MCB offers Family History Writing workshop; genealogy seminar

Among Murderers and Madness by Sonny Long

The Museum of the Coastal Bend on campus at Victoria College will conduct a “Family History Writing Workshop” on Friday, May 4. Participants will learn about research, writing and the publication process for family histories and historical accounts from published writers, authors, and genealogy and research experts.

The workshop will begin at 3 p.m. with a book-signing and presentation by Edward Wright, author of “Todos Santos,” a book about Scottish immigrants who entered Texas through Indianola and launched a pre-Civil War cattle business with German and Mexican-American associates. The author’s research included trips to Scotland, recorded conversations with pioneer Texans, and uncovering forgotten South Texas stories. Ed Wright received a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Texas A&M and served as an officer in the US Air Force. He is a registered professional engineer who spent 35 years in the electrical business.

Following the book-signing, participants will enjoy a presentation by Jeffrey Wright with Victoria Public Library Public Services, speaking about genealogy research tools that are available for public use at the library at 4 p.m.

Barbara Kennedy from the Victoria County Historical Commission will present a short lecture, “Texas Women Remembered in Victoria County: A Pictorial Glimpse into the Life of Johanna Lenz Beck,” at 4:30 p.m. Kennedy will share insights with workshop participants regarding genealogical research and the creation process.

Award-winning writer Sonny Long concludes the workshop with a discussion about note-taking, working from public documents and getting published. Author of “Among Murderers and Madness, Bad News for McEnroe,” (co-author) and “A Long Look at Life, Volumes 1 & 2,” Long is a journalism graduate of Auburn University with a Master’s Degree in Communications from the University of Texas at Austin. Since 2005, Long has served as a bureau reporter for the daily newspaper, the “Victoria Advocate.” He will also be available for book-signing and will have copies of his books for sale.

Admission for this workshop is free. The Museum of the Coastal Bend is located on the campus of Victoria College, at the corner of East Red River and Ben Jordan.  For additional information, visit the museum’s website or call (361) 582-2511.

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Family History Writing Workshop Schedule of Events

3 p.m. – Book-signing and presentation by Edward Wright, author of “Todos Santos”

4 p.m. – Victoria Public Library genealogy research tools presentation by Jeffrey Wright, VPL Public Services

4:30 p.m. – Lecture regarding “Johanna Lenz Beck” and genealogical research informational session by Barbara Kennedy, Victoria County Historical Commission

5:15 p.m. – Book-signing and presentation by Sonny Long, an award-winning writer and author of “Among Murderers and Madness”


posted on Thursday, April 26, 2012 by Katy Long

Published: Thursday, 26 April 2012

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