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May 2015

Lecture: “Lone Star Lala: Texas and Zydeco Music”

May 7, 2015 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Visitor Center, 1906 Calder Avenue
Beaumont, TX 77701 United States
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Zydeco music, the legendary genre of music that bubbled up out of the swamps in Cajun country, is often seen as a Louisiana-only type of music. But Texas, and specifically southeast Texas, has played a major role in the formation of zydeco music. Join us May 7th, as Roger Wood presents his talk "Lone Star Lala: Texas and Zydeco Music" at the McFaddin-Ward House. An expert on zydeco and Texas' unique influence on it through the years, Wood is the…

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July 2015

Lecture: Seeds of Empire

July 23, 2015 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Visitor Center, 1906 Calder Avenue
Beaumont, TX 77701 United States
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Join the McFaddin-Ward House and the Tyrrell Historical Library Association on July 23rd for a captivating lecture from Andrew J. Torget, a historian and professor at the University of North Texas. His presentation centers around his new book, Seeds of Empire: Cotton, Slavery, and the Transformation of the Texas Borderlands. Seeds of Empire tells the remarkable story of how the cotton revolution of the early nineteenth century transformed northeastern Mexico into the western edge of the United States, and how…

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August 2015

Lecture: “Born On The Kitchen Floor in Bois Mallet”

August 6, 2015 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Visitor Center, 1906 Calder Avenue
Beaumont, TX 77701 United States
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Free

Don’t miss the story of Lovey Marie Guillory and her ancestors, a unique and intimate story of one African American family through particularly dramatic periods of triumph and turmoil in American history. Lovey Marie Guillory’s book tells the story of her family —one of the prominent “free black” or Creole families in Louisiana— through seven generations, from their time in antebellum Louisiana through her own childhood. It chronicles the family’s personal takes on slavery, war, exile, and Jim Crow laws,…

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September 2015

Lecture: Noble Vines {A Tasting}

September 17, 2015 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Visitor Center, 1906 Calder Avenue
Beaumont, TX 77701 United States
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Wine is considered by many one of the greatest pleasures in life. But in today’s wine aisle, there are an overwhelming number of options. Join the McFaddin-Ward House and Brandon Head, a representative for Noble Vines out of Lodi, California, for a look a look inside the bottle and beyond. On September 17th, we’ll host a wine tasting featuring the unique and flavorful wines of Noble Vines. Brandon Head will speak about the different types of wine, their best pairings,…

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October 2015

Lecture: “Stuff,” with Carey Maloney

October 22, 2015 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Visitor Center, 1906 Calder Avenue
Beaumont, TX 77701 United States
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Stuff. We all collect it, we all buy it, and we all love it. Join us October 22nd for a lecture all about “Stuff,” featuring Carey Maloney, an award-winning architect and designer. Learn how to collect, decorate with, and more about the unique backstory behind the world’s wonderful and unusual things. Featured in the New York Times Magazine, House Beautiful, Time, and many other publications, Maloney is both a trendsetter and a tastemaker in the world of international design. As…

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January 2016

Free Lecture: La Folly, La Cobbler and La Rogue

January 21, 2016 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Betty Greenberg Center for Performing Arts, 4155 Liberty
Beaumont, TX 77706 United States
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Forensic Artist and Sculptor, Amanda Danning, returns to Beaumont with tales of the doomed La Salle Expedition into Texas. Her lecture focuses on three skulls found among the remains of early French settlers at Fort St. Louis. Danning reveals how her skull reconstructions are helping solve true mysteries of history. Last year's event saw a standing-room-only crowd. Seating is limited. PLEASE NOTE THE CHANGE OF VENUE FOR THIS EVENT! Betty Greenberg Center for Performing Arts/ 4155 Laurel Ave, Beaumont CALL…

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February 2016

Free Lecture: Glensheen – Minnesota’s House Museum

February 18, 2016 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
McFaddin-Ward House Visitor Center, 1906 Calder
Beaumont, TX 77701 United States
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Chances are, the reason you're reading this is because you LOVE historic homes, right? Or maybe you simply like our free lectures and receptions. Regardless, we have a special evening planned with a very entertaining speaker. Please join us as we welcome historic house museum director, Dan Hartman, who will take us on a "tour" of the Glensheen House. The Glensheen is Minnesota's most visited historic home and one of the most opulent in the country today. As with the McFaddin-Ward House,…

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March 2016

Free Reception and Lecture: Riders on the Orphan Train

March 3, 2016 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
McFaddin-Ward House Visitor Center, 1906 Calder
Beaumont, TX 77701 United States
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The Orphan Train has gained much publicity recently with a best selling novel and a movie in the works. But few know what the phenomenon really meant for the historical landscape of our country. The orphan train was the largest child migration ever seen. More than 250, 000 orphans and unwanted children were taken out of New York City and given away at train stations across America. Please join us for a very special and different evening presented by singer/songwriter,…

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June 2016

Art Greats of Southeast Texas Lecture

June 16, 2016 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
McFaddin-Ward House Visitor Center, 1906 Calder
Beaumont, TX 77701 United States
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Free

The art scene in Southeast Texas is alive and well. Does that surprise you? For more than a century, great masters have lived among us, leaving behind brilliant works and respected reputations. We at the McFaddin-Ward House are proud to keep legacies alive through education and community events. This month is no exception as our 2016 Lecture Series continues. The McFaddin-Ward House is excited to host leading museum authority, Sarah Beth Wilson, who will speak about Southeast Texas' hidden treasures…

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July 2016

JAMES EVANS SPEAKS ON PHOTOGRAPHING THE BIG BEND

July 21, 2016 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
McFaddin-Ward House Visitor Center, 1906 Calder
Beaumont, TX 77701 United States
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Free
James Evans, Big Bend Photographer

James Evans, Big Bend photographer, comes to the McFaddin-Ward House sharing his wit, humor, and life's work capturing images of the formidable Big Bend, Texas. Evans fell in love with the Big Bend on a hiking trip 28 years ago, so he set up camp...permanently. He's been taking stunning pictures ever since, has authored two books, and finally got married this year. His work is featured regularly in Texas Monthly Magazine among other notable publications. His photographs hang in prestigious…

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August 2017

Free Lecture: Hair, a History

August 10, 2017 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
McFaddin-Ward House Visitor Center, 1906 Calder
Beaumont, TX 77701 United States
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Free

Hair History Lecture and Exhibit Long, short, braided, curled, or straightened; hairstyles make history. They can act as forms of social communication and offer insight into our private and public personas. The well-groomed McFaddin women went to great lengths to enhance their appearances, especially when it came to their hair. Museum intern Jennifer Kellum presents this exhibit and lecture which explores how women’s hair care, hairstyles, and hair adornments serve as reflections of people, places, and time.

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September 2018

Free Lecture – DNA Kits: Who’s Been Climbing Your Tree?

September 13, 2018 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
McFaddin-Ward House Visitor Center, 1906 Calder
Beaumont, TX 77701 United States
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DNA: the New Way to Meet Your Relatives A hundred years ago when Ida Caldwell McFaddin researched her family's genealogy, she may have become frustrated. The methods were not easy at that time; she no doubt painstakingly poured through hundreds, if not thousands of family documents and government records to trace her family ties. How wonderful that times have changed! We have the internet AND over-the-counter DNA kits to help. Millions of people are racing to buy commercial DNA kits…

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