Austin 2019 Additional Details

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these folks attended the
2019 Austin Teaching with Primary Sources Workshops and Unconference (info here »)
which was Fri, August 2, 2019 at Harry Ransom Center

(for the record: 97 attendees checked in (140 registrants as of Aug 1 including dropped/added; after June 26 main-registration cutoff, 56 signed up on the waitlist and got in; 30 reached out to cancel prior to event). Since it was a drop-in/drop-out event, onsite count fluctuated throughout the day, with headcounts at various times of: 75 at 9:15am; 90 at 9:45am; 70 at 11:00am; For session headcounts, see google doc schedule.)

The individuals below checked in on August 2 and (via the registration form) explicitly stated that their names could be shared. If you attended and would like your name added here, please email email Also, if you’re a teacher and an attendance certificate (for PD/CE credit) would be helpful, let us know.
Luz Alvarez-Sims (AISD/ Academia Cuauhtli)
Danna Bell (Educational Resource Specialist | Library of Congress)
Kerry Bowden (Coordinator, Archives & Special Collection | Oxford College of Emory University)
Amy Bowman (Photo archivist | Briscoe Center, UT Austin)
Rose Brewer (Professor | University of Minnesota)
Chris Brown (Archivist | Centenary College of Louisiana)
Molly Brown (Reference and Outreach Archivist | Northeastern University)
Bree’ya Brown (Graduate, Masters in Science and Info Studies | University of Texas at Austin)
Christine Calvo (Project Archivist | Gilder Lehrman Institute)
Conor Casey (Labor Archivist (Curator, Directing Archivist) | University of Washington)
Lourdes Cervantes (Media Specialist | Hays CISD Science Hall Elementary)
Melissa Contreras (Teacher | Austin ISD)
Dale Correa (Middle Eastern Studies Librarian & History Coordinator | University of Texas Libraries)
Shannon Costello (Archivist for the ExxonMobil Historical Collection | Dolph Briscoe Center for American History)
Martha Cotera (Independent scholar and archivist | former University of Texas Libraries)
Elizabeth Cruces (Hispanic Collections Archivist | University of Houston)
Rebekah Dobrasko (Historic Preservation Specialist | Texas Dept. of Transportation)
Paige Downey (Heritage & University Archives Assistant | Florida State University)
Roxanne Dunn (Special Collections & Archives Librarian | Southeast Missouri State University)
Abra Gist (ENG IV & AP LIT Teacher | Fort Bend ISD & Texans Can Academies)
Jennifer Grant (Assistant Archivist | York University)
Natalie Hill (Consuelo Artaza and Carlos Castañeda Diversity Resident Librarian | UT Libraries)
Ann Hodges (Director of Special Collections | Texas Christian University)
Colleen Hoelscher (Special Collections Librarian | Trinity University)
Kaitlin Holt (Program Manager, Brooklyn Connections | Brooklyn Public Library)
Grace Hopkins (Teacher | Perez Elementary, Austin ISD)
Pamela Hopkins (Public Services and Outreach Archivist | Tufts University)
Mary Johnson (Coordinator | TPS Teachers Network)
Julie Judkins (Assistant Head, Special Collections | University of North Texas)
Natalia Kapacinskas (Graduate Research Assistant for Information Literacy Services | UT Austin)
kYmberly Keeton (African AMerican Community Archivist & LIbrarian | Austin Histoy Center, Austin Public LIbrary)
Angela Kent (Head of Reference | Texas State Library and Archives Commission)
Caitlin Klepper (Head of Public Services | Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas)
Jackson Knowles (Program Director | MINDPOP)
Stephanie Krauss (Reference Archivist | CHarvard)
Dana Lamparello (Assistant University Archivist | Northwestern University)
Monika Lehman (Archivist | Yale University)
Ryan Leimkuehler (University Records Manager | Kansas State University)
Sharon Liao (high school ELA teacher | Dulles HS)
Tara Maharjan (Processing Archivist | Rutgers University – Special Collections and University Archives)
Molly Marcusse (Instruction & Reference Archivist | University of Wyoming)
Hillary Matlin
Meagan May (Public Services Librarian, Special Collections | University of North Texas)
Dylan McDonald (Special Collections Librarian/Political Papers Archivist | New Mexico State University)
DOROTHY MCGEE (6th Social Studies Teacher | Warren Central Immediate)
Pedro Moreno (US History Librarian | University of Texas Libraries)
Heidi Abbey Moyer (Archivist and Humanities Reference Librarian, Coordinator of Archives and Special Collections | The Pennsylvania State University Libraries (Penn State Harrisburg))
Lori Myers-Steele (Collections Archivist | Berea College)
Amanda Nelson (University Archivist | Wesleyan University)
Cinda Nofziger
Rose Oliveira (Linda Lear Special Collections Librarian | Connecticut College)
Jennifer Overstreet (Outreach and Instruction Librarian for Special Collections | East Carolina University)
Jaimi Parker (Exhibits Coordinator | University of North Texas Libraries)
Sarah Patton (Public Services Archivist | Hoover Institution Archives, Stanford University)
Christina Paulson (Lead guide, Upper Elementary | Parkside Community School)
Julia Pelaez (Brooklyn Connections Educator | Brooklyn Public Library)
Rebecca Petersen May (Public Services Archivist | Wake Forest University)
Brent Phillips (Audiovisual Archivist | Rockefeller Archive Center)
Elizabeth Polk (Director, Library Media Services | Austin Independent School District)
Holly Robertson (Exhibitions Coordinator | University of Virginia)
Nikki D Robertson (Project Coordinator: Digital Learning | ESC Region 13)
Jamie Ross (Archeological Collections Manager | Texas Historical Commission)
Joshua Rowley (Reference Archivist | Rubenstein Library – Duke University)
Katie Salzmann (Lead Archivist | The Wittliff Collections)
Margaret Schlankey (Head of Public Services | Dolph Briscoe Center for American History)
Carrie Schwier (Outreach and Public Services Archivist | Indiana University)
Aaron Smithers (Special Collections Research and Instruction Librarian | Wilson Special Collections Library, UNC Chapel Hill)
Vanessa St.Oegger-Menn (Pan Am 103 Archivist & Assistant University Archivist | Syracuse University Libraries)
Charles Stampley (James Bowie High School, Austin ISD)
laura tadena (Diversity Resident Librarian | University of Texas at Austin)
Nina Tarnawsky (University of Texas at Austin School of Information)
Annie Tummino (Head of Special Collections and Archives | Queens College, City University of New York)
Matthew Turi (Manuscripts Research and Instructional Librarian | UNC-Chapel Hill)
Sandra Varry (Heritage & University Archivist | Florida State University)
Will Waghorne (Round Rock ISD/Canyon Vista MS)
Kimberley Walker (6th Grade Math | Warren Central Immediate)
Peter Weis (Archivist of the School | Northfield Mount Hermon)
Joshua Youngblood (Instruction and Outreach Unit Head | University of Arkansas Libraries)
Christina Zamon (Head of Special Collections & Archives | Georgia State University)


