History and Culture Lecture Series

Oil and Water: Economic Linchpins of Southeast Texas and the Upper Gulf Coast

Part Two: Focus on Water - October 23, 2017

Port of Beaumont

David Falloure, Deep Water: The Story of Beaumont and Its Port

2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Student session, Landes Auditorium, Galloway
5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.  Reception, Talk, and Book Signing in the Reaud Event Room


Focus on Texas - The Great War - November 6, 2017


Lila Rakoczy, The Golden Triangle and the Great War

2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Student session, Landes Auditorium, Galloway
5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.  Public session, Reception and Talk in the University Event Center, 8th floor library

Few states were as transformed by World War I as Texas.  This was especially true of the southeast region of the state, particularly the communities of Beaumont, Port Arthur, and Orange.  As the nation mobilized for war in 1917,  the "Golden Triangle" responded not just through military enlistments, but through its shipbuilding, oil, and timber industries.  This concentration of labor, both black and white, also brought the watchful eye of a government intent on suppressing labor and racial activism, as well as anti-war sentiment. What emerges is a complicated picture of a region grappling with great change amidst the pressures of war over 100 years ago.

Free and open to the public.


Focus on Music - November 16, 2017

Cajun music

Kevin Fontenot and Carolyn Gnagy, Singing the Dream: Cajun and Prison Music

2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. Student session, Landes Auditorium, Galloway
5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.  Reception, Talk, and Book Signing in the Reaud Event Room

Center Fellows

Center for History and Culture Fellowships

Request for Proposals

The Center for History and Culture (CHC) invites applications, both Lamar and non-Lamar, for up to two fellowship positions that are open to Lamar and non-Lamar candidates. The Center is an interdisciplinary, multi-cultural center promoting the creation, preservation, and transmission of knowledge—broadly conceived--about the region of Southeast Texas and the Upper Gulf Coast. Through public engagement, especially the production of high quality publications, creative exhibits and cultural performances; sponsorship of lectures and symposia; development of innovative curriculum; and support of faculty and students in their focused research, the Center strives to be the historical and cultural hub that tells the story of the area.

Working in tandem with the Center’s Director, Dr. Mary L. Scheer, two Center Fellows will be chosen to contribute to the programming of the Center. Their one-year Fellowship will represent the highest honor of distinction.

Fellows will be expected to produce high quality outcomes (publications, lectures, creative activity, etc.), which address important problems and/or enhance the historical/cultural understanding of the region in areas such as energy, history, art, music, literature, environment, society, government and others. They will also give a lecture/exhibition/performance to invited guests, faculty, and the community, as well as students.

For their service, Lamar Fellows will be given up to a $5,000 grant to cover their related expenses and a one semester 25% teaching load reduction. Non-Lamar fellows will receive a $5,000 grant. If warranted, Fellows may apply for an additional year.

Criteria for Lamar Fellows:

  1. Full-time tenured or tenure-track Lamar faculty with at least one year of full time service to receive funding.
  2. Endowed chair holders and administrators above the level of chair are ineligible.
  3. Faculty may not hold more than one fellowship at a time.
  4. Only applicants with “adequate performance and merit” or higher on the F2.08s are eligible.
  5. Evidence of professional accomplishments in discipline.

Criteria for Non-Lamar Fellows:

  1. Record of professional accomplishments in discipline.
  2. Evidence of a commitment for a high quality outcome (ie. book contract, upcoming exhibition/performance, developmental leave from another institution, etc.)  

The deadline for applications is March 15, 2018. For more information about the Center please visit  Please send your application electronically to Dr. Mary L. Scheer, Fellowship recipients will be announced April 20, 2018.

Fellow Application Documents



2017 Inaugural Center Fellows


Dr. Proksch

Dr. Bryan Proksch

Associate Professor Music

"John Philip Sousa Meets Beaumont's Magnolia Petroleum Band"

Penny Clark

Penny Clark

Lamar University Archivist

" Freeing Men, Imprisoning Women: A Study of a Civil War Woman's Work to Free Confederate Prisoners"

Marilyn Manson-Hayes

Marilyn Manson-Hayes

Independent Local Researcher

"1930s Beaumont Voices - Chester A. Easley and Samuel Rosinger
A dramatic multimedia program presenting depression era essays from Beaumont, Texas Rotarygrams"

Voices Program

The Voices Program is a Collection of Oral Histories of Southeast Texas and the region broadly conceived.

Special Events

The Center proposes to spearhead the upcoming Centennial of Lamar University (South Park Jr. College) in 2023.  The 100th anniversary celebration will “tell the university’s story”—its history, traditions, contributions, and legacy--utilizing materials (yearbooks, correspondence, newspapers, etc.) archived in the library.   The celebration will take the form of lecture events, exhibits, student activities, and perhaps even a time capsule for the next 100 years.


* Information provided at a later date.


The Center would support student internships and research projects related to its mission and core focus on Energy in collaboration with the Spindletop Gladys City Boomtown Museum, the Dishman Art Museum, and others.