Lectures at the Petroleum Museum
Arlen Edgar Distinguished Lecture Series – sponsored by the Abell-Hanger Foundation
The Arlen Edgar Distinguished Lecture Series brings explorers, photographers, scientists, and historians from all over the world to the Permian Basin. Special thanks to the Abell-Hanger Foundation for their sponsorship of these events. This is a free, ticketed event. For reservations, call 432-683-4403 or reserve online by clicking here.
November 13th Presenter: Jeff Hunt
World War I wasn’t, as prolific writer H.G. Wells labeled it, the “war that will end war,” but it was a war that profoundly changed the world, the U.S., and Texas. Officially, World War I began on July 28, 1914 and the U.S. entered in April 1917. On November 11, 1918 an armistice between Germany and the Allied nations came into effect. In 1919, President Wilson proclaimed the day should be “filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service and with gratitude for the victory”. The war marked the beginning of the American Century, started the nation on the path to superpower status and set the stage for the next century of war and warfare. Almost 1 million Texans registered for the draft, 198,000 served and 5,171 Texans died in service. How did the United States get involved in World War I? How did World War I start? What role did Texans play in the Great War? Jeffrey Hunt, Director of the Texas Military Forces Museum and Adjunct Professor of History at Austin Community College, will answer these questions and more. Join us to memorialize World War I and the 36th Infantry from Texas as we commemorate the 100th anniversary of the end of the Great War.
Brown Bag Lunch and Lecture Series – sponsored by Norma J. McGrew, Mr. & Mrs. Max Wright, & Texas Pecos Trail
November 13th Presentation: John Trischitti – Literacy & the Midland County Library Renovation
Known in the library world as ‘Mr. T’, John Trischitti is an early literacy advocate who is passionate about how reading can change lives. His work on initiatives such as Project Literacy and encouragement to students who utilize the library gives him a unique perspective about literacy and the educational needs of the community. Mr. T has put Midland on the map as one of the state’s top libraries. His lifelong activism for quality education is evident as he shares his experiences as an education and literacy advocate. Join in the conversation with this TEDx Speaker as he shares his views on literacy and the status of the renovation of the downtown branch of the Midland County Library.