Speakers

2022 Emcee Chet Garner!

Join special guest emcee Chet Garner from AustinPBS’s The Daytripper and hear from several entertaining speakers who use archives in their work!


12:30pmHarrison EpprightHarrison Eppright is a tour guide and Manager of Visitor Services for Visit Austin, a tourism nonprofit. He has been providing high quality sightseeing tours for over 16 years, and is very passionate about history, African American cultural heritage, and architecture.
1:05pmKate Winkler DawsonKate Winkler Dawson is a professor at UT Austin, author of All That is Wicked, American Sherlock, and Death in the Air, and host of “Tenfold More Wicked” and “Wicked Words,” and will be speaking about her archival research for her books and podcasts.
2pmMichael BarnesMichael Barnes is a columnist for the Austin American-Statesman, author of the series Indelible Austin, and co-host of the podcast “Austin Found.” He will share with us his experience with archives and local history.
2:35pmMerel PontierMerel Pontier is the Legal Director of the Clinton Young Foundation, which advocates for and offers legal assistance to individuals in Texas wrongfully convicted of capital murder, and will be speaking about the importance of archival research to help those currently on death row.

Emcee Chet Garner is the creator, host, and executive producer of The Daytripper, a 12-time Emmy-award-winning Texas travel show airing on PBS stations across the country. Born in Comanche and raised in Port Neches, Texas, Chet’s love for storytelling began at a young age around the Boy Scout campfire and toting around his grandfather’s VHS video camera. Chet earned a degree in Radio-Television-Film from the University of Texas at Austin and went on to graduate first in his class from Baylor Law School.  However, after practicing law for 3 years, he decided to follow his passions and simultaneously inspire folks to appreciate the beauty, history, and food of the Lone Star State. What followed was a crash course in travel, filmmaking, marketing, and doing whatever it takes to start a successful TV show.  When not traveling Chet is at home in Georgetown, Texas with his wife and 5 children (13, 11, 8, 6, and 2) – although he’s usually got them on the road too.