Memory, Materiality, and Alsatian Identity in Castroville, Texas
Historical archaeology in Castroville, Medina County, Texas offers an ideal forum for studying the interplay of identity, class, memory and materiality. In the 1840s, empresario Henri di Castro brought Alsatian settlers from the Rhine Valley to south Texas, where the new arrivals joined established Mexican families, German immigrants, and displaced Apache. Today, Castroville town leaders see the celebration of Alsatian heritage as a source of economic growth and development. The Castro Colonies Heritage Association (CCHA) is transforming a 19th-century property called the Biry House into a focal point for Alsatian heritage tourism. In partnership with CCHA, Binghamton University has completed three excavation seasons at the property. The material record that we have unearthed provides a narrative that confirms, complicates and challenges written and remembered histories, illustrating how seven generations of house inhabitants constructed and contested Alsatian identity.
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Baudrillard in Castroville, Texas: Traces of Contemporary America in the Biry/Tschirhart Families’ Home (2017)
De-Polarizing Archaeology’s Views on Cultural Pride: The Case of Houses and Plants in Castroville (2017)
Is Close Enough, Enough?: Negotiations of Self and Place in Castroville, Texas through Ceramics. (2017)