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Focus on History - January 29, 2018

History By The Way

Dan Utley, Humor in Aluminum: Twisted Tales from the Texas Historical Marker Files

The Official Texas Historical Marker Program of the Texas Historical Commission boasts more than 17,000 markers, far more than any other state. One of the reasons for the program's phenomenal success is that the Texas process begins at the county level. In effect, the counties tell the state what they believe is significant enough to record for the general public. It is an important joint partnership that has important benefits, but it can also result in some interesting exchanges among the various parties involved. Mining the state agency's files, former THC Chief Historian Utley brings to light for the first time some of the challenges of maintaining one of the nation's most successful public history endeavors. 
Historian and author Dan K. Utley has written several books, including History Along the Way, History Ahead, and Faded Glory, that focus on the broader significance of local history topics.  The former Chief Historian for the Texas Historical Commission, he often utilizes historical marker stories as a springboard for new perspectives on the past that reach far beyond the roadside interpretations.
2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Student session, Landes Auditorium, Galloway Building

5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.  Reception, Talk, and Book Signing in the John Gray Library, 8th Floor

Focus on Film - February 26, 2018

Film and SE Texas

J.D. Feigelson, David Hooker, Gordon Williams, O'Brien Stanley; Film and Southeast Texas

 A series of panel discussions focusing on film, Southeast Texas, and the connections between regional history and film. Panelists include producer-screenwriter, J.D Feigelson, producer-director Gordon Williams, and actor-professor (and local film historian) David Hooker. The panel will be moderated by Lamar Communication-Film Professor O'Brien Stanley.

2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Student session, Landes Auditorium, Galloway Building
5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.  Panel in the John Gray Library, 8th Floor

Focus on Music - March 24, 2018

Magnolia Band

Dr Bryan Proksch, Center Fellow; John Phillip Sousa Meets Beaumont's Magnolia Petroleum Band

Bring your lawn chairs and picnic baskets and join the Lamar University Bands for an outdoor afternoon band festival commemorating the "March King" John Phillip Sousa's four Beaumont visits in 1906, 1919, 1924, and 1928. This concert will celebrate the music of the Magnolia Band, a local Beaumont band conducted by Dentist Harry Cloud and his Magnolia Refinery bandsmen (now a part of ExxonMobil) as conducted by Sousa in January 1924. At that time, Lamar University was beginning its second semester and the Magnolia Band was nationally famous for playing the inaugural broadcast of KFDM ("For Dependable Magnoline") on Beaumont's first radio station.

The afternoon festival will feature all three of Lamar University's bands playing music from America's "Golden Age" while Beaumont was a booming oil town in the historical reproduction setting of the Spindeltop Museum.

2:30 p.m. Beaumont's Magnolia Brass Band Festival at Spindletop/Gladys City Boomtown Museum

Focus on Literature - March 26, 2018

Lisa Sandlin, Gretchen Johnson, Jim Sanderson; Beaumont and Southeast Texas Fiction

 A series of panel discussions focusing on literature, Southeast Texas, and the connections between regional history and fiction. Panelists include author Lisa Sandlin, author and assistant professor Gretchen Johnson, and author and professor Jim Sanderson. 

2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Student session, Landes Auditorium, Galloway Building
5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.  Panel in the John Gray Library, 8th Floor

Focus on History - April 12, 2018

Film and SE Texas

Penny Clark, Center Fellow; Freeing Men, Imprisoning Women: Civil War Women's Work to Free Confederate Prisoners

2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Student session, Landes Auditorium, Galloway Building
5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.  Reaud Event Center

Focus on Community - April 23, 2018

Magnolia Band

Marilyn Manson-Hayes, Center Fellow;1930s Beaumont Voices

Multi-media program with costumed actors presenting Beaumont, Texas citizen written essays from the 1930s, accompanied by historically pertinent commentary and enhanced with radio, movie clips, music and pictures from the time.

The uniqueness of the essays comes from the uniqueness of the writers. Chester A. Easley, a Baptist, Texas born, owner of Seaport Coal Company, and Samuel Rosinger, 1900 Russian immigrant and Rabbi of Temple Emanuel, who wrote, as volunteers, weekly essays for the Rotarygrams newsletters for about 7 years.

2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Student session, Landes Auditorium, Galloway Building
5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.  University Theatre