High Noon Talk: XIT: A Story of Land, Cattle and Capital in Texas and Montana

Online Program

May 6, 2021 12:00pm - 1:00pm

A story of capital and cattle that built the Texas Capitol.

Event Details

High Noon Talks highlight interesting and often untold topics through a casual lunch-time lecture.

To commemorate the opening of the Texas Capitol in May 1888, join us for a talk on the history that made its construction possible. The Texas state constitution set aside three million acres of public land in exchange for the construction of the state’s monumental red-granite capitol in Austin. That land became one of the most productive cattle operations in the West. Join author Michael Miller for this story of Gilded Age business and politics at the very foundation of the American cattle industry.

Program is FREE to the public.

Educators, to receive CPE credit please email Education@TheStoryofTexas.com

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About the Presenter

Michael M. Miller teaches history at colleges in the Dallas–Fort Worth Metroplex. His article on the XIT Ranch appeared in Montana The Magazine of Western History and won the Spur Award for Best Western Short Nonfiction from the Western Writers of America.

Please note: You will be prompted to download the Zoom application for mobile or desktop if it is not already installed. You do not need a Zoom account to join this livestream. You will be asked to register upon connecting to the webinar. Advanced registration is not required. 

For security and privacy purposes, attendees will not have video or audio capabilities. Questions will be moderated by Museum staff. Participants will not be allowed to send private messages or media in the livestream.

Banner image courtesy Austin History Center, Austin Public Library.

The Bullock Texas State History Museum is a division of the Texas State Preservation Board. Additional support for educational programming provided by the Texas State History Museum Foundation.