Texian Rally 2020

Historic Casino Hall, 254 N Jefferson St, La Grange, TX 78945

November 4

($35 Pre-Rally Tours & Dinner)


1:00 pm - TOUR, Texas Heroes Museum
2:00 pm - TOUR, Texas Quilt Museum
3:00 pm - TOUR, Fayette County Courthouse
4:00 pm - TOUR, Texas Czech Heritage and Cultural Center
5:30 pm - Barbecue Dinner & Evening Reception, Texas Czech Heritage and Cultural Center, dinner by Texas One Stop

November 5

Texian Rally Workshop

Historic Casino Hall, 254 N Jefferson St, La Grange, TX 78945


 8:30 am  Registration

 9:00 am  Welcome

 9:30 am  "Latest & Greatest of Texas Heritage Tourism" Sarah Page – Texas Historical Commission
10:15 am "Many Changes and What’s Coming Next" Mark Wolfe – Texas Historical Commission

11:00 am  Break

11:15 am  "How to Work with the Media" Lois Rodriguez – Texas Department of Transportation – Texas Highways

12:00 pm Buffet lunch

                Texas Independence Trail Region Highlights – Seneca McAdams
                Awards – Pam Summers – Texas Independence Trail Region President

 1:30 pm  "Taking Your Passion to Iconic" Karey Bresenhan – Quilts, Inc. - Founder of the Largest Quilt Festival in the U.S. and Houston’s Largest Conference

 2:15 pm   PANEL "Museums – How Do You Herd the Cats?

                Kaye Sapikas – Bastrop County Historical Society - Bastrop

                Julie Maffei – Texas Quilt Museum – La Grange

                Sue Prudhomme – Museum of the Coastal Bend – Victoria College

 3:00 pm   Break  

 3:15 pm   "The Whirlwind of Social Media: What’s up & coming & how to hang on" Shelly Hargrove – Commercial Realtor - Austin

 4:00 pm    Closing remarks, door prizes and raffle drawings

Sarah Page head shot.jpg
"Latest & Greatest of Texas Heritage Tourism"

Sarah Page, Heritage Tourism Program Coordinator

Texas Historical Commission


Sarah Page has worked in tourism and economic development for over 28 years.  In her current position as the Heritage Tourism Program Coordinator for the Texas Historical Commission, Sarah leads the heritage tourism outreach and development efforts, including the award-winning Texas Heritage Trails Program. Previous industry experience includes CEO of the Texas Association of Convention and Visitor Bureaus, Principal of Sarah T. Page Consulting, LLC, Senior Economic Development Specialist at the Lower Colorado River Authority, and Tourism Development Director with the Texas State Tourism Office.  Sarah also frequently presents at regional, state, and national conferences on various tourism-related topics.


Sarah got her start in 1990 with a degree in Tourism from Texas A&M University.  She is very active in tourism and economic development efforts, and has served on several state and local boards and commissions.  Her professional memberships include the Texas Travel Industry Association, Texas Economic Development Council, and the Texas Downtown Association. 


Sarah enjoys spending her free time with her family – husband Brian, daughter Jordan, and son Jackson. And on any given Saturday in the Fall, she can be found in front of her TV cheering on her beloved Fighting Texas Aggie football team.

Mark_Wolfe head shot.jpg
"Many Changes and What’s Coming Next"

Mark Wolfe, Executive Director

Texas Historic Commission


Mark Wolfe practiced law in Oregon for several years before moving to Vermont to get a Masters Degree in Historic Preservation. He worked for the City of Deadwood, South Dakota as City Planner and Historic Preservation Officer for six years, and then moved to Colorado where he spent twelve years managing the State Historical Fund, the nation’s largest state-based general grants program for historic preservation. For nine of those years he also served as Colorado’s Deputy State Historic Preservation Officer.


He relocated to Austin in August of 2008 to work for the Texas Historical Commission, and became the agency’s Executive Director and State Historic Preservation Officer in September of 2009.


He currently serves as President of the National Conference of State Historic Preservation Officers, the professional association of State government officials who carry out the national historic preservation program as delegates of the Secretary of the Interior pursuant to the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966. In that capacity he sits as a member of the board of directors of the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation, the federal agency that advises the President and Congress on matters related to historic preservation.

Lois Rodriguez - photo.jpg
"How to work with the Media"

Lois Rodriguez, Strategic Partnership Manager

Texas Department of Transportation, Information Division


Lois Rodriguez is TxDOT’s Travel Information Division’s Strategic Partnership Manager, serving as a liaison between Texas’ tourism industry and the Division’s programs such as Texas Highways magazine, Don’t Mess with Texas and the Texas Travel Information Centers.


Rodriguez previously served as Web Editor and Social Media Manager for Texas Highways, as well as editor of assorted division publications such as Texas State Travel Guide. Before TxDOT, Rodriguez had an extensive career in newspapers and city-based online entertainment guides for Microsoft and Citysearch.


Additionally, Rodriguez is a Commissioner for the City of Austin’s Tourism Commission, she also helps communities improve their tourism economy as part of the Office of the Governor’s Tourism Assessment Team, and is an award-winning baker who has been guest chef at the Fredericksburg Food and Wine Fest for the past 12 years.



"Take your Passion to Iconic"

Karey Patterson Bresenhan


Karey Bresenhan had a passion – quilting – and with her enthusiasm, she took it to the highest international level. She will be speaking about how to take your passion to iconic proportions in her talk at the Texian Rally.

This fifth-generation Texas quilter created the International Quilt Festival and the International Quilt Market from only her passion and interest in the work. She is also a co-founder of the Quilt Guild of Greater Houston and of the Texas Quilt Association.

She is also co-founder and co-director of the Texas Quilt Museum in La Grange which received prestigious awards, including the statewide Preservation Texas award, in its first year.

She is an acknowledged quilt expert, author, editor, quilt appraiser, collector, contest judge and juror, entrepreneur, businesswoman, and quilt history and artistry lecturer.

Mrs. Bresenhan opened Great Expectations Quilt Shop in 1974 and helped it grow into one of the largest quilt shops in the country. Her business acumen, enthusiasm for quilting, and perseverance helped her create and foster the quilting industry. She was also the driving force in fostering the growth of quilting in Europe, having started Expo there in 1988. 

Her recognitions include: The Quilters Hall of Fame (1995); San Antonio Conservation Award; the Round Top Award; and Top 50 Women-Owned Businesses (Quilts, Inc. 1997). 

She has also spearheaded nationwide efforts for charitable projects such as securing and delivering quilts to victims of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita and raising more than $1 million for the Red Cross fund, and fabric postcards to wounded U.S. servicemen and women.

Mrs. Bresenhan was a director of the Texas Quilt Project, which documented the state’s quilt heritage and was one of the organizers and the quilt documentor for the Texas Quilt Search which has documented thousands of quilts all over the state over the years. 

Shelly Hargrove photo.jpg
"The Whirlwind of Social Media: 
What’s up & coming & how to hang on"

Shelly Hargrove, Commercial Real Estate Agent & Co-host of Great Main Street Adventures

Shelly is a commercial real estate sales agent and founder/co-host of Great Main Street Adventures travel series working to strengthen downtowns from the private sector perspective. 


Shelly was the Main Street manager in the Great American Main Street Award-winning city of Georgetown, Texas, and previously in Breckenridge and Taylor, Texas. She fell in love with exploring historic architecture and shopping in historic districts while on a Work Abroad program in London after college.