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The Katherine Drake Hart Award

Community award presented by the AHCA recognizing a deserving citizen of Travis County who made the most impact on our history from a singular achievement or their collective work over time.

Two honored with Katherine Drake Hart Award

In ceremonies Friday, October 2, 2020 on the steps of the Austin History Center, AHCA President and former Austin Mayor Lee Cooke presented the prestigious Katherine Drake Hart award for 2019 to Dr. Maggie Rivas-Rodriguez, founder and director of the Voces Oral History Center at the University of Texas.

Also receiving the award was Michael Barnes, longtime Austin American-Statesman writer and author of several books on Austin history. Barnes had been selected for the award in 2007, just as major administrative changes were being made in the association, and he had not been presented the award.

Dr. Rivas-Rodriguez was recognized by the AHCA award committee for her extraordinary leadership and contributions to the study of Latina/Latino history. Under her guidance, the Voces Oral History Center has videotaped interviews with over 960 men and women throughout the country. 

Michael Barnes has written for the Austin American-Statesman since 1989, where he has been named top specialty reporter by Headliners of Texas. He has served on the Pulitzer Prize jury for criticism twice and served three terms as chairman of the American Theatre Critics Association. 

The award is named for the late Katherine Drake Hart. She was a graduate of Wellesley College and Columbia University, and earned her doctorate from the University of Texas in French Literature. She was the first curator of the Austin-Travis County Collection from 1954-1975. 

Dr. Maggie Rivas-Rodriguez accepts the award from chair of the Katherine Drake Hart Award Committee, Charles Peveto.

The Katherine Drake Hart Award is generously underwritten by Joe Bryson, HABITEK International, Inc., and John and Candace Volz.

Previous Recipients

1991 - SUE MCBEE

 

1992 - EMMETT SHELTON & DOROTHY DEPWE

 

1993 - AUDRAY BATEMAN RANDLE

 

1994 - DRURY BLAKE ALEXANDER

 

1996 - DEALEY HERNDON

 

1997 - WAYNE BELL

 

1998 - MATT KREISLE

 

1999 - MARIAN B. DAVIS

 

2000 - MARY JO COOPER

 

2001 - BINNIE & DAVID HOFFMAN

 

2002 - BETTY BAKER

 

2003 - KAREN KOCHER

 

2004 - BIRUTA  CELMIN  KEARL

 

2005 - DR. DAVID B. GRACY

 

2006 - ED VAN de VORT

 

2007 - MICHAEL BARNES

                                                                       

2019 - Dr. MAGGIE RIVAS-RODRIGUEZ