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Hank the Cowdog

“Nobody in the literary world would have touched a book narrated by a ranch dog…

Texas Book Festival at 25 Goes Virtual

In March 1989, just two months into serving as First Lady of the United States,…

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History lives at Texas State Library and Archives Commission

The Texas State Library and Archives Commission (TSLAC) is a treasure waiting to be discovered.…

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THIS ISSUE

Welcome to the 2020 Fall Edition of Authentic Texas!

We’re delighted to be back in print! And, we’re as committed as ever to providing…

Reading Austin

Fittingly, Austin’s nucleus of intellectual activity—the University of Texas—is also its literary hub. With nearly…

Mason’s Master Storyteller Fred Gipson Still Enchanting Readers

Mason author Fred Gipson’s primary works – Hound-dog Man and Old Yeller – have positioned…

Alpine’s Lone Star Cowboy Poetry Gathering

“There’s a hundred years of history,And a hundred before thatAll gathered in the thinkin’Goin’ on…

Baylor’s Browning Library Brings Poetry to the Heart of Texas

Ah, but a man’s reach should exceed his grasp, or what’s a heaven for? One…

Hometown Historians

Joe Holley, Paula Allen and Joe Herring all learn something new about something old every…

Stories and Sandwiches at Glen Rose’s Storiebook Cafe

Glen Rose is billed as the Dinosaur Capital of Texas, but  the Central Texas town…

The Cowboy Oasis Cafe

As you travel Texas Highway 152 in the northeastern corner of the state, with the…

Abilene brings books to life

William Joyce’s picture book, Santa Calls, tells the story of a little boy named Art…

LIFE

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Talking Tombstones

In 1955, Corpus Christi police were on guard against people digging at the historic Old…

Snapka’s

If you miss the nostalgia of a true drive-in, Snapka’s Drive Inn delivers. Do you…

Taking a Trip Back in Time

Touring the West Texas World War II Museums

ELITE MANEUVERS The United States Air Force Thunderbirds fly in formation above he Bell Fort Worth Alliance Air Show | Photo Courtesy the Bell Fort Worth Alliance Air Show
Texas Airshows

Touch-and-gos. Pyrotechnics. Barrel rolls. Helicopter rescues. Skydiving. If the prospect of seeing any of these…

UP, UP AND AWAY While hot-air balloon events can be found all across the Lone Star State, the cities of Abilene, Canton, Longview, and Plano go all out and up each year. | iStock/ Getty Images
Balloons Over Texas

Get in and go, or just enjoy the glow

Burgers and Byways: Storm’s of Lampasas Worth the Trip

Several years ago, I logged many miles driving back and forth between Fort Worth and…

Thru the Lands of America’s Ancient History

Start planning and mapping now, and in 2029 you’ll be fully prepared for a cross-country…

Sweet Spot

One of my best childhood memories is walking into the family candy store and watching…

LOCAL

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Edith W. McKanna, Scurry County’s Pioneer Aviator

Suddenly, the name Edith Whatley McKanna is big news again. It was decades ago when…

The Mockingbird

It’s been called the “King of Song,” can be found just about everywhere in Texas,…

Texian Valor

There is a huge struggle underway to create a space in the urban landscape of…

“The Cottonest City in the World”

Elected as the county seat on March 10, 1891, Lubbock quickly established itself as a…

South Texas Steel Rails

Section 2 of an 1870 law gave the Rio Grande Railroad (RGRR) the “right, power…

Stories of the Sky

It’s one thing to read history in a book. It’s another to watch it play…

Skies Unite Across the Sea

Terrell’s School Was First for British Fliers

Keep up to speed with Midland’s racing legacy at the Petroleum Museum’s Chaparral Gallery

Imagine formula race cars in Midland, Texas! But it’s not such a stretch when you think about…