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Celebrate, learn about Texas history in March

March 17, 2012 at 5:02 p.m.
Updated March 16, 2012 at 10:17 p.m.


Texas has had many flags. The flag of Spain came first, followed briefly by that of France. Spain re-asserted their dominance of Texas until they were ousted by revolutionaries in Mexico who flew their flag over the area from 1821-1836. Revolution came again, and March 2, 1836, another flag flew over Texas - that of the Republic of Texas. Since that time only two other flags have officially flown over Texas - that of the United States and that of the Confederacy. In many ways flags have shaped Texas and its inhabitants. It is with this in mind that Victoria Public Library and the Victoria County Genealogical Society invite you to celebrate Texas history.

Join us for what promises to be an informative and engaging event with historians Stephen L. Hardin and Donald S. Frazier. In commemoration of Texas Independence Month and the Sesquicentennial of the American Civil War, these acclaimed authors will discuss the Texas Revolution and Texas in the Civil War. The event will be in the Bronte Room at the Victoria Public Library on Saturday, March 24th from 9:00 a.m. - 1:00pm. It is open to the public, and there is no charge to attend.

Dr. Hardin, whose book, "Texian Iliad," is widely thought of as the definitive military history of the Texas Revolution, brings his expertise and folksy style to VPL. Fans of the latest Alamo movie may recall that Hardin served as the historical advisor on that film, one of his many forays into popular history. His most recent book, "Texian Macabre: The Melancholy Tale of a Hanging in Early Houston," is the lively tale of a Texas Revolutionary hero whose life is tragically cut short, but not by enemy musket fire. Hardin was a professor of United States and Texas History at Victoria College for many years before taking up his current position at McMurry University.

Dr. Frazier, a man who wears many hats in history and heritage tourism, brings his passion and unique style to VPL. He is currently writing the current installment of his so-called "Louisiana Quadrille," a series of books focusing on the fascinating and oft-forgotten Louisiana theatre of the Civil War. He also wrote "Blood and Treasure: Confederate Empire in the Southwest" and "Cottonclads!: The Battle of Galveston and the Defense of the Texas Coast." Frazier is currently a professor of history at McMurry University, where his course offerings include Texas and United States History, as well as The American Frontier, The American Indian, and Civil War and Reconstruction.

In conjunction with our author program, VPL has a fully stocked display of Texas History books available for checkout. So pick out a couple and brush up on your Texas history before the event. You should also stop by VPL to view our exhibit, The American Civil War in Coastal Bend Texas, which is on loan to VPL from the Museum of the Coastal Bend. This wonderful exhibit includes artifacts owned by Victorians who fought in the War.

Call 361-485-3302 or visit us on the web at www.victoriapubliclibrary.org for more information.

Jeff Wright is Librarian at the Victoria Public Library, 302 N. Main St. He also serves as 1st vice president of the Victoria County Genealogical Society. Mr. Wright may be reached by phone at 361-485-3309 or by email at jwright@victoriatx.org

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