The Elisabet Ney Museum Is a Historic Austin ‘Hidden Gem’

The Elisabet Ney Museum Is a Historic Austin ‘Hidden Gem’

At the corner of East 44th Street and Avenue H in the Hyde Park neighborhood of Austin stands a three-story stone structure that looks like a small medieval castle, with a keep (or fortified tower) and a colonnaded portico at the entrance.

What Remains of the Wends Can Be Found in Serbin

What Remains of the Wends Can Be Found in Serbin

On the eve of Jan. 25, students at St. Paul Lutheran School in Serbin, south of Giddings, set out empty plates on windowsills and fence posts as part of an annual tradition called the Birds’ Wedding.

Where the Wild Things Are at Pecan Springs Karst Preserve

Where the Wild Things Are at Pecan Springs Karst Preserve

“To the bat cave!” Rachael Lindsey says with a grin. We’re standing at the base of a giant cottonwood near a spring-fed stream in northern Williamson County, about an hour north of Austin.

What’s Old Is New Again at the Texas Science & Natural History Museum in Austin

What’s Old Is New Again at the Texas Science & Natural History Museum in Austin

Nearly 90 years ago, an advertisement ran in the Austin American-Statesman for a commemorative coin that would help fund the construction of a new museum to house the state’s great historic treasures.

Texas Film Workers Discuss the Industry’s Future

Texas Film Workers Discuss the Industry’s Future

When Will Mederski moved to Austin from Ohio in 2015, he was enjoying the climate and culture, working mostly as a freelance photographer, and spending his days off munching breakfast tacos and hanging out at Barton Springs.

The Daytripper’s Picks for a West Austin Adventure

The Daytripper’s Picks for a West Austin Adventure

The city of Austin is a crossroads—a place where hippies and cowboys commingle, where blackland prairie meets limestone hills, and where the eastern and western halves of the state collide.

Meet the Grasshoppers Newly Named After Willie Nelson and Jerry Jeff Walker

Meet the Grasshoppers Newly Named After Willie Nelson and Jerry Jeff Walker

What’s from Central Texas, makes music, and has a fondness for grass? If you say country music star and Texas treasure Willie Nelson, you’d be right.

Meet Comfort Tysen, the Texas State Capitol’s Longest-Serving Tour Guide

Meet Comfort Tysen, the Texas State Capitol’s Longest-Serving Tour Guide

When Comfort Tysen gives a tour, she puts her whole body into the job.
On some days, the longest-serving guide at the Texas State Capitol will ascend the building’s ornate cast-iron staircases hundreds of times, greeting many of the people she passes there by name.

There’s a Story Around Every Corner on the Guided History Tour at Austin’s Driskill Hotel

There’s a Story Around Every Corner on the Guided History Tour at Austin’s Driskill Hotel

As I finish my quiche and bloody mary garnished with a generous bacon slice at the Driskill Hotel’s first-floor 1886 Cafe (named for the year the hotel opened), I realize I’m time traveling in a few different ways.

Seventy Years Ago, Cedar Choppers Ruled the Hill Country with Axes and Muscle

Seventy Years Ago, Cedar Choppers Ruled the Hill Country with Axes and Muscle

I had my one encounter with honest-to-goodness cedar choppers just about the time those “almost mythical, gypsy-like people,” as Texas literary legend Edwin “Bud” Shrake referred to them in an essay, were disappearing from the Hill Country.

Austin’s Waterloo Park Is Abuzz with Dan Winters’ ‘Seeing Bees’ Photo Installation

Austin’s Waterloo Park Is Abuzz with Dan Winters’ ‘Seeing Bees’ Photo Installation

A path winds down the hillside in the Luci and Ian’s Family Hill Country Garden at the south end of Waterloo Park, just a couple blocks from the Texas State Capitol.

