Austin Founder Lions Club

The French Legation & Texas' historic ties to France

  • 05 Feb 2015
  • 11:45 AM - 1:00 PM
  • 700 Dawson Rd, Austin TX, 78704


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The French Legation & Texas History
February 5, 2015
Speaker: Martha George Withers,
Director, French Legation Museum
Introduced by Lion Scott Hendrix

Martha George Withers

Martha George Withers was welcomed as the new Director of the French Legation Museum last May. She is delighted to be working to advance the public understanding of Texas history and Franco-Texian diplomacy through the preservation of the only remaining Austin building from the Republic of Texas era.

Working in central Texas for over 20 years, Martha has managed museums ranging from the Elisabet Ney to the Admiral Nimitz. She conducted a collections inventory for the Republic of Texas Museum in 2013 and curated the exhibit Philip Dimmitt: Patriot of the Texas Revolution. Current efforts include developing special events and school programs on the "Pig War" and a new exhibit: French Legation Museum-A Legacy of Diplomacy in Texas, due to open this spring. Martha holds a Master’s degree in History from Texas State University with certificates in Public History, Historical Administration, and Nonprofit Management.

Martha is working closely with the French Legation Museum Committee and the Daughters of the Republic of Texas, custodians of the historic site, on a major Preservation Project for the Legation. Fundraising has just begun for building preservation, landscaping, and developing modern exhibits for the nearly 175 year old structure. A major component of this project includes soliciting input from the community-at-large and historic preservation professionals to complete a new master plan that will bring the Legation into the 21st century.

Featured Lunch Menu:
Lasagna, garlic bread, Caesar salad
Cheesecake, Iced tea & Coffee 

Please register by 5 p.m. on Tuesday   

We order meals based on your reservations and must pay for them even if you do not show up. Please keep this in mind if your plans shift and cancel your reservation so we can adjust the headcount.

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