Celebrate the people who shaped the state during a Texas-sized, hybrid experience at the 4th annual Conference on Texas: From Tejas to Texas featuring the 10th annual Texas Trailblazers Luncheon on May 13-14, 2021. The success of the combined virtual event in 2020 has spurred us to once again offer these two events together – both on the Witte campus and remotely. Prepare to be amazed at the quality of presenters when simultaneous panels create a synergy of experience and exchange among attendees and speakers!
The Conference on Texas: From Tejas to Texas will reveal new stories of the people that shaped Texas. Delve into topics such as: the Indigenous people who lived in what we now call Texas, why and how the Spanish missions were built, everyday life in early San Antonio de Bexár, the role of the French legation, the Civil War, Women Ranchers, Black Cowboys, Juneteenth, traditional healing and Curanderismo, Space Cowboys and explore the Lone Star State as a Big Wonderful Thing by Stephan Harrigan. Texas Music, American Tacos, and Los Adaes, the first capitol of Texas, and much more.
Texas Trailblazers Luncheon – May 13, 2021
Honoring Michael Bolner and the Bolner Family
Featuring Stephan Harrigan, Keynote Speaker
Kicking off the Conference on Texas is the Texas Trailblazers Luncheon on May 13, registration begins at 11:30 am. This year, the Witte will honor Michael Bolner and the Bolner Family as the 2021 Texas Trailblazer Honoree for incomparable vision, a legacy family brand and steadfast support of the Witte Museum. The Bolner Family joins past honorees Graham Weston, the San Antonio River Authority, Kittie West Nelson Ferguson, Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, Mayor Julian Castro, Lowry and Peggy Mays, and Susan Naylor.
We realize that this year looks different and your health and wellness are top priorities. Our intention is to host a hybrid event with the Conference and Luncheon limited to 250 attendees in-person. Or you participate remotely from the comfort of your home or office. Whether you join us in person or remotely, we know you’ll enjoy the fascinating content and camaraderie of this year’s Conference.
For questions, please contact Heather Welder Russo, Chief of Advancement, at HeatherRusso@WitteMuseum.org or 210.357.1851.
THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORING FOUNDATIONS:
Texas Trailblazer Luncheon Sponsor: Bolner’s Fiesta Products
Scholarship Sponsor: Valero Energy Foundation
Speaker Sponsor: The Tex Elliott Family
Box Lunch Sponsor: Veltri and Velasquez Wealth Management of Wells Fargo Advisors
Coffee Sponsor: Jefferson Bank
Invitation Sponsor: Mary Pat and Michael Bolner
Additional sponsorships by The Elizabeth Huth Coates Foundation and the Gloria Galt Fund of the San Antonio Area Foundation