5206 Balcones Dr
Austin, TX 78731
Kick off 2019 with a bang and discover that genealogical treasure on the UT campus, the Briscoe Center for American History. Telling you all about what the center offers will be Benjamin Wright, the center’s Assistant Director for Communication.
The Briscoe Center is located on the UT campus right beside the Lyndon B. Johnson Presidential Library. We are extremely fortunate to have it in Austin and open to genealogists. It is a research center with few peers. And being near the LBJ Library makes parking especially convenient for visitors, especially on weekends.
As a genealogist, it should be one of your frequent stops. The center is a very user-friendly resource. Its staff welcomes anyone who wants to access and research their collections, which for the genealogist includes a newspaper archive on microfilm that is second to none, old USGS maps going back to the start of the 20th century (great for tracing old roads and communities in Texas that no longer exist), a huge collection of books and journals covering every aspect of Texas and U.S. history that you might be interested in. And that’s just a short overview. There is much, much more to explore at the Briscoe Center for the genealogist and for the historian. Ben Wright will explain the center’s history, give an overview of its resources and share some of his favorite stories from his own historical research at the center, which has included work in the Hope Family Plantation Records, the Natchez Trace Collection and the University Archives.
Speaker: Ben Wright
Ben Wright, our speaker, is originally from England. He has a BA and MA in History from Kings College in London has been in Texas since 2003, working mostly at the state capitol and the university. (He would have made it to Texas sooner but his ancestors moved from Scotland, Ireland and Wales to the English midlands rather than crossing the Atlantic.) By day Ben’s a curator, researcher, and media relations specialist at the Briscoe Center. He’s also a PhD student at UT’s history department and writes about politics, travel and faith in his spare time. When not writing, he enjoys traveling, arguing about things, being jumped on by his children, and getting injured playing soccer.