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Lavaca County Historical conference to focus on hurricanes

By Sonny Long
Oct. 14, 2010 at 5:14 a.m.

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IF YOU GOWHAT: 14th Annual Lavaca County Historical Commission Conference

WHERE: American Legion Hall, 107 E. Park St.

WHEN: 9 a.m., Saturday

ADMISSION: $15 per person, $20 for couples, $5 for students and teachers

INFORMATION: 361-798-4280

HALLETTSVILLE - Find out the impact hurricanes have had on the Crossroads during the 14th annual Lavaca County Historical Commission Conference Saturday.

The conference's theme, "Ridin' Out the Storm.Hurricanes and Their Effect on South Central Texas," will include four guest speakers:

n Paul Yura of the Austin, San Antonio office of the National Weather Service

n John Metz, NWS warning coordination meteorologist for the Corpus Christi area

n Mary Jo O'Rear, historian and author, and

n Linda Wolff, historian and author.

At 9:30 a.m., Yura will speak on "Hurricane Forecasting, The Science Behind the Storms."

Wolff will take to the podium at 10:45 a.m. on the topic "Indianola, a Gulf Coast Seaport

with a Stormy History."

At 1:15 p.m., O'Rear's topic will be "Political Hardball and the Hurricane of 1919: Corpus Christi's Struggle for a Deep Water Port."

Metz will be the final speaker at 2:30 p.m. He will take a look back at Hurricane Carla.

The conference begins at 9 a.m. at the American Legion Hall in the city park, 107 E. Park St.

The conference is made possible in part by a grant from the Dickson-Allen Foundation.

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