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Extraordinary Texans

This year’s lineup of Extraordinary Texans possesses the brio and gratitude of Texans who love what they do.

Viva Luis!

The eyes of five-year-old Luis Jiménez filled with wonder the day in 1945 he stood before the dramatic works of…

Extraordinary Texans

Each Texan has a story to tell.  Each story comprises one thread in the special tapestry that is the Lone…

Extraordinary Texans: Allison Orr

Award-winning Austin choreographer Allison Orr is lifting the old Texas saying—dance with the one that brung ya—to new heights.  During…

Extraordinary Texans: Joe & Lanna Duncan

Tourism in the mountain west got a boost in 1930 with the opening of two nearly identical sister hotels designed…

Extraordinary Texans: Tom Perini

Tom Perini grew up in Abilene in the ’50s, but spent weekends on his family’s ranch 15 miles south at…

Extraordinary Texans: Lareatha H. Clay

Most families start with a love story, but not many start like Lareatha Clay’s. Two centuries ago, in Kentucky and…

Extraordinary Texans: Mary Kemp

At age 86, Mary Kemp takes the long view about bluebonnets and history. For more than 30 years she has…

Extraordinary Texans: Donna Shaver

Donna shaver first glimpsed the Gulf of Mexico in 1980, arriving at Padre Island National Seashore as a college student…

Extraordinary Texans: Joel Guzman

In Spanish, “conjunto” means “together.”  Conjunto is also a lively musical style born on the Texas-Mexico border in the early…

Extraordinary Texans: Loncito Cartwright

When 53-year-old Loncito Cartwright says his family came to Texas before the war, he means the Texas Revolution of 1835-36.…

Barbara Jordan: The Great Texas Orator

As the first African-American woman elected to the U.S. House of Representatives from the deep South, Barbara Jordan faced adversity…
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