Suggested Reading List
Wildflowers of Texas Field Guide
Author: Nora Bowers
Description: A field guide to hundreds of Texas's beautiful wildflowers! Full-page photos and descriptions make this a great guide for beginners and a terrific gift. The material is easily understood by those with no botanical background but also includes important, accurate information useful to those more familiar with plants. This user-friendly field guide is organized by color and size.
Backroads of the Texas Hill Country: Your Guide to the Most Scenic Adventures (Kindle Edition)
Author: Gary Clark
Description: Texas has hill country? Who knew? Well, the Lonely Planet guide to Texas, which calls the Hill Country rightfully one of the states biggest tourist draws . . . an area of gently rolling hills and valleys freckled with cacti and cattle ranches, lined with rivers and dotted with peaceful, picturesque little towns. And any self-respecting Texan might know as much. Forty miles west of Austin and fifty north of San Antonio, the Hill Country is within an easy drive of two of the states biggest cities, putting back-country quiet and beauty within reach of countless urban dwellers seeking respite.
This book brings the remarkable Hill Country of Texas home to the back roads traveler. Whether its wildflowers youre drawn to, or dude ranches, natural areas, historic sites, or quaint Texas towns redolent of history, this is your passport to an experience like no other. Backroads of the Texas Hill Country introduces travelers and armchair tourists alike to the emerging wine country of the Lone Star State, the meticulously preserved culture of East European immigrants, the cowboy capital of the world (Bandera), and the childhood home of LBJ at Johnson City. Follow this irresistible guide into the Hill Country, and find yourself deep in the heart of Texas.
Roadside Geology of Texas
Author: Darwin Spearing
Description: The geologic panorama of Texas is as wide as the state is big, sweeping from volcanic mesas and thrusting mountains in the west to the red canyons of the Panhandle, along tropical sand barriers of the Gulf Coast, and across central limestone plateaus to the hard granitic terrain of central Texas. Learn about the rocks as you come to them--what they are, when they formed, what they mean, and how they fit into the big picture of the geology of Texas.
Exploring Texas History: Weekend Adventures
Author: Elaine Galit
Description: Combining fascinating stories of Texas history with travel adventures around the state, Exploring Texas History: Weekend Adventures suggests where to go and what to see by tracking historical characters and events. The travel destinations echo the settlement of Texas, the battle for independence, the Alamo, cowboys, vacqueros, Buffalo Soldiers, shipwrecks, and cattle drives. Each chapter includes history, travel routes, best sights, best times to visit, lodging, dining, and sources for additional information. Families, visitors, travelers with a love of history, and teachers and students studying the required curriculum of the fourth grade in Texas schools will find this guide practical and user friendly
A Day at the LBJ Ranch [Hardcover]
Author: Sam Savitt
Description: A Day At The LBJ Ranch recounts the exciting adventures of a Boy Scout and Girl Scout during one unforgettable day at the Texas home of President Lyndon B. Johnson. Jackie and Dennis come to the ranch as a personal guest of President Johnson. During their memorable visit they take part in a roundup with the LBJ cowboys, go horseback riding through the countryside, learn about the strange legends of the area, find relics of Comanche Indians, attend a typical Texas barbecue and - best of all - meet and get to know the President himself. A unique, absorbing story, this is an adventure that American boys and girls will want to share.
Miss Lady Bird's Wildflowers: How a First Lady Changed America
Author: Kathi Appelt
Description: Bluebonnets and lady's slippers, larkspurs and blazing stars, black-eyed Susans and Granny's nightcaps.
From a lonely childhood in the Piney Woods of East Texas to an exciting life in the White House, Lady Bird Johnson loved these wildflowers with all her heart. They were her companions in her youth, greeting her everywhere as she explored wild forests, bayous, and hills. Later, as First Lady, she sought to bring the beauty of wildflowers to America's cities and highways. She wanted to make sure every child could enjoy the splendor of wildflowers.
In this warm, engaging look at the life of a great First Lady, Kathi Appelt tells the story behind Lady Bird Johnson's environmental vision. Joy Fisher Hein's colorful wildflowers burst from every page, inviting us to share in Lady Bird's love for natural beauty.
National Museum of the Pacific War
Description: Dedicated to all those who served in the Pacific War. The Admiral Nimitz Museum, George Bush Gallery of the Pacific War, the Plaza of the Presidents, Japanese Garden of Peace, Memorial Walk, and the Pacific Combat Zone are all part of the complex.
Hours: 9AM to 5PM - 311 E. Austin St, Fredericksburg
Lyndon B. Johnson State Park and Historic Site
Author: Historic Site
Description: A historically significant park in the heart of former President LBJs country home, the Texas Whitehouse, and influenced by three major cultures: Native Americans, Spanish and German.
Fredericksburg Chorale Dialogues & Dances
Description: Apr 13, 2013
Friedrichsburg: Colony of the German Furstenverein
Author: Friedrich Armand Strubber
Description: Founded in 1846, Fredericksburg, Texas, was established by German noblemen who enticed thousands of their compatriots to flee their overcrowded homeland with the prospect of free land in a place that was portrayed as a new Garden of Eden. Few of the settlers, however, were prepared for the harsh realities of the Texas frontier or for confrontation with the Comanche Indians. In his 1867 novel Friedrichsburg, Friedrich Armand Strubberg, a.k.a. Dr. Schubbert, interwove his personal story with a fictional romance to capture the flavor of Fredericksburg, Texas, during its founding years when he served as the first colonial director.
Now available in a contemporary translation, Friedrichsburg brings to life the little-known aspects of life among these determined but often ill-equipped settlers who sought to make the transition to a new home and community on the Texas frontier. Opening just as a peace treaty is being negotiated between the German newcomers and the Comanches, the novel describes the unlikely survival of these fledgling homesteads and provides evidence that support from the Delaware Indians, as well as the nearby Mormon community of Zodiac, was key to the Germans success. Along the way, Strubberg also depicts the laying of the cornerstone to the Vereinskirche, the blazing of an important new road to Austin, exciting hunting scenes, and an admirable spirit of cultural cohesion and determined resilience. In so doing, he resurrects a fascinating lost world.
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