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MCB offers Family History Writing Workshop

April 27, 2012 at 10:02 p.m.
Updated April 27, 2012 at 11:28 p.m.

Author Sonny Long's book, "Of Murderers and Madness," was published in 2012.

IF YOU GO

WHAT: Family History Writing WorkshopWHERE: Museum of the Coastal Bend, 2200 E. Red River St.WHEN: Friday3 p.m. - Book signing and presentation by Edward Wright, author of "Todos Santos"

4 p.m. - Victoria Public Library genealogy research tools presentation by Jeffrey Wright, VPL Public Services

4:30 p.m. - Lecture regarding "Johanna Lenz Beck" and genealogical research informational session by Barbara Kennedy, Victoria County Historical Commission

5:15 p.m. - Book signing and presentation by Sonny Long, an award-winning writer and author of "Among Murderers and Madness"

The Museum of the Coastal Bend on campus at Victoria College will conduct a "Family History Writing Workshop" on Friday.

Participants will learn about research, writing and the publication process for family histories and historical accounts from published writers, authors, and genealogy and research experts.

The workshop will begin with a book-signing and presentation by Edward Wright, author of "Todos Santos," a book about Scottish immigrants who entered Texas through Indianola and launched a pre-Civil War cattle business with German and Mexican-American associates.

The author's research included trips to Scotland, recorded conversations with pioneer Texans, and uncovering forgotten South Texas stories. Ed Wright received a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from Texas A&M and served as an officer in the US Air Force.

He is a registered professional engineer and has spent 35 years in the electrical business.

Following the book signing, participants will enjoy a presentation by Jeffrey Wright with Victoria Public Library Public Services. He will speak about genealogy research tools that are available for public use at the library.

Barbara Kennedy from the Victoria County Historical Commission will present a short lecture, "Texas Women Remembered in Victoria County: A Pictorial Glimpse into the Life of Johanna Lenz Beck." Kennedy will share insights with workshop participants regarding genealogical research and the creation process.

Award-winning writer and Victoria Advocate reporter Sonny Long will conclude the workshop with a discussion about note-taking, working from public documents and getting published. Author of "Among Murderers and Madness," "Bad News for McEnroe," (co-author) and "A Long Look at Life, Volumes 1 & 2," Long is a journalism graduate of Auburn University with a master's degree in communications from the University of Texas. He will also be available for book signing and will have copies of his books for sale.

Admission for this workshop is free.

The Museum of the Coastal Bend is located on the campus of Victoria College, at the corner of East Red River and Ben Jordan streets. For additional information, visit the museum's website or call 361-582-2511.

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