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    25th Anniversary Celebration Events

    The Friends of the Texas Historical Commission is celebrating it's 25th anniversary in 2021! We will be holding events throughout the year to celebrate--both virtual, and in-person later in the year at the Texas Historical Commission's state historic sites. We hope you are able to join in helping us celebrate 25 years of serving as a critical nonprofit partner to the Texas Historical Commission! 

     

    UPCOMING EVENTS

     

    Thursday, August 19, 6:00 p.m. CDT: A Virtual Tour of Texas Barbecue History
    Platform: Zoom 
    (Registrants will receive the link to the event via email closer to event date)
    Cost: Free

    Join us for a virtual talk on Texas barbecue history with Texas Monthly barbecue editor Daniel Vaughn. 

    Daniel Vaughn is the author of The Prophets of Smoked Meat: A Journey Through Texas Barbecue, and the coauthor of Whole Hog BBQ: The Gospel of Carolina Barbecue. He has traveled the world sampling smoked meats at over 1,800 barbecue joints, most of which are in Texas.

    Pictured: Beaumont Barbeque in Dallas was one of only two barbecue joints in Texas to be included in editions of The Negro Motorist Green Book in the late 1930s. Image courtesy of the Dallas Public Library, Dallas History and Archives Division. Read Vaughn's story in Texas Monthly: "How African American Visitors Found Texas BBQ During the Jim Crow Era"

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    Thursday, September 23, 6:00 p.m. CDT: Marine Archeology in Texas
    Platform: Zoom 
    (Registrants will receive the link to the event via email closer to event date)
    Cost: Free
    Event details coming soon.

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    Saturday, October 2, 2:00 p.m. CDT: You Say Prah-LEENS, We Say PRAY-leens: The Texas Praline Tradition
    Platform: Zoom (Registrants will receive the link to the event via email closer to event date)
    Cost: Free

    Pecan pralines are a beloved element of the Creole cuisine of New Orleans, and their culinary ancestors traveled a long journey from medieval Persia through Europe to French Louisiana in the New World.

    Equally beloved—but less well-known outside of Texas—are the pecan pralines found in Texas-Mexican cooking traditions. Originally sold by 19th-century Tejano street vendors, they later became the standard dessert in 20th-century Tex-Mex restaurants across the state.

    What food-culture migrations brought these caramelized sugar and nut confections to Texas, and do they share common roots with the pralines of Louisiana? Why are these Texas candies called by the French term "pralines?"

    In this presentation, we'll explore the origins and paths of Texas pralines and the connections to their culinary cousins in Louisiana and Mexico.

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