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Washington: Republic of Texas Mosaic: Cultural Diversity from Independence to Statehood

October 24, 2015 - 9:00am to 5:00pm

The Central Texas Historical Association, founded by faculty from Blinn College’s Division of Social Sciences, invites the public to its first educational symposium at Washington on the Brazos – “Where Texas Became Texas.”

“Republic of Texas Mosaic: Cultural Diversity from Independence to Statehood,” is set for Saturday, Oct. 24, from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. at the Conference Center at Washington on the Brazos State Historic Site (WOB).

Four distinguished scholars will discuss topics related to cultural diversity in the Texas Republic. Carolina Castillo Crimm, retired professor of history at Sam Houston State University, will address the experiences of Tejanos; Mary L. Scheer, professor of history at Lamar University, will discuss women’s experiences; James C. Kearney, instructor of Germanic studies at the University of Texas, will examine experiences of German Texans; and James L. Haley, author and Texas historian, will address Native American experiences in the Republic.

“The symposium provides an opportunity for anyone interested in Texas history to learn more about the area in which we live and its different cultural groups,” said Dr. Kenneth Howell, Blinn history instructor and executive director of the CTHA. “That’s the mission of the CTHA—to promote the history and culture of the Central Texas region.”

The deadline to register is Friday, Oct. 16. Registration is $45 and includes lunch and a self-guided tour of Blinn’s Star of the Republic Museum on the WOB grounds. To register or learn more about the symposium, visit Registration will be available on-site at 8 a.m. on the day of the symposium, though early commitments are preferred.

Blinn’s Division of Social Sciences launched the CTHA in the spring, making Blinn the first community college in Texas to host a regional historical association. The CTHA is a nonprofit that preserves and promotes the history and culture of Central Texas.

About The Star of The Republic Museum

The Star of the Republic Museum was created by the Texas Legislature and is administered by Blinn College as a cultural and educational institution to collect and preserve the material culture of the Texas Republic (1836-1846) and to interpret the history, cultures, diversity, and values of early Texans. The museum strives to inspire interest, understanding and appreciation of Texas heritage for students, teachers, scholars, and the general public through exhibits, tours, programs, web activities, and outreach. Since 1972, the museum has held the highest honor a museum can receive: accreditation by the American Alliance of Museums (AAM)—one of the first museums in the state and nation to be so designated.

The museum is located at Washington-on-the-Brazos State Historic Site, at 23200 Park Road 12, Washington, Texas, off Highway 105. From Highway 105, follow either FM 912 or FM 1155 to Park Road 12.Daily museum hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, visit www.starmuseum.orgor call 936-878-2461, ext. 237.

About Blinn College

A comprehensive community college committed to educational excellence and to individual and community enhancement, Blinn College has served its 13-county Central Texas region since 1883. With an enrollment of 19,317 students, Blinn ranks among the nation’s leaders in transferring students to leading four-year universities and has received national recognition for affordable educational excellence.

Blinn offers job seekers the skills and credentials they need to succeed in the region’s fast-growing industries, and partners with local businesses to provide skills development training for incumbent employees. Each year, Blinn programs and students make a $345.3 million impact on the local economy.

For more information about Blinn College and exciting student success initiatives such as Destination Success: First-Year Focus and the Blinn TEAM Program, visit or follow us on Facebook and Twitter.


  • Conference Center at Washington on the Brazos State Historic Site
  • 23400 Park Road 12
  • Washington, Texas
  • 77880



  • $45

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