The role of Texas Historical Commission (THC) in commemorating the 150th anniversary of the Civil War in the Lone Star State will be outlined during Angelo State University’s Civil War Lecture Series at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 4.
William McWhorter, coordinator of the military sites program in the THC’s History Program Division, will speak on “The Texas Historical Commission’s Sesquicentennial Activities” at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 4, in the C.J. Davidson Center in ASU’s Houston Harte University Center, 1910 Rosemont Drive.  The lecture is the sixth of eight programs in this academic year’s ASU lecture series commemorating the 150th anniversary of the Civil War.

The THC established its Sesquicentennial of the American Civil War Initiative in 2010 with the goal of increasing public knowledge not only of agency programs, but also of state historic resources that interpret and preserve Civil War sites and topics statewide.

Whorter will examine the THC’s three primary projects associated with interpretive efforts at Palmito Ranch Battlefield National Historic Landmark in Cameron County, the Texas Civil War Monument series and the 2014 digital update of the Texas in the Civil War brochure.  McWhorter will also discuss the THC’s 2015 planned projects at Palmito Ranch Battlefield, where the last land battle of the Civil War was fought after Appomattox, and at Galveston, a key Confederate seaport during the conflict.

The Civil War Lecture Series is sponsored by the ASU History Department and supported by Fort Concho; Fort Concho Foundation; the Office of the ASU Dean of Arts and Sciences; ASU’s Gender Studies Program; the West Texas Collection; the Porter Henderson Library; Shannon Medical Center; the Texas Historical Commission; the National Endowment for the Humanities; the Library of America; and the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History.

Other upcoming programs and speakers in the series are:

  • March 27:  “Baseball and the Civil War,” 6 p.m. period baseball game, Fort Concho parade grounds, and 7 p.m. lectures, Fort Concho Stables, Bob Bluthardt, site manager, Fort Concho, and Dr. David Dewar of ASU’s History Department.
  • April 22:  “Medicine and the Civil War,” 7 p.m., Fort Concho Stables, Dr. Robert Hicks, Measey Chair for the History of Medicine and director of the Mutter Museum and Historical Medical Library at the College of Physicians of Philadelphia.