Here at the museum, we work hard to bring you lectures that are both fascinating and educational. Last year, we had talks over the business of wine in Napa Valley, duck hunting, the early days of Beaumont, art forgeries, and the gardens at Monticello.
This year, our 2015 Lecture Series is also shaping up to be yet another exciting year.
On January 29th, we welcome forensic sculptor Amanda Danning, who will kick off the series. Danning has gained international recognition as a forensic sculptor, having been commissioned by the Smithsonian Institution for reconstructions of Jamestown settlers, Buffalo Soldiers, ancient Paleo-Americans, and many others. Dr. Douglas Owsley of the Smithsonian Institution National Museum of Natural History says, “It is rare to find someone whose work can help interpret and bring to life the past for so many people.” Danning’s work is on display at the NMNH and more than thirty U.S. museums. She’ll be giving her talk “Making Heads and Telling Tales” on January 29th.
On March 19th, the man with the best job in Texas will be here; Daniel Vaughn is the Barbecue Editor for Texas Monthly, and he’ll share the history of barbecue in the Lone Star State.
Roger Wood, a retired college professor and author of three acclaimed books on zydeco music, will be here on May 7th. “Lone Star Lala: Texas and Zydeco Music” is his fascinating talk, and he’ll share the unique role of southeast Texas in the shaping of this beloved genre of music.
And on October 22nd, a name familiar to many of you will round out our list of lectures. Carey Maloney, an award-winning architect and designer, will talk about his approach to design and the culture of “stuff.”
It’s an eclectic list, to be sure, but one we think will interest a broad audience and further our goal of educating and enlightening southeast Texans. Join us next year for one–or all—of these lectures!