Shirlene Bridgewater, a Humanities Texas board member who is also a humanities and English teacher at Marble Falls High School, brought a group of her students.

The Byrne-Reed House on the day of the event.

A distinctive sign showing visitors where to park.

Humanities Texas staff baked delicious homemade treats.

Left to right: Steven Fenberg (Unprecedented Power), James W. Riddlesperger (Lone Star Leaders), Thomas M. Hatfield (Rudder: From Leader to Legend), and Austin Bay (Ataturk).

Former Humanities Texas board member Norma E. Cantú (Moctezuma’s Table) and current board member Manuel F. Medrano (Américo Paredes: In His Own Words, an Authorized Biography).

Thomas F. Staley, director of the Harry Ransom Center at The University of Texas at Austin, shakes hands with Jake Silverstein (Nothing Happened and Then it Did), seated next to Stephen Harrigan (Remember Ben Clayton). Humanities Texas board member Michael L. Klein stands in the background.

Steven Fenberg signs a copy of his book, Unprecedented Power: Jesse Jones, Capitalism, and the Common Good.

Jeremi Suri (Liberty’s Surest Guardian) and Manuel F. Medrano (Américo Paredes: In His Own Words, an Authorized Biography).

Humanities Texas board member Shirlene Bridgewater looks through James Riddlesperger's book Lone Star Leaders.

Thomas M. Hatfield signs a copy of Rudder: From Leader to Legend.

Jeremi Suri and Norma Cantú sign tote bags for two of Shirlene Bridgewater’s students.

H. W. Brands signs one of his books for attorney Terry Tottenham. Brands had three books available: American Colossus, Greenback Planet, and The Murder of Jim Fisk for the Love of Josie Mansfield.

Guests proudly show off their holiday purchases.

Left to right: Don Graham (State of Minds), Ruth Pennebaker (Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakthrough), and Oscar Casares (Amigoland).

James Pennebaker (The Secret Life of Pronouns) and Stephen Harrigan (Remember Ben Clayton).

Texas State Cemetery coauthors Will Erwin and Jason Walker.

L. Michael White (Scripting Jesus) with his wife, Becki Brinkerhoff, and Fritz Steiner (Design for a Vulnerable Planet).

Michael O’Brien (Hard Ground) visits with Susan Toomey Frost (Timeless Mexico).

Rhonda Lashley Lopez (Don’t Make Me Go to Town) and Don Graham (State of Minds) visit with guests.

Rhonda Lashley Lopez signs a copy of Don’t Make Me Go to Town for Brook Davis, Humanities Texas program officer.

Jake Silverstein (Nothing Happened and Then It Did) and Stephen Harrigan (Remember Ben Clayton).

Austin Bay discusses his book Atatürk: Lessons in Leadership from the Greatest General of the Ottoman Empire with Humanities Texas board member Shirlene Bridgewater.