Texas History Seminars to the following:
University of Texas Osher Lifetime Learning Institute (OLLI) Continuing Education Programs:
UT SAGE 2009
UT FORUM 2010
UT LAMP 2010
UT NOVA 2011
UT QUEST Spring 2013
UT NOVA Fall 2013
UT SAGE Winter 2014
UT SAGE Winter 2015
UT LAMP Winter 2016
UT FORUM Spring 2016
UT QUEST Fall 2016 UT SAGE Fall 2017 UT NOVA Winter 2018
UT QUEST Spring 2018
Lifetime Learning Institute (LLI) Fall 2012
Scholia Fall 2012
Westminster Monthly, first Mon.
Atria Retirement Monthly, second Mon.
Renaissance Monthly, third Mon.
"I had no idea there were so many interesting sites so close to home!"
"Would love to hear more from Myra. Wonderful combination of geography and history."
"Myra is such fun, I wish she were my neighbor."
"Myra has amazing command of historical detail."
"Your course was a delight, especially for those of us who are not native-born Texans...."
Traveling Texas heads west to the Alsatian village of Castroville, a hidden treasure nestled along the Medina river. Uvalde claims Vice President John Nance Garner, Governor Dolph Briscoe, and Dale Evans. A few miles south, we find Crystal City and learn the story of the WWII internment camp for German, Japanese, and Italian families. Our next stop is Brackettville and Fort Clark, home of the Black Seminole Indians and the Buffalo Soldiers. Del Rio is known for its beautiful San Felipe Springs and the medical charlatan John R. Brinkley. Along the Trans-Pecos we find the ancient rock art of peoples who disappeared without a trace, the saloon and courthouse of Judge Roy Bean, the Law West of the Pecos, and a portion of the 16th century route of Cabeza de Vaca, Texas’ first historian. The next portion of our trip slips into Marathon and Big Bend Country where we climb from the Chihuahuan Desert into the Chisos Mountains. From the resort town of Lajitas, we follow the River Road to Fort Leaton, where a former scalp hunter operated a trading post along the famous Chihuahua Trail.
Circling Central Texas--Six to eight sessions that travel south from Austin, exploring the history and good tales in locales such as Buda where a UT coed robbed the bank in 1925; Kyle, home of the namesake for A&M's Kyle Field; San Marcos, inhabited for over 10,000 years; Seguin named for a hero or a traitor? Lockhart, Victorian buildings make great movie sets; and Luling a cow town turned oil town. We go through Gruene and Wimberley on the way to the Texas Hill Country and LBJ's homeland. Marble Falls, known as the Blind Man's Town; Llano, land of rich mineral deposits; Burnet, site of an early Texas fort; and Lampassas, known for its healing springs . We go on to Bartlett, home of the "Four Gospels Railroad; Taylor, home of Dan Moody who won the first convictions against the KKK; and the Czech settlements blessed by their Painted Churches. LaGrange boasts a memorial to men in the Dawson Massacre and Black Bean Episode and is know for "The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas;" Columbus almost won the state capital; Halletsville was named for a widow who made friends with the Tonkawas; Shiner the home of Spoetzl Brewery and the grand Sts. Cyril & Methodius Catholic Church; Cuero was the center of the Sutton-Taylor Feud and the Chisholm Trail; Victoria was the headquarters of Texas' only Mexican colony and home to wealthy cattle ranchers. We go to Pierce founded by Shanghai Pierce, cowman; Columbia, first capital of the Republic of Texas; Blessing, which got it name out of gratitude for the arrival of the railroad; Matagorda, early Texas settlement at the mouth of the Colorado River; Palacios, early resort town. Port Lavaca developed after the Great Comanche Raid and had visitors such as Sally Skull and the Mustang Gray Rangers. Aransas National Wildlife Refuge, the winter home of Whooping Cranes; Goose Island State Park shows off a Live Oak about 2,000 years old; Fulton touts the grandest 1877 mansion on the coast; and Rockport reigns as "The Texas Riviera." The Irish settled in colonies around San Patricio and Refugio; Czech settlers' first home in the U.S was at Panna Maria. Castroville and D'Hanis were among the Alsatian settlements.