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Texas State Historian lectures in Jacksonville


POSTED: Tuesday, October 1, 2013 - 9:00pm

UPDATED: Wednesday, October 2, 2013 - 9:22am

East Texas is getting a little taste of Texas history.

The Texas State Historian is in Jacksonville to talk about Texas country music and the original cowboy.

"We have the richest and most colorful history and culture," said Texas State Historian Bill O'Neal.  

To say O'  Neal loves history is an understatement.

"I get to play Texas history." (laughs)

He is the third appointed Texas State Historian.

A position Gov. Rick Perry gave him last year.

An honor and privilege for the history professor and book writer.

"I was told that I taught more Texas history on the college level than anybody else because I taught one or two sections of Texas history every semester.''

O' Neal was asked to speak at the 38th annual "Manley Distinguished Lecture Series" at Jacksonville College.

"He writes books he lectures on history he even dresses for the role of his history classes," said Speech and English teacher Marolyn Welch.

Tuesday,  he focused his lecture on the traditions of Texas music.

"Any kind of music you name, there have been Texans who have excelled as artists."

And Wednesday, the history of the Texas cowboy.

"And the cowboy. We gave that to the world," said O'Neal.  

"The world's number one cowboy came out of Texas."

O' Neal will be sporting some cowboy boots and chaps during his lecture.

"'Ill show how the Hispanic look, the Hispanic tools and equipment so forth led to the more accustomed look today. Once you explain the context  I see why we have that kind of spur that kind of crease in your hat." 

O' Neal said he is excited to bring the colorful history of Texas to the Jacksonville community .

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