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November 2 & 3, 2018 – Historical Fiction Fall Event with America Best Selling Author Robert Hicks, author of “Widow of the South” and “Orphan Mother” – Register Today!
Fri02Nov2018Sat03Nov2018times varyBuffalo Soldiers National Museum, 3816 Caroline St, Houston, TX 77004
Houston Writers House
Henry B. Crawford and Robert Hicks
Registration includes "Meet the Guests and Authors" dinner on Friday night, lunch on Saturday plus admission to tour the Buffalo Soldiers National Museum.
PLEASE NOTE EVENT LOCATION:
Buffalo Soldiers National Museum
3816 Caroline St, 3rd Floor, Houston, TX 77004
~ Schedule ~
Friday November 2, 2018
4:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Captain Paul Matthews Presentation and Tour followed by a Meet and Mingle: Dinner with the Guests and Authors.
4:30 pm - Friday Registration begins
5:15 pm - Friday Evening with Captain Paul Matthews - Founder and Chairman of the Buffalo Soldiers National Museum - Captain Matthews will conduct a detailed tour of the Buffalo Soldiers National Museum followed by dinner with the guest and authors.
Paul J. Matthews is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of the Buffalo Soldiers National Museum. He is a graduate of Prairie View A&M University and a former captain in the U.S. Army’s Medical Service Corp. He received a Bronze Star Medal, Army Commendation Medal, and Combat Medical Badge in the Republic of Vietnam in 1969 and then went on to become executive business manager and director of military affairs for Merck & Co., Inc. During his career at Merck, Matthews pursed his interest in the exploits of the Buffalo Soldiers. Thirty years later, Matthews kept telling Barbara, his wife of forty years, that he had enough artifacts to start a museum. His donations make up 60 percent of the collection in the only museum in America to chronicle the entire African American military experience, from the Revolutionary War to the Persian Gulf War. The museum also recognizes the military contributions of African American women, such as Harriet Tubman. More than 90,000 visitors have enjoyed the museum’s interactive tours and reenactments of historic Black characters.
In 2003, Matthews received the Congressional Black Caucus Veterans’ Braintrust Award for his "exemplary national and community service on behalf of this country’s African American veterans." Additional awards include 2005 NAACP Community Service Award, 2006 National Educational Association’s Carter G. Woodson Award, 2008 YMCA Houston Minority Achievers Award, 2008 National Women of Achievement Shining Star Award, 2008 Freedom Foundation at Valley Forge George Washington Honor Medal and 2009 Houston Frontiers Club 21st Martin Luther King, Jr. Drum Major Award. The museum participates in parades, gives historical lectures, and supports the national Veteran’s Registry Project. He established the Veteran’s Oral Initiative in collaboration with Texas Southern University (TSU), University of Houston and the Library of Congress.
6:30 pm - Dinner with banjo music by Curt Locklear
~ Schedule ~
Saturday November 3, 2018
8:30 am - 5:00 pm
8:30 am - Saturday Registration begins
9:00 am - 10:00 am - Saturday Morning Keynote Speaker - Robert Hicks Keynote Topic: How Myth and Fiction can save Civilization.
Robert Hicks is the author of The New York Times Bestseller "The Widow of the South" and has played a major role in preserving the historic Carnton mansion, a focal point in the Battle of Franklin which occurred on November 30, 1864. Nashville Lifestyles Magazine recently named Robert as the #2 in the top 100 Reasons to Love Nashville, describing him as Nashville's "Master of Ceremonies".
Working both as a music publisher and in artist management in both country and rock music, my interests remain broad and varied. A partner in BB King's Blues Clubs (www.bbkingbluesclub.com) in Nashville, Memphis and Los Angeles, I serve as 'Curator of Vibe' of the corporation.
A lifelong collector, I was the first Tennessean to be listed among Arts & Antiquities' Top 100 Collectors in America - my collection focuses on Outsider Art, Tennessean, and Southern Material Culture. I served as co-curator (with Ben Caldwell and Mark Scala) on the exhibition, Ar of Tennessee, at the Frist Center for the Visual Arts in Nashville. The exhibition was a seven year endeavor from conception at my kitchen table to its opening, September 2003. I was co-editor of the exhibition's award-winning catalog, Art of Tennessee (UT Press, 2003).
In the field of historic preservation, I've served on the Boards of Historic Carnton Plantation (www.Carnton.org), the Tennessee State Museum, The Williamson County Historical Society, and the Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts (www.oldsalem.org/about/mesda.htm). In December 1997, after a third term as president of the Carnton board, and in light of my years of service to Carnton, I was named by board resolution: "the driving force in the restoration and preservation of Historic Carnton Plantation."
