Tickets
•  $30 MFAH members
•  $35 Nonmembers
•  $15 Students (with ID)
Price includes a box lunch on Saturday. Register by February 8 to receive a $5 discount (does not apply to student pricing).

Reserve your seat in advance! Get tickets below. Please note that one ticket includes admission for both days. Tickets for individual days are not available. 

To honor Bayou Bend’s founding director emeritus and his passion for American material culture, the MFAH established the David B. Warren Symposium, presented biennially since 2007. Each symposium develops a different aspect of the overall theme of American material culture and the Texas experience. The 2019 theme is “A Diverse History: Texas, the Lower South, and the Southwest before 1900.”

Friday Agenda

  • Keynote Address | 6 p.m. Brown Auditorium Theater, MFAH 
    “CIRCA 1718: Five Who Shaped Viceregal Texas”
    Speaker: Marion Oettinger, curator emeritus, Latin American art, San Antonio Museum of Art
  • Reception | Following the keynote address

Saturday Agenda

  • Welcome & Opening Remarks 9:30 a.m. Brown Auditorium Theater, MFAH 
  • Morning Presentations Brown Auditorium Theater, MFAH
    ♦ “House-Proud in Texas: The Struggle for a Proper Frontier Home” Speaker: Evelyn Montgomery, director of curatorial affairs, Dallas Heritage Village
    ♦ “Haciendas, Homes, and Household Furnishings in Spanish Colonial New Mexico” Speaker: Donna Pierce, Frederick and Jan Mayer curator of Spanish Colonial Art, Denver Art Museum
  • Lunch Box lunch included in registration free
  • Afternoon Presentations Brown Auditorium Theater, MFAH
    ♦ “How Environment and Technological Style Shaped Material Culture in Prehistory” Speaker: Harry J. Shafer, archaeologist and professor emeritus, Texas A&M University
    ♦ “Contested Cultures: Native Dress and Plant Healing in Spanish and Mexican Texas” Speaker: Mark Goldberg, associate professor, department of history, University of Houston
    ♦ “A Confederate Inkwell in England: Pro-Confederate cotton elites in Liverpool” Speakers: Marjorie Denise Brown, instructor, department of history, Houston Community College & Teresa R. Jach, instructor, department of history, Houston Community College Northwest
  • Reception | 4:30 p.m. Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens

Questions? Contact bayoubend@mfah.org


Tickets for David B. Warren Symposium “A Diverse History: Texas, the Lower South, and the Southwest before 1900”
Saturday, February 23, 2019 9:30 a.m.

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Student $15.00
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The David B. Warren Symposium is made possible with generous support from The David B. Warren Endowment; Humanities Texas, the State affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities; Nancy Glanville Jewell; Marilyn G. Lummis; John L. Nau III; and The Summerlee Foundation.


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