2014 Angelina Eberly Luncheon Overview

Friday, January 31, 2014
The Driskill Hotel
Luncheon starts at Noon (Receptions start at 11 AM)

“When Austin, Texas became Austin…  through the eyes of journalists.

Eberly Panelists

Drawing on their unique perspective as eyewitnesses to history, the panel of reporters will offer a behind-the-scenes look at developments that occurred in the last part of the 20th century, a time when Austin ascended in relevancy not only in the United States, but across the globe.

11:00 AM – Sponsors and Special Guests Reception
11:30 AM – Reception for all
Noon – Luncheon begins
1:15 – Luncheon ends, though stay and schmooze

Key Links:

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The Angelina Eberly Luncheon, held in winter at the Driskill Hotel, is the signature event of the Austin History Center Association.  The historic luncheon reunites business associates, coworker, and city leaders, as well as newcomers and longtime residents.  Each year, close to two hundred guests share their love of Austin, its history, and its history makers.  In 2012, The Austin American Statesman called The Angelina Eberly Luncheon ”An Austin Tradition.” Proceeds go to the Austin History Center Association, supporter of the Austin History Center archives for Austin and Travis County.

Why is the AHCA luncheon named after Angelina Eberly and why is there a statue of her on Congress Avenue?  Angelina Belle Peyton Eberly, herione of Texas’ “The Archives War,” was an astute Austin inkeeper in the mid 1800s who became directly involved in a political skirmish that had lasting consequences.  In December 1842, Sam Houston announced that the city was no longer the capital of Texas and that his namesake town, Houston, was. He dispached the Texas Rangers to Texas Land Commissioner Thomas William “Peg Leg” Ward, to remove the Republic of Texas archives from Austin and bring them east.

The furtive effort was spotted by Eberly, who lit a town cannon to alert citizens of the theft.  Local Austinites chased the wagons north into Williamson County, where the Rangers were forced at gunpoint to surrender the archives.  “The Archives War” preserved Austin as the capital of Texas and was good PR for “Peg Leg,” who was later elected three times as mayor of Austin.

The image of the six pounder fired by Angelina Eberly is courtesy of The Austin History Center, Austin Public Libary, PICB 07906.