One hundred and seventy years ago Henry Journeay, a Texan prisoner in a Mexican castle, crafted a violin using a razor and a piece of glass, which he then played to other Texans held captive by Mexico for their role in the Mier Expedition. Today Journeay's violin is on display in the lobby of TSLAC's headquarters, the Lorenzo de Zavala State Archives and Library Building, Austin.
The Friends of Libraries & Archives of Texas invite you to the Mier Expedition and the Journeay Violin Exhibit Reception, Thursday, September 13, 2012, 6 - 8 p.m. The reception will take place on the first floor of the Lorenzo de Zavala State Archives and Library Building, 1201 Brazos St., Austin. The building is across from the east entrance of the Texas State Capitol.
Refreshments and heavy hors d'oeuvres will be served. The program will include a dramatic retelling of the Black Bean Episode during the Mier Expedition and period music by violinist Javier Chaparro. Funds raised will benefit the Friends' efforts to maintain the treasures of Texas history in the Texas State Archives.
A donation of $35 (minimum) is requested and will be collected at the door. Checks may be made payable to the Friends of Libraries & Archives of Texas, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Your RSVP before September 13th is appreciated but not required. Questions and RSVPs: email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 512-463-5460.
For historical background on the Mier Expedition and the Journeay Violin click on the image or link below: