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Making an Alsatian Texas: World-Building, Materiality, and Storytelling in the Castro Colonies of Medina County

Author(s): Patricia G. Markert

Year: 2017

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In many ways, Castroville, Texas is a world unto itself. As the "Little Alsace" of Texas, it has been built for over a century through work, struggle, and cooperation – with words and materials, memories and relationships. This world is continuously crafted today, through the restoration of historic Alsatian-style houses and the stories that are told about the town and its history. Though Castroville has been a nexus of Alsatian identity in Texas, other Alsatian colonies spread further into hill country, having set their roots in lesser-known places. These places similarly construct themselves through stories and things, though often in markedly different ways. This paper explores themes of storytelling and materiality in the project of world-building in the Castro Colonies of Texas.  It considers the act of storytelling as one of place-making, and examines how the stories that people tell intertwine with their material lives as they build their world.


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Making an Alsatian Texas: World-Building, Materiality, and Storytelling in the Castro Colonies of Medina County. Patricia G. Markert. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Fort Worth, TX. 2017 ( tDAR id: 435335)


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min long: -129.199; min lat: 24.495 ; max long: -66.973; max lat: 49.359 ;

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PaperId(s): 703

Arizona State University The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation National Science Foundation National Endowment for the Humanities Society for American Archaeology Archaeological Institute of America