Museum Notes 9-10-2020

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I am very excited to announce that the museum has two programs coming up soon! On Sunday, September 13th, at 1pm, the museum presents “Tombstone” with Kurt Russell and Val Kilmer at the Palace Theatre. We recommend a donation of $5 per person to attend. Right before the movie starts, I will provide a brief fun facts history talk about the movie and the actual events. Call or text Natalie at 217-2169 to reserve your seats at the theatre.

Then on Monday, September 14th, the former State Historian of Texas, Bill O’Neal, will read from his new book, “Billy and Olive Dixon: A Plainsman and His Lady.” This is the first biography of Billy Dixon in more than a century! Due to COVID-19 restrictions, we will host the book reading outside on our lawn. We will have chairs and a sound system set up, so everyone will have a place to sit and be able to hear O’Neal’s talk. We strongly recommend wearing a mask, but it is not mandatory.

O’Neal has traveled tens of thousands of miles across the Lone Star State as an ambassador for Texas history. He is the author of more than 40 books and has appeared on TV history documentaries including The History Channel, TBS, The Learning Channel, CMT, A and E, and the American Heroes Channel. He is a past president and fellow of both the West Texas Historical Association and the East Texas Historical Association. In 2007, O’Neal was named True West Magazine’s Best Living Non-Fiction Writer. In 2012, he received the Lifetime Achievement Award of the Wild West Historical Association. He also received the A.C. Greene literary award in 2015 at the West Texas Book Festival in Abilene. O’Neal taught at Panola College in Carthage, Texas, and received the prestigious teaching award, the Piper Professorship, in 2000. In 2013, Panola’s new dormitory was named the Bill O’Neal Hall. That same year, he received an honorary Doctor of Letters degree from his alma mater, Texas A&M University-Commerce.

Hope to see everyone there!


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