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Community History Workshop Series: Preserving Our Past

Presented in conjunction with The Center for Texas Studies at TCU, these workshops are aimed at increasing the historical awareness of the community. The series is designed to make the public aware of the important, yet often overlooked historical resources around them, and how to preserve them for posterity. The goal of the workshops is to prove that “every person is a historian,” and that they can, by their deeds and actions, preserve a small part of the cultural and historical fabric of this region.

Sept. 10: From Louisiana, to Texas, to Spain: Searching in Spanish Archives for an American Story

Presented by: Dr. Gene Allen Smith, TCU

Center for Texas Studies Director, Gene Allen Smith, will describe his journey as he follows the trail a Frenchman in Louisiana into Spanish Texas through the Spanish Archivo de Indies. It is far more than tapas, cervezas, and wonderful jamon iberico.

Gene Smith is a professor of history at TCU specializing in American naval/maritime history, Gulf territorial expansion, and the War of 1812. He is a co-founder of the Center for Texas Studies at TCU and has served as its director since 2003.

Spanish Ruins

Oct. 1: How to Research and Publish a Family History Narrative

Presented by: Edward Wright, Independent Scholar

Do you have family stories that need to be recorded? Did some of your ancestors lead interesting lives which should be shared? Join us to get tips and tricks from Edward Wright who has researched, written, and published two books based on the family lore of two of his great-grandfathers.

Edward Wright, an electrical engineer by profession, pursues family history in his retirement. He and his wife, Shirley, a former journalist and editor, collaborated on both Todos Santos and Branches. A book signing will follow the presentation.

Man on Horseback

Nov. 5: Picturing Texas Politics

Presented by: Chuck Bailey, Attorney at Law

Join us for a timely stroll through Texas’ political past with Chuck Bailey, author of Picturing Texas Politics. Bailey will share never-before-published photos of Texas politicians and political campaigns, as well as familiar iconic images. With a line up that includes Sam Houston in his jaguar vest, W. Lee “Pappy” O’Daniel’s hillbilly band, a famous governor with an ostrich, and prominent Texans eating watermelons, shooting guns, and riding horses, this is Texas politics at its liveliest and best.

A lawyer in private practice, Bailey has also served as assistant general counsel to Texas Governor William P. Clements and chief of staff to Lieutenant Governor Bob Bullock. He is the author of Texas Political Memorabilia: Buttons, Bumper Stickers, and Broadsides.

Picturing Texas Politics Book Cover

Dec. 3: History of Annexation on Fort Worth’s North Side

Presented by: Rene Gomez, Unit Supervisor, Fort Worth Library

Fort Worth turned to annexation to increase its population and territory in the early twentieth century, but not without some controversy along the way. Come hear the library’s own Rene Gomez discuss how the city’s desire to include smaller neighbors to the north affected local residents and thrust two communities, Rosen Heights and North Fort Worth, into a struggle over boundaries. In addition, he will explore life after annexation and where things stand today.

A native of Fort Worth, Gomez is a unit supervisor in the Genealogy, Archives and Local History unit of the Fort Worth Library. He holds a master’s degree from the University of North Texas and has been with the library since 2001.

Fort Worth Map

The Center for Texas Studies at TCU is designed to celebrate all that makes Texas distinctive. It is housed in AddRan College of Liberal Arts, where various disciplines and programs can act in concert to foster and nurture the essence of Texas. History is, of course, central, but Texas literature, anthropology, ethnography, politics, religions, philosophy and design and textiles all represent elements that are a part of the incredible mosaic of Texas.

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Last updated: Aug. 15, 2016

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