Authority on historic flags to present “What is a Texas Confederate Flag?”
Dr. Robert J. Maberry, Jr.
Dr. Robert J. Maberry, Jr.

The Confederate flag: it’s one of the famous six flags over Texas and the subject of strong feelings across the country. The Museum of the Coastal Bend will host Dr. Robert J. Maberry, Jr. for a lecture titled “What is a Texas Confederate Flag?” at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 17.

“Lately, there’s been a lot of talk nationwide about the Confederate flag,” says Isabel Van Dyke, the museum’s curator of education. “As a history museum, we feel it’s important to provide the space to have productive conversations about topics like this. We’re looking forward to an interesting discussion.”

Maberry is a pioneer in the field of vexillology – the scholarly study of flags – and an authority on historic Texas flags and symbols. He was chief consultant for the Texas Historical Commission’s Historic Flags of Texas Project. Maberry also organized and served as curator for the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston’s groundbreaking exhibition, “Texas Flags 1836-1941,” and wrote the award-winning book “Texas Flags” in conjunction with that exhibition. He recently retired as associate professor of history from McMurry University in Abilene.

To learn more about museum programs, contact Van Dyke at (361) 582-2559 or email

The Museum of the Coastal Bend is located on the corner of Red River and Ben Jordan streets on Victoria College’s Main Campus in Victoria. Regular museum hours are 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday, and admission is pay-what-you-want. For more information, including a calendar of events, visit

Published: Friday, 11 September 2015

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