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Welcome to the Austin Past and Present Website

This is the informational site for the Austin Past and Present history project, an interactive documentary that brings Austin's history to life.

From its geologic formation to its current urban skyline, Austin Past and Present explores Austin's past and present with more than 300 multimedia stories and over 2 hours of motion picture documentary.

The project may be viewed at the following locations: Austin Bergstrom International Airport (baggage claim), Austin City Hall (north entrance), The Austin History Center, and at the Beverly Sheffield Education Center at Barton Springs or at any Austin public library location.

Austin Past and Present is a BookPeople bestseller and can be purchased at Book People bookstore at 6th and North Lamar.

Teachers and home-schools may view and download the free, TEKs-aligned lesson plans by clicking here.

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Click on the icons below to view film clips from Austin Past and Present

The Spanish Period
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Austin's First Dam
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Ethnic Austin in the early 1900s
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Austin Past and Present is a sponsored project of