Dr. Jeffery Kerr is a pediatric neurologist by day, but when it comes to his free time, he is an expert in Austin history.
His love for the roots for the Capital City was first sparked by the story of Mirabeau Buonaparte Lamar. Aside from being the second president of the Republic of Texas, Mirabeau shot the biggest buffalo to date in 1838 on what is now the intersection of Eighth Street and Congress Avenue.
From there, Kerr went to the Austin History Center and began to study old photographs and documents. He is now a published Austin historian.
“When one studies history and relates history, it is important to realize that there’s nothing bad or good about the past,” Kerr said. “It is important to know everything and we shouldn't, in my opinion, hide certain aspects of our ugly side—because every place has that.”
Jeffrey Kerr's latest book Seat of Empire was released earlier this year and explores the founding of Austin as the Capital of Texas.