per person. Registrations refunded if cancelled by April 7, 2010.

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Doug Brinkley kicks off this year’s program with a talk on Theodore Roosevelt, one of the key historic figures in the American conservation movement, and his travels in Texas. David Todd will offer a talk about land conservation history in Texas, touching on the historical significance of public land deaccessions to conservation issues.

The Briscoe Center recently partnered with and The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center to develop a Master Plan for Winedale, designed to provide land restoration recommendations for the conservations of Winedale’s resources. Steve Windhager will share the resulting Master Plan, including the ecological history of Winedale in the plan’s site analysis, and the extensive land restoration and ecological goals.

A highlight of the symposium will be the reopening ceremony for the Joseph Biegel House. Originally built in 1832, this finely wrought example of a planked cedar log building has been rehabilitated thanks to the support of the Ragsdale Foundation. Guests will hear about the inside story of the Biegel House rehabilitation, including a tribute to the late Ken Parker, whose support and tireless efforts made this and other Winedale restoration projects possible.

The daylong symposium will include tours of Winedale’s historic buildings and grounds, as well as a barbecue lunch.