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Celebrating the Life

Event Date

December 4, 2013 - 6:00pm


Benson Latin American Collection map
Room 2nd Floor


Special Events


The University of Texas Libraries is partnering with the University of Texas Press to present an event highlighting rare maps of Mexico contained in the collections of the Benson Latin American Collection.

Terroir meets territory as the second installment in the Libraries’ cartography series — “You Are Here: ¡Viva Tequila!” — focuses on the crossroads of historic and contemporary culture of Mexico and its tequila.

Lucinda Hutson, author of the UT Press-published ¡Viva Tequila! Cocktails, Cooking, and Other Agave Adventures, will talk about the history of the region and the rise of Mexico’s most notable contribution to the world of distilled spirits and share personal anecdotes and recipes gathered from her travels. Attendees will have the opportunity to view historical maps of Mexico — including rare examples of hand-illustrated Relaciones Geográficas from the Benson’s collections — to help place the story of tequila into geographical context.

The program will be followed by a modest tequila and mezcal tasting — limited to adults over 21 with ID — provided by Dulce Vida Tequila and Wahaka Mezcal, and dj t-kay (KOOP 91.7 fm/ will provide the evening’s music. “You Are Here: ¡Viva Tequila!” also highlights the Benson’s current exhibition “Mapping Mexican History: Territories in Dispute, Identities in Question.”

Parking is available in the LBJ Museum Parking Lot 38, adjacent to Sid Richardson Hall #2.

The “You Are Here” cartography series takes place four times annually and features items curated by specialists from cartography collections across The University of Texas at Austin campus.