Texas, Our Texas

Two Mondays, March 1 and 22 at 6 – 7:30 P.M. Museum of Printing History, 1324 West Clay (Between Waugh and Montrose, and between West Gray and West Dallas) One Wednesday, March 10 at 9:30 A.M.; location of bus departure will be given to participants.

Monday, March 1 — H. W. Brands: The Surprising Texas Revolution
The Texas Revolution was a surprise to almost everyone involved. Stephen Austin was surprised that the troubles with Mexico had reached the point of revolution. Santa Anna was surprised that the Texans would really fight. Sam Houston was surprised at how well they eventually fought. And nearly all Texans were surprised by how quickly the fighting ended and how slowly true peace arrived. Dr. Brands will discuss these surprises and others that he encountered in writing his new book, Lone Star Nation. He is a distinguished professor of history, holds the Melbern G. Glasscock Chair in American History at Texas A&M University, and author of The First American: The Life and Times of Benjamin Franklin, and T.R.:The Last Romantic.

Wednesday, March 10 — Tour of San Jacinto Monument and Battlegrounds
The San Jacinto Monument marks the site of the battle that ended the Texas Revolution. We will tour the Monument and its surrounding battlegrounds. To link Texas’ past with its present, we will enjoy lunch at the Monument Inn overlooking the busy commerce of the Houston Ship Channel.

Monday, March 22 — James L. Haley: The Unknown Sam Houston
Sam Houston, congressman and governor of Tennessee, leader of the Texas revolutionary army, architect of Texas annexation and senator and governor of the state of Texas, is a matchless icon of 19th-century American history. His temper, battles with alcohol and quixotic relationships with women complicated his tempestuous political life. Houston’s biographer, James L. Haley, will discuss the man behind the legend. Haley’s biography, Sam Houston, has won eight historical and literary awards, including the Tullis Prize of the Texas State Historical Association.



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If you are interested in traveling to Virginia in the spring of 2019, please call the registrar at 713.666.9000 to place your name on a list. Please see Terms and Conditions for "travel list" policy. 


Please note a date in the Mid-term Elections course has changed from that published in the brochure. The course will meet the first two Mondays, October 29 and November 5 as planned, but will meet Tuesday, November 13 instead of Monday, November 12. 


Also note Art Underground: Carlos Cruz-Diez at the Cistern on Wednesday, November 14 is FULLY SUBSCRIBED. A second session has been added and will meet Monday, November 12 from 2:00-3:30 P.M. Registrations are being accepted for November 12. You may register online, or by phone.


Who Gets to Vote: Challenges for the 2020 Elections?
Speaker: Dale Ho, director of the American Civil Liberties Union Voter Rights Project
Monday, November 19, 6:30-8:00 P.M.
Location to be announced


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