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Bootlegging in the Borderlands


"Bootlegging in the Borderlands" is a unique, after-museum hours event from 7 to 8:30 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 10, at the Bullock Texas State History Museum in Austin.
The Texas State Historical Association TSHA and the Bullock Texas State History Museum will host three esteemed scholars for a free panel discussion on 1920s Texas, where citizens wrestled with the realities of prohibition.
George Díaz is assistant professor of history at the University of Texas-Rio Grande Valley. His primary areas of research and teaching are North American borderlands and Mexican American history. His award winning book “Border Contraband: A History of Smuggling across the Rio Grande” was published by UT Press in 2015.
Joseph Locke is assistant professor of history at University of Houston-Victoria. His studies focused on the historical interplay between religion and American public life. His book, “Making the Bible Belt: Texas Prohibitionists and the Politicization of Southern Religion,” was released by Oxford University Press in 2017. He also co-manages The American Yawp (, a free and online American history textbook developed through a free and open collaboration of university educators.
Brendan Payne is a full time lecturer at Baylor University, where he earned in Ph.D. in history. He studies the interplay between religious identities and social reform in the US during the 19th and 20th centuries. His dissertation examines how racial, cultural, and religious identities played a key role in the anti-prohibition movement, using Texas as a case study.
Enjoy light refreshments, a cash bar, and a book signing during a reception following the discussion. You will also have the opportunity to tour the Bullock's special exhibit, American Spirits: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition, without the usual museum crowds.
Space at this event is limited, so RSVP to the Bullock Museum online today or call (512) 936-8746