Winter Lecture Series 2016

We have a great line up for our 2016 Winter Lecture Series. The talks are free to the public and will be held at the Port Aransas Museum on Mondays: January 4 and 18, and February 1, 15, and 29.  Doors open at 6:30 p.m. for a cheese and wine reception in the museum, and the public is encouraged to browse the Museum and shop in the Gift Shop.  At 7 p.m. everyone moves across the walkway to the Community Ctr. for the lecture.

Shifting Channels: Passes in the Past by Greg Smith, January 4
A look at the changes in the Mustang & Padre Island passes from 1838 to present. Greg is the President of the Port Aransas Preservation & Historical Association. He is a rancher, developer and a direct descendant of Patrick F Dunn, the Duke of Padre Island. Gregg’s talks are always fascinating.

The Wests of Texas by Bruce M. Shackelford, January 18
In his new book, The Wests of Texas: Cattle Ranching Entrepreneurs, noted author Bruce M. Shackelford recalls the story of forgotten Texas legends. Bruce is the guy you have all seen appraising western artifacts on Antique Road Show. He is a nationally recognized authority on the history of the American West. Currently the Curator of the South Texas Heritage Center and the George West Trail Drivers Gallery at the Witte Museum in San Antonio, Texas, he has created exhibits utilizing the museum’s important history collections on subjects from American Indian cultures to the history of horsemanship and the cattle industry in North America.

The History of Texas Folk Music by David & Barbara Brown, February 1
David and Barbara Brown are well known musicians and scholars. This will be a very different lecture as the Browns will bring their instruments and sing their way through this history lesson. Dancing is permitted, and other musicians might just show up.

Murphy Givens’ Book Columns II by Jim Moloney, February 15

Jim Moloney will review and then sign copies of the new book Columns II that he and Murphy Givens have written about local history.  Murphy Givens’ historical articles in the Corpus Christi Caller-Times are collected by many readers. This volume, Columns II, is compiled from more than 100 columns published in 2012 and 2013. They are about the pioneers and settlers who tamed the wild land and made South Texas their home. They were adventurers, outlaws, cowboys, ranchers and entrepreneurs, from all over the United States, Europe and Mexico. They lived in dangerous times and left a lasting legacy. This second book of Givens’ collected newspaper columns includes 193 photographs and maps, source notes and a full index.  Jim Moloney is a businessman with an interest in the history of South Texas, known for his presentations on local history. His publishing company, Nueces Press, has released six books in partnership with Murphy Givens.

Mysteries of the Deep: the 19th-Century Monterrey Shipwrecks of the Gulf of Mexico by Amy Borgens, February 29
For 200 years three mysterious shipwrecks have lain hidden deep in the Gulf of Mexico, undiscovered until recent oil exploration work in 2011. Originally identified as unknown targets, multiple archeological investigations since 2012 ultimately discovered three shipwrecks. These are believed be of the same period, located within four miles of one another more than 170 miles offshore of Galveston. These intriguing archeological sites include an armed sailing vessel, a hide cargo merchantman, and a third large ship of unknown purpose. All are presumed to have been lost in the same event, such as a storm or hurricane. A collaborative team of federal and state archeologists recovered artifacts from one of the three vessels to help unlock the mystery of their purpose and demise. Project team member and Texas Historical Commission State Marine Archeologist Amy Borgens presents the current research findings and what has been learned since the initial discoveries. Amy Borgens is the marine archaeologist for the Texas Historical Commission. She earned a Bachelor’s Degree from Purdue University in Fine Arts and received her Master’s Degree in Anthropology, Nautical Archaeology Program, from Texas A&M University.