Earlier this year, we visited with Bob Brinkman, staff member of the Texas Historical Commission, as he guided us through the artistic surprises of the painted churches of Texas. In this exciting follow up, we’ll host three presenters who’ve worked tirelessly to preserve and research these masterpieces of Texas craftsmanship. They will speak to the details of preservation efforts.
Join us as we welcome the Honorable Judge Ed Janecka, conservator Robert Alden Marshall, and author Anthony Head. Judge Janecka will speak about his community efforts to restore original stenciling in the painted church in Dubina. Marshall will detail restoration efforts at the churches in High Hill and Dubina. Finally, Head will tell us about his forthcoming book, which is all about—you guessed it—the painted churches of Texas.
A little background on these important glimpses into our past: Many Czech and German communities created reflections of their former homelands when they immigrated to Texas in the 1800s, notably through language, customs, and what became known as the painted churches. In 1983, 15 of these exceptional examples of architecture and artistry were listed in the National Register of Historic Places. Echoing the great cathedrals and churches that nurtured the people’s faith in the Old World, these special places, which are concentrated in the central part of Texas, are some of the state’s highest expressions of design and worship.