Tea and Time and Tolerance: A Conversation with Patsy Cravens
Joining us for tea in the beautiful Shadyside home that belonged to her family, native Houstonian Patsy Cravens—photographer, artist, writer, and film producer—will discuss her book, Leavin’ a Testimony: Portraits from Rural Texas (University of Texas Press, 2006), and the photographs from her traveling exhibition Colorado County Memories: Everyone Has a Story to Tell. She will also talk about producing her award-winning, oral history documentary,
Coming Through Hard Times, which has aired on PBS. In his introduction to Ms. Cravens’s book, John Boles, professor of history at Rice University and editor of the Journal of Southern History, wrote:
This is a shocking, powerful, moving, disturbing, ultimately hopeful book. We all stand in debt to Patsy Cravens for having the imagination, the determination, the skill, and the heart to capture this almost-forgotten portion of the past and preserve those fragile memories that could so easily have been lost. They are now, thanks to her, a permanent part of our state’s history.