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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.

March 11: A Horse of Her Own: Cowgirls, Variations on a Theme from the Frontier to the Footlights

Presented by: Joyce Gibson Roach, Independent Scholar

Cowgirls went up the trail, down the trail, on the trail, but most importantly, they went beyond the trail. In honor of Women’s History Month, join us as Joyce Gibson Roach traces the history of the cowgirl—both the real deal and the Wild West icon. You’ll learn how these women on horseback carved out roles for themselves separate from their cowboy counterparts and represented a different side of the American West to the world.

Joyce Gibson Roach is a retired TCU adjunct English professor, author of non-fiction books, short fiction and juvenile fiction, a folklorist, grassroots historian, rancher and naturalist. She is a lifetime member and Fellow of Texas State Historical Association and of Texas Folklore Society, a member of Texas Institute of Letters, Philosophical Society of Texas, lifetime member of West Texas Historical Association and of Horned Lizard Conservation Society of which she is a past national president, and Honoree in the National Cowgirl Hall of Fame and Museum.

Cowgirls on a Horse

April 8: From Tea Cakes to Tamales: Third-Generation Texas Recipes

Presented by: Nola McKey, Journalist/Culinary Historian

Have you preserved your family’s food history? Author Nola McKey will explain how her grandmother’s tea cakes reminded her just how important it is to pass down family favorites and to document their provenance. She will provide tips for preserving your own family recipes and for recording the heritage surrounding a special dish based on her new book, From Tea Cakes to Tamales, which records the stories of other Texans who take their personal food history seriously.

A former senior editor at Texas Highways, Nola McKey wrote about scores of Texas subjects during her 18 years on staff. She also edited Cooking with Texas Highways. In her 2016 book, From Tea Cakes to Tamales: Third-Generation Texas Recipes, she focuses on three of her favorite topics—food, family and the traditions that connect them.

From Tea Cakes to Tamales Book Cover

May 6: One Hundred Years of Weather in DFW

Presented by: Mark Fox, Warning & Coordination Meteorologist, National Weather Service Fort Worth

It is hard not to keep an eye skyward during spring in North Texas and for good reason. Come hear meteorologist Mark Fox talk about historic weather events over the last one hundred years in the Metroplex and find out why the National Weather Service established an office right here in Fort Worth.

Mark Fox earned his meteorology degree from the University of Oklahoma in 1989, after growing up fascinated by the weather in north central Oklahoma. After ten years as a broadcast meteorologist, he joined the National Weather Service in 1999 and is currently the Warning & Coordination Meteorologist at the Weather Forecast Office Fort Worth/Dallas.

weather 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: Feb. 6, 2016

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