For the past two years,I've headed up Franklin's Charge: A Vision and Campaign for the Preservation of Historic Open Space (www.franklinscharge.com) in the fight to secure and preserve both battlefield and other historic open space in Williamson County. Franklin's Charge has taken on the massive mission of saving what remains of the eastern flank of the battlefield at Franklin - the largest remaining undeveloped fragment of the battlefield - and turning it into a public battlefield park which will eventually run from the Lotz and Carter Houses (www.carter-house.org) to Ft. Granger and Carnton Plantation, with significant holdings around Breezy and Winstead Hills. (www.civilwarinteractive.com)
10:15 - 11:30 am - Saturday Morning Session
Robert Hicks will present: Marrying Truth and Fiction: The Hard Work behind Historical Fiction
Lunch 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
12:35 pm - 2:35 pm (with 10 min break) - Saturday Afternoon Session with Henry B. Crawford - "Texas Hide Hunters: Materials, Methods and Mooar"
This power-point session will take an in-depth look at the technology and methodology that brought down the buffalo on the West Texas plains in the 1870s. Mr. Crawford will discuss buffalo hunting, including the varieties of guns and ammunition used as well as skinning, meat and hide preparation and transportation to markets. He will then focus on a West Texas treasure in the collections of the Museum of Texas Tech University - buffalo hunter John Wesley Mooar's Sharps rifle.
Henry B. Crawford is a Research Associate and the retired Curator of History at the Museum of Texas Tech University. Prior to his most recent curatorial position he served as Museum Registrar at the Texas Tech Museum and at the Milwaukee Public Museum. He holds an M.A. in American History/Museum Studies from University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and museum training certificates from the Smithsonian Institution and the Texas Historical Commission Winedale program. He is currently the Model Railroad Exhibit curator at the Science Spectrum Museum in Lubbock, TX.
As a thirty-eight year veteran of the museum profession, he has served several terms on the councils of the Texas Association of Museums, the Mountain-Plains Museums Association, the Association for Living History, Farm and Agricultural Museums, the American Alliance of Museums Registrars Committee Board, and numerous state, regional and national museum special projects. He served as Chair of the MPMA Mentoring Program for six years, and was a founding board member of The Texas Living History Association. At the Museum of Texas Tech he is most proud of his role as the Advisor of the Museum Science and Heritage Students Association, and as a mentor to dozens of students and young professionals.
His research fields include American military history, western frontier transportation, frontier trade and economics and American material culture. As a scholar of Western history he has published many articles and book reviews, and has given numerous lectures on a variety of frontier topics for museums and historic sites.
Mr. Crawford is the founder and CEO of his living history interpretation and consulting entity History By Choice. He has been a consultant for several museums and agencies, and has also consulted on, and appeared in various television and video productions for the History Channel, Discovery Channel, McGraw-Hill Video, Montana Public Television, the National Park Service, PBS programs "Texas Ranch House," and "Latino Americans" on which he served as the Texas Living History Coordinator. His most recent appearance is in “Protecting the Plains: The Story of Fort Griffin” being shown at the Fort Griffin State Historic Site visitor center.
Mr. Crawford has been active in living history interpretation and reenacting for thirty-eight years, and shares his expertise through lectures on living history philosophy, techniques, practices and research at museums, schools and historic sites nationwide. He has been the coordinator of several living history events. His favorite reenacting areas are the American Revolution, American Fur Trade, Texas Revolution and Republic (1836-45), Civil War, Buffalo Soldiers and the frontier military, buffalo hunting, frontier civilian life, and both theaters of World War II, among others. He is also proficient in historic firearms and horsemanship.
2:45 pm - 3:15 pm - Saturday Afternoon - Retired Sgt. Maj. James Williams - The oldest Buffalo Soldier
Sgt. Maj. Williams was born in Texas and served for 21 years, including in the Korean War from 1950-54 and four tours in Vietnam. When he joined at the age of 15 in 1950, he could not eat, sleep, or participate in the same activities as white soldiers and endured not only the physical challenges of the military experience but the mental ones.
~Historical Fiction Panel with Guests ~
Historical Fiction Panel - 3:25 pm - 4:25 pm
Moderators and Panelists:
Henry B. Crawford
Sgt Major James Williams
~ Saturday Conclusion ~
Tour the Buffalo Soldier Museum at your leisure
A Brief History of the Buffalo Soldiers National Museum
The Buffalo Soldiers National Museum (BSNM), a non-profit 501(c)(3) institution, was founded in 2001 by Vietnam veteran, Captain Paul J. Matthews. Major Charles Williams, United States Army Retired, serves as the Museum's Chief Docent. BSNM is the only museum dedicated primarily to preserving the legacy and honor of the African-American soldier in defense of the United States of America from the Revolutionary War to present. The Buffalo Soldiers National Museum is a proud member of the Houston Museum District and the Midtown Cultural Arts District. The museum is also a proud member of the Greater Houston Conventions and Visitors Bureau, Greater Houston Partnership and the Better Business Bureau.
FRIDAY only - INCLUDES DINNER - MEMBERS $75 - NON- MEMBERS $130 (NON-MEMBERS PRICE INCLUDES ONE YEAR AUTOMATIC HWH MEMBERSHIP)
SATURDAY only - INCLUDES LUNCH - MEMBERS $135 - NON-MEMBERS $195 (NON-MEMBERS PRICE INCLUDES ONE YEAR AUTOMATIC HWH MEMBERSHIP)
MEMBERS TWO DAY PACKAGE $200