Saturdays Lecture Series Audience

xperts on all facets of state and national history provide compelling presentations, often from their own books. Facts, statistics, rumors and tall tales provide an entertaining session for adults.

These free presentations are held in the Frisco Heritage Museum Second Floor Theater from 10 – 11 am; come a little early (9:30) for breakfast snacks and coffee.

JANUARY 7, 2017

“Civilian Conservation Corp in Texas” by John Garbutt

In the 1930s, the United States was in the throes of the Great Depression, and Texas was no exception. Both land and people were struggling. Hundreds-of-thousands were unemployed and many farms failed due to market collapse. West Texas became the southern tip of the Dust Bowl, while East Texas Lumber companies had nearly stripped the once lush pine forests from the landscape. What could help both the people and the land? The answer came in the form of the Civilian Conservation Corps.

About the presenter: John Garbutt earned a Bachelor of Science degree in History at The University of Texas at Tyler. Mr. Garbutt also holds a Master of Arts degree in History from Stephen F. Austin State University. He was a professor of history at Panola College in Carthage, Texas from 2008–2009. His teaching experience prepared him for his many public speaking engagements on behalf of the Museum of the American Railroad (MAR) in Frisco, Texas where he currently serves as Director of Programs & Services. Before joining the staff of MAR two years ago, Mr. Garbutt was on staff at the Texas Historical Commission and has had extensive experience in public history and historical site management.

APRIL 29, 2017

In Love and War“In Love and War: The World War II Courtship Letters of a Nisei Couple”
by Melody M. Miyamoto Walters

December 7, 1941 is a day that will live in infamy. For the residents of Hawaii, the repercussions of the bombing of Pearl Harbor lasted far beyond the end of World War II. Japanese Americans in Hawaii faced the challenge of living under martial law, but their experiences revealed the enemy at home: racism. This lecture will focus on the lives of two Japanese Americans who negotiated what it was like to be American citizens who shared a common heritage with the enemy. It is also their love story, a classic tale of twenty-somethings courting despite differences in their families’ economic status. Miyamoto Walters will use the personal writings of her grandparents to examine race, identity, and culture in World War II Hawaii.

About the presenter: Melody M. Miyamoto Walters returns to review her newest book, In Love and War: The World War II Courtship Letters of a Nisei Couple, published by the University of Oklahoma Press. She grew up in Hawaii and attended the University of Hawaii before earning her Master’s Degree and Ph.D. from Arizona State University. She is a scholar of the American West and has expanded her studies of the region into the Pacific. She currently teaches history at Collin College, Central Park Campus in McKinney.

OCTOBER 7, 2017


Saturday at the Museum October, 2017 FlyerWashington-on-the-Brazos by Richard B. McCaslin
Frisco Student Photography Exhibit & Reception
“The First Texan” Film Screening

Join us for a day of FREE entertainment at a special event featuring three unique programs and activities.

Begin the day at 9:30 for breakfast snacks, then, at 10am hear Richard B. McCaslin, TSHA Endowed Professor of Texas History at the University of North Texas, talk about the town of Washington on the Brazos where “Texas became Texas.” It is the subject of his newest book that will be available for purchase and signing after the presentation.

From 1-3pm, attend an exhibit and reception for Frisco photography students. Their subject matter is their home town, “Frisco.”

Stay for the screening of a 1957 classic movie “The First Texan” starring Joel McCrea in the museum theater from 3-5pm. Discussion with Meredith Martin of Collin College will follow.

This day of special events and activities is sponsored by Humanities Texas, Collin College, the Heritage Association of Frisco, and the Frisco Heritage Museum.

About the presenter: Richard B. McCaslin, TSHA Endowed Professor of Texas History at the University of North Texas, is the prolific author of several prize-winning books including Tainted Breeze: The Great Hanging at Gainesville, Texas, October 1862, which won the Tullis Prize and an AASLH commendation. His Lee in the Shadow of Washington received the Laney Prize and the Slatten Award, and was nominated for a Pulitzer. Other recognitions for his books include the Award of Merit from the Texas Philosophical Society, the Pate Award, the Bates Award, and the Freeman Award. A Fellow of the TSHA and Admiral in the Texas Navy, he has received commendations from the Civil War Round Tables in Dallas, Fort Worth, and Shreveport for his academic work on the Civil War Era.