Get Swept Away at Republic of Texas Brooms and 1800’s General Store in New Braunfels

Get Swept Away at Republic of Texas Brooms and 1800’s General Store in New Braunfels

It’s wet and cool outside at Heritage Village in New Braunfels, but inside the limestone cottage where John Potter works, it’s cozy.

Austin’s Broken Spoke Dance Hall Finally Gets Its Texas Historical Marker

Austin’s Broken Spoke Dance Hall Finally Gets Its Texas Historical Marker

On what would have been James M. White’s 83rd birthday, friends of the White family, local musicians, politicians, and press, along with longtime patrons, gathered in the dirt parking lot under the storied oak tree outside the Broken Spoke in Austin.

Beauty and the Beast: The Battle of the Bluebonnet Co-Capitals of Texas

Beauty and the Beast: The Battle of the Bluebonnet Co-Capitals of Texas

When the Texas Legislature focuses on bluebonnets, it can take unprecedented action, with our State Flower getting drawn into regional rivalries and larger political disputes.

Latinx Artists Explore What It Means to Be from Texas in San Antonio Exhibition ‘Soy de Tejas’

Latinx Artists Explore What It Means to Be from Texas in San Antonio Exhibition ‘Soy de Tejas’

In 1985, South Texas musician Steve Jordan sang “Soy de Tejas,” a love letter he wrote to the state and to his Chicano heritage that went on to become a Tejano classic.

Radney Foster Reflects on Del Rio, Mentoring Kacey Musgraves, and Induction Into the THSA Hall of Fame

Radney Foster Reflects on Del Rio, Mentoring Kacey Musgraves, and Induction Into the THSA Hall of Fame

Even as he’s lived two-thirds of his life in Tennessee, Radney Foster has always considered himself a Texas songwriter.

From Soap Creek Saloon to Willie Nelson’s Picnic, 1973 Was the Year Austin Music Peaked

From Soap Creek Saloon to Willie Nelson’s Picnic, 1973 Was the Year Austin Music Peaked

Back in 1986, while Stevie Ray Vaughan was becoming an MTV guitar hero, three Austin acts—Charlie Sexton, the Fabulous Thunderbirds, and Timbuk3—had Top 20 hits, making the year a great one in touting the Texas capital as a vital music scene.

Ray Benson of Asleep at the Wheel Puts Texas Music History Up for Auction

Ray Benson of Asleep at the Wheel Puts Texas Music History Up for Auction

There comes a time in every person’s life when they must look around at their many possessions and declare: This all needs to live somewhere else.

Texas Arts and Crafts Fair Celebrates 50 Years of Lone Star Talent

Texas Arts and Crafts Fair Celebrates 50 Years of Lone Star Talent

Edith Maskey had just begun her art practice 50 years ago when she took a chance and entered her work for consideration in the inaugural Texas Arts and Crafts Fair in Kerrville.

The Gourdgeous Glass Pumpkin Patch Festival Breaks the Mold for the Fall Season

The Gourdgeous Glass Pumpkin Patch Festival Breaks the Mold for the Fall Season

Pumpkin spice cocktails, pumpkin soup, pumpkin bread, pumpkin-scented candles, multi-hued decorative pumpkins—everywhere you look, there’s pumpkin something.

‘Field of Light’ Shines Bright at Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center

‘Field of Light’ Shines Bright at Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center

This September, London-born large-scale light artist Bruce Munro illuminates the Central Texas landscape. Field of Light, an installation of 28,000 solar-powered glowing orbs, converts a 16-acre field at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center into a pulsing multicolored wonderland.

50 Years Ago, Willie Nelson United Cowboys and Hippies at the Armadillo World Headquarters

50 Years Ago, Willie Nelson United Cowboys and Hippies at the Armadillo World Headquarters

With the Vietnam War still raging in the summer of 1972, there was a cultural chasm that seemed too wide to cross in Texas: Longhairs weren’t welcome in honky-tonks, and cowboys didn’t mingle with “peaceniks.” But five words built a bridge.

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