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Conference on Texas: Origin Stories

MARCH 23 – 24, 2023  |  Dive into Texas’ wild and vivid lands, especially its people, their resilience and how they adapted to or impacted the ever-developing Texas.

Subjects at the two-day 2023 Conference on Texas will include multiple breakout sessions featuring personal stories from the families of Erasmo Seguin, Ignacio Perez, the Glasscocks and early oil discovery, C. H. Guenther, the people of Los Adaes – Texas’ first capital, the Steves and Raba families and many others.

The Conference on Texas will also include the 12th Annual Texas Trailblazers Awards Luncheon, honoring the Steves Family and featuring keynote speaker, Catherine Nixon Cooke. Additionally, the Conference will host the opening of the upcoming special exhibition, Texas Art: Kinship and Culture, featuring works from the Witte’s Texas Art collection which is renowned for its depth and size, thousands of works on paper and more than 300 paintings, by some of the most iconic artists of three centuries.

Pricing: General Admission: $200 per attendee  •  Educator/Student Admission: $150 per attendee

Thursday, March 23:

  • 8:30 a.m.: Coffee and pastries
  • 9 a.m.: Greeting by Marise McDermott, President and CEO, Witte Museum
  • 9:15 – 10:15 a.m.: Session 1 – Francis Galan: Angelique, Indigenous Scout of Los Adaes; Phil King: Henri Castro and the Ferdinand Louis Huth Family of Castroville; Facilitator: Gretchen Stieren O’Gorman
  • 10:30 – 11:30 a.m.: Session 2 – Frank de la Teja: Erasmo Seguín and the Paradox of Loyalty; Jack Hebdon, Jr.: The Flour King: C. H. Guenther and Family; Facilitator: Francis Galan
  • 11:30 – 1:30 p.m.: 12th Annual Texas Trailblazers Luncheon
  • 1:45 – 2:45 p.m.: Session 3 – Kathleen Glasscock Tomasovic: The Glasscocks – From Circus Artistry to Oil Industry; Moderated by: Patty and Bob Hayes
  • 3 – 4 p.m.: Session 4 – Ramón Vásquez: The Descendants Walk Among Us; Ron Davis: Hector Bazy and the Silence of the Archives; Facilitator: Marise McDermott and Aaronetta Pierce
  • 4:15 – 5:15 p.m.: Session 5 – Ricardo Romo and Fidencio Duran: A Visual Story of Us
  • 5:30 – 7 p.m.: VIP Opening Reception for Texas Art: Kinship and Culture

Friday, March 24:

  • 9 a.m.: Coffee and pastries
  • 9:30 – 10:30 a.m.: Session 6 – Amy Porter: Families in the Aftermath of the 1813 Battle of Medina; Christina Villarreal: The Bigmouth of East Texas and the Unnamed Mother; Facilitator: Cecilia Ballí
  • 10:45 – 11:45 a.m.: Session 7 – Lionel Sosa: The Stories Art Can Tell; Facilitator: Marise McDermott and Justin Muñoz

For session details and to learn more about the Conference on Texas and the 12th Annual Texas Trailblazers Awards Luncheon at

Interested in sponsoring the Conference on Texas or the Texas Trailblazers Awards Luncheon? Please contact Justin Muñoz, Vice President of Development, at or 210.357.1894.

Attendees sitting at tables, listening to speakers.
Ticket Prices: $200


March 23, 2023
March 24, 2023


Witte Museum
3801 Broadway
San Antonio, TX 78209 United States