Preserving the real places and the real stories of Texas.

Real Places 2019: Open The Door

Interpreting Historic Churches And Sacred Spaces

Breakout 2D

Day/Time: Thursday, January 17, 11:15 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Location: Capitol Salon BC, 3rd Floor
Speakers: Ted Lee Eubanks, Fermata, Inc.

Not every Texas community has a historic courthouse, Civil War battlefield, or history museum. Virtually all, however, have a historic church with a rich past that yearns to be told, as well as parishioners eager to get involved. Eubanks will share experiences not only with churches and sacred spaces around the world, but also with interpreting a specific church: St. Mary Cathedral in Austin. One of the oldest churches in the city, it was a key player in the restoration of the Catholic church to Texas after the revolution. Delve into the world of historic churches and learn about ways you can engage the public in these often-overlooked historic resources.

Members of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) can earn continuing education credits for this activity (or many activities at this event). Texas Society of Architects (TxA) is the provider of record. When Learning Units (LU) and health, safety, and welfare (HSW) credits are available for AIA-approved courses, they are noted at the end of an activity description. More information about AIA’s continuing education program can be found at and

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Ted Lee Eubanks is a certified interpretive planner, heritage interpreter, and interpretive trainer. A widely published author and photographer, he has spoken on the topics of heritage travel, sustainable travel, and preservation across the world. He is currently working for the Downtown Austin Alliance on an interpretive plan for Austin’s historic squares and Congress Avenue. Eubanks and his wife, Virginia, live in Austin’s Old Enfield neighborhood in a historic 1931 bungalow.