Preserving the real places and the real stories of Texas.

Real Places 2019: Lost In Interpretation

Telling Undertold Stories At Texas State Historic Sites

Breakout 4C

Day/Time: Thursday, January 17, 4–5:15 p.m.
Location: Capitol Salon A, 3rd Floor
Speakers: Emiliano “Nano” Calderon and Machelle Wood, Texas Historical Commission

The THC’s Casa Navarro and Magoffin Home State Historic Sites are dedicated to telling the stories of Texas through the life and times of Jose Antonio Navarro and the Magoffin family. Both sites and their surrounding neighborhoods share distinct histories of development, destruction, and preservation that complicate the stories of their existence. Through new research, staff will explore undertold stories of these communities, urban renewal, and its effects. Examples of how these stories are reflected in tours, programming, and other visitor engagements will be presented.


Emiliano ‘Nano’ Calderon is site educator at the Texas Historical Commission’s Casa Navarro State Historic Site in San Antonio. He has a master’s degree in History from the University of Texas at San Antonio and moonlights as a cyclist.


Machelle Wood has been the education and public events coordinator at the Texas Historical Commission’s Magoffin Home State Historic Site for the last four years. She previously spent a decade conserving and reproducing decorative finishes in historically significant buildings across the U.S.