Fort Bend Archeological Society meeting on May 20
Bryan McAuley, Site Manager at the San Felipe de Austin State Historic Site, will be the speaker for the Tuesday, May 20, meeting of the Fort Bend Archeological Society. McAuley will present a program on recent historical and archeological research at San Felipe de Austin including photos of artifacts excavated from the site and an unveiling of plans for the new museum and visitor’s center at the site.
The meeting will begin at 7:00 p.m. in the assembly hall of the Gus George Law Enforcement Academy at 1521 Eugene Heimann Circle in Richmond (across the street from the Justice Center). The meeting is free of charge and open to the public.
San Felipe de Austin, on the west bank of the Brazos River, two miles east of Sealy in southeastern Austin County, was founded in 1824 by Stephen F. Austin. Austin initially brought 297 families, the Old Three Hundred, under a contract with the Mexican Government. San Felipe de Austin played an important role in the events of the Texas Revolution and was for a period the colonial capital of Texas. The conventions of 1832 and 1833 and the Consultation of 1835 were all held there.For more information on San Felipe de Austin see http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/hls10
Bryan McAuley grew up near the Texas Gulf Coast in Angleton, graduating from high school there in 1987. He attended the University of Texas at Austin, graduating with a BA in government and anthropology in 1991 (and participating in a Mayan archeology field school in Belize that summer). He completed MA studies at Texas State University in political science and sociology in 1995.
Bryan became the first regional coordinator for the Texas Independence Trail Region heritage tourism initiative. He has also served the Fort Bend County Museum Association as Curator of Interpretation at the George Ranch Historical Park and later became Director of Historical Services at the site. In 2008, he was invited to join the newly created Historic Sites Division of the Texas Historical Commission as the site manager of two important developing sites – San Felipe de Austin and the Levi Jordan Plantation. He currently works with both San Felipe State Historic Site and the Fannin Battleground State Historic Site.
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