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South by Southwest: A Tour of Plantations and Ranches of the Columbia Bottoms

ONE SATURDAY, 9 A.M. – 5:00 P.M. MARCH 29 RAIN DATE: SATURDAY, APRIL 5 | (LOCATION OF BUS DEPARTURE WILL BE GIVEN TO PARTICIPANTS)

This day trip will explore the historic landscapes of the sugar plantation and cattle ranching country of the lower Brazos and Colorado rivers, southwest of Houston. Before the Civil War, this area was the epicenter of plantation agriculture in Texas, with African-American slave labor an essential component. After the Civil War, the economy shifted toward cattle, and huge ranching empires were amassed.

Archaeologists Kenneth Brown and Carol McDavid of the University of Houston will tell us about social, economic, and racial aspects of the region’s history; and architectural historian Stephen Fox will comment on the historic buildings found in rural sites and also in such towns as Columbia, Matagorda,Wharton and Egypt.

We will visit the Levi Jordan Plantation headquarters, recently acquired by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, and other privately owned historic ranch and plantation homes. Lunch will be a catered outdoor picnic at the Shanghai Pierce Ranch.

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Registration for fall 2018 is ongoing. You may register online, by mail, or by phone with a credit card. 

 

If you are interested in traveling to Virginia in the spring of 2019, please call the registrar at 713.666.9000 to place your name on a list. Please see Terms and Conditions for "travel list" policy. 

 

Please note a date in the Mid-term Elections course has changed from that published in the brochure. The course will meet the first two Mondays, October 29 and November 5 as planned, but will meet Tuesday, November 13 instead of Monday, November 12. 

 

Also note Art Underground: Carlos Cruz-Diez at the Cistern on Wednesday, November 14 is FULLY SUBSCRIBED. A second session has been added and will meet Monday, November 12 from 2:00-3:30 P.M. Registrations are being accepted for November 12. You may register online, or by phone.

 

AND WE ARE PLEASED TO ANNOUNCE A FALL POP-UP COURSE!
Who Gets to Vote: Challenges for the 2020 Elections?
Speaker: Dale Ho, director of the American Civil Liberties Union Voter Rights Project
Monday, November 19, 6:30-8:00 P.M.
Location to be announced

 

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