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    times varyBuffalo Soldiers National Museum, 3816 Caroline St, Houston, TX 77004

    November 2 & 3, 2018

    Featuring New York Times Best Selling Author, Robert Hicks

    Other Speakers Include

    Henry B. Crawford ~ Curt Locklear ~ Caroline Leech ~ Capt Paul Matthews ~ Retired Sgt Maj James Williams

    The venue and the speakers for this event are of interest to any and all of us that enjoy history, especially history with a human touch. We encourage everyone to look at the event, and if strikes your interest to attend. You will not be disappointed!

    Member and Non-members registration for the same price. Seating is limited!!  Sign up today!

    ~ Schedule ~

    Pre-Event Dinner 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.

    Captain Paul Matthews

    4:30 pm - Friday Registration begins - Friday Only $75 Members & Non-members.

    5:00 pm - 5:45 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. Learn more about Paul J. Matthews 

    6:00 pm - Curt Locklear presents "Soldiers, Loves, and Songs of the Civil War" - This presentation includes performance of songs of the era on banjo and guitar.

    6:30 pm - 7:30 pm - Dinner with banjo music by Curt Locklear

    Learn more about Curt Locklear

    ~ Schedule ~

    Saturday November 3, 2018

    8:30 am - 5:00 pm

    Robert Hicks

    8:30 am - Saturday Registration begins - Saturday Only $135 Members & Non-members.

    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 "Orphan Mother," " 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".  "Orphan Mother" trailer

    Learn more about Robert Hicks

    10:10 - 11:15 am - Saturday Morning Session

    Caroline Leech will present: World-building is not just for Fantasy: How to make Historical Settings Come Alive in your Writing

    Session Description: Every writer knows that fantasy authors work hard to build imaginary worlds in the minds of their readers, but what about us historical storytellers? The worlds we describe may be just as alien to our 21st century readers as their space-ships and elf-palaces, even if we base our settings on very real times and places. Have your pen and paper ready for Caroline’s interactive session on how to bring your historical settings alive for your readers.

    Caroline Leech is the author of two young adult novels, WAIT FOR ME (2017) and IN ANOTHER TIME (2018), both set in her native Scotland during World War Two and both published by Harper Teen/Harper Collins. She is currently working on her next pair of novels set in an earlier but equally volatile period of British history. She regularly gives schools workshops around Houston, is on the advisory board of Inprint, and is an active member of Houston SCBWI.

    Learn more about Caroline Leech at

    Lunch 11:15 am - 12:00 pm

    Henry B. Crawford

    12:10 pm - 2:10 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.

    Learn more about Henry B. Crawford


    2:20 pm  - 3:35 pm - Saturday Afternoon Session

    Robert Hicks will present: Marrying Truth and Fiction:  The Hard Work behind Historical Fiction


    Learn more about Robert Hicks


    Retired Sgt Major James Williams

     3:45 pm - 4:25 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.

    Learn more about Sgt. Maj. James Williams

    ~Historical Fiction Panel with Guests ~

    Historical Fiction Panel - 4:25 pm - 5:00 pm

    Moderators and Panelists:

    Henry B. Crawford, Robert Hicks, Sgt Major James Williams, Caroline Leech, Curt Locklear

    ~ 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 BureauGreater Houston Partnership and the Better Business Bureau.

    PLEASE NOTE EVENT LOCATION:  Buffalo Soldiers National Museum ~ 3816 Caroline St, 3rd Floor, Houston, TX 77004

    Registration includes "Meet the Guests and Authors" dinner on Friday night, lunch on Saturday plus admission to tour the Buffalo Soldiers National Museum.

    FRIDAY only -  INCLUDES DINNER - $50    

    SATURDAY only - INCLUDES LUNCH - $135     

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