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El Camino Real de los Tejas Heritage Education Project

Photograph by Chris Talbot

East Texans wanting to learn more about the Camino Real and current research are invited to attend one of four public lectures offered by the Stone Fort Museum.  Jeffery Williams, Landscape Geographer and GIS Systems Administrator in the Arthur Temple College of Forestry & Agriculture at Stephen F. Austin State University, will outline his ongoing research on the historic trace and the new mapping efforts related to identifying trail resources.

Thursday, May 7th, 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.. Chireno Methodist Church
851 Main Street, Chireno.  In cooperation with the Chireno Historical Society.

Friday, June 12th, 5:30 – 7:00 p.m., First United Methodist Church
701 Goliad, Crockett
In cooperation with the Houston County Historical Society as they celebrate the anniversary of the 1837 formation of Houston County.

Saturday, July 4th, 2:30 – 4:00 p.m., Cole Art Center @ the Old Opera House
329 East Main Street, Nacogdoches. Mr. Williams will be joined by photographer, Christopher Talbot, SFA School of Art Faculty.  Mr. Talbot’s 2008 exhibition of student work, “Now and Then,” combines historic photographs of downtown Nacogdoches with modern images and has led to a trail-wide project documenting communities.  Scheduled just prior to the Nacogdoches Convention and Visitor Bureau’s Freedom Fest that starts at 5:00 p.m.  Come early and stay late!

Thursday, August 13th, 6:30 – 8:00 p.m., Caddoan Mounds State Historic Site
1649 State Hwy 21W, Alto.  The locus of trail activity, the mound complex in Alto will be a fitting backdrop for the final lecture on el Camino Real de los Tejas National Historic Trail.

The series of lectures are part of the Camino Real Heritage Education Project funded by the National Park Service – Intermountain Region.  The Project recently completed the first of two workshops with El Camino Real de los Tejas Heritage Tourism Workshop.  Traveling from as far away as Castroville, Texas and Baton Rouge, Louisiana, thirty heritage resource managers and independent researchers gained new information and insights on the newly designated National Historic Trail.  Held on Saturday, March 7th and Sunday, March 8th, the workshop group traveled to Mission Dolores Visitor Center in San Augustine and toured a section of the trace near Geneva, Texas. 

The workshop for heritage resource professionals will be followed this summer with a workshop exclusively for teachers.  To learn more about the serier of public lectures or about participating in the summer workshop, contact Museum staff at 936-468-2408.

Google Public Map of Host Sites:  El Camino Real Public Lecture

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