You’re on your own for lunch on August 2. Below are places to eat that are within a three-block radius of the Ransom Center. (Thanks Margaret S for the list!)

UPDATE April 5, 2019:
The days program is coming together! We expect the event will run 8:45am-4:00pm, but remember it’s a drop-in/drop-out event if you’re busy with other things. Our morning session will include a presentation by high school students who have taken part in the SMOOT (Student Minds Organizing Opportunities for Teens) program at Austin’s Flower Hill Urban Homestead Museum, meeting monthly to develop curriculum and hands-on programming with primary sources for other teens in Austin. The remainder of the day will focus on unconference discussion sessions…what’s an unconference?

The Flower Hill Urban Homestead Museum is a celebration of the working class lives of American civil servants, the unsung foundation of our great city and society. By using pieces of the past—including three centuries’ worth of furnishings, textiles, and texts; a gorgeous Texas wildscape, which is home to six historic out-buildings, ponds, and rockeries; and the whole Smoot family story—combined with the Flower Hill Foundation’s unique drive to play an active role in the world today, the Foundation will establish an inclusive museum space where Austin’s fundamental beliefs are celebrated and a culture of creativity and civic mindfulness is cultivated to take on the challenges of the future.
The Flower Hill Foundation exists to honor the late Jane Smoot’s vision to celebrate an Austin founding family of civil servants; preserve one of the city’s last historic homesteads; and empower, inspire, and engage the diverse Austin community of today and tomorrow.

The Foundation is striving to open our doors by Fall of 2019.

Student Minds Organizing Opportunities for Teens (SMOOT) is a volunteer group of local area high school students who currently meet once a month to help develop curriculum and mission-based programming opportunities for teens in the Austin community. In addition to developing hands-on immersive programing, each member of SMOOT has also taken on individual volunteer projects focusing on archiving Miss Jane Smoot’s travel slides, diaries, and scrapbooks.
Twitter: @FlowerHill1877
Instagram: flowerhillfoundation