Austin (Tex.). Boards and Commissions. Austin 150 Commission Records
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The Austin 150 Commission was created in 1988 by the Austin City Council to coordinate plans for the celebration of the City of Austin's sesquicentennial in 1989. The commission was created by City Council Ordinance 870903-A and was co-chaired Frank Cooksey and Maline McCalla. The first meeting was held on June 16, 1988 and attended by Karen F. Begeman, Frank C. Cooksey, Willie Kocurek, Eva V. Limon, Roy B. Mann, Maline McCalla, Shannon E. McCann, John McKenzie, French N. Smith, III, Danny Young, Charles Bass, Audrey Bateman, Ron Wood and Everett Daniel. Projects initiated by the Commission were: a birthday party as the Capitol celebrating the 1839 appointment of a commission to select the site for the Capital of Texas; Congress Avenue Bridge lighting design competition; music and arts festival at Zilker park; birthday banners on Congress Avenue and 6th Street; Ethnic Heritage Folk Festival at Auditorium Shores; a commemorative bronze marker; and the Austin 150 Commission Pictorial.
The Austin 150 Commission materials include a small collection (.2 linear feet) of papers that highlight the plans for the celebration of the City of Austin's sesquicentennial. The materials document the logo contest, the Lights on Town Lake, and the "Star of Texas" song. Also included are photographs of the reenactment and the stone marker being placed into position.
In addition the Austin 150 Commission created a two volume Austin 150 Commission Pictorial profiling businesses, political, civic and religious persons at that time in Austin's history. Volume one of the Pictorial contains short narratives of the history of Austin, photographs and biographies of the current (in 1989) elected officials, administrators, community and cultural leaders. Volume two focuses on the Austin business community and contains a short history of the Austin Chamber of Commerce, a narrative on the evolution of business in Austin, and photographs and biographies of Austin business leaders.
The Commission meeting minutes, membership lists, financial records as well as documentation about the projects initiated by the Commission were cataloged in a loose leaf binder in the Austin History Center General Collection.
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Austin (Tex.) Austin 150 Commission Records (AR.1991.080). Austin History Center, Austin Public Library, Texas.
Donor #: DO/1990/018, DO/1985/146
Donation Date: 1990
Finding aid prepared by Molly Hults/2009. Revised and encoded by Ashley Adair/2011.
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