The Painted Churches of Texas
Many Czech and German communities created reflections of their former homelands when they immigrated to Texas in the 1800s, notably through language, customs and in what became known as the Painted Churches. In 1983, fifteen 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 their 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. Participants will learn about the congregations, architects, artists, and artwork of several of the Painted Churches, focusing on four near Schulenburg in the communities of Dubina, High Hill, Praha, and Ammannsville.
Bob Brinkman joined the staff of the Texas Historical Commission in 2001 and is the coordinator of the Historical Markers program. In this role, he has written 900 or so historical marker inscriptions. Bob graduated from Round Rock High School and earned degrees in cultural geography from the University of Texas and historic architecture from Texas A&M. He has been a member of several heritage groups and has presented papers at Texas State Historical Association, East Texas Historical Association and West Texas Historical Association conferences. Bob has also written sports, history, and travel articles for local newspapers, and compiled the Arcadia Publishing pictorial history of Round Rock.
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