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JC Annual Lecture Series to cover Cowboys

JACKSONVILLE, September 27, 2013— Jacksonville College invites the community to enjoy a night of “good ole Texas appreciation” as Bill O’Neal, current State Historian of Texas, presents the first session of the thirty-eighth annual Manley Lecture Series, in Buckner Chapel, Tuesday, October  1.

Bill O'Neal currently serves as the State Historian of Texas. He was appointed by Governor Rick Perry in 2012. He is the author of more than 40 books and 300 articles and book reviews. He has appeared on TV documentaries over TBS, The History Channel, A&E, The Learning Channel, and CMT.

O'Neal has taught history since 1970 at Panola College in Carthage, where he was named a Piper Professor in 2000. Last month his alma mater, Texas A&M University - Commerce, awarded O'Neal an honorary Doctor of Letters degree. In 2012 he received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Wild West History Association, and in 2007 he was named Best Living Non-fiction Writer by True West Magazine.

The Tuesday evening lecture series will open at 6:30 with a performance by the Voices of Faith, a Christian Community Youth Choir, directed by Pam Eikner of Tyler’s Cumberland Academy followed by featured presenter, Bill O’Neal. Voices of Faith seeks to provide talented young musicians an opportunity to learn and grow in their artistic discipline, musicianship, vocal skill and technique by offering instruction through preparation and performance of challenging, God-honoring repertoire. Students believe their talents are a gift from God, and they actively seek ministry opportunities.  The choir’s large ensemble has 80 members from ages 11-18, as well as a small traveling ensemble of 20 to 30 members.

Bill O’Neal’s topics for the lecture series are “Musical Traditions in Texas” on Tuesday evening, Oct 1, and “Cowboys: Texas Icons” to be presented on Wednesday, Oct 2, during the 10:00 a.m. chapel hour.

Admission is free to the public; however, tickets are required because of limited seating. You may pick up tickets at Jacksonville College’s business office during business hours September 23 through October 1, as long as seating is available. Any remaining tickets will be available at the door. You may also reserve tickets to be picked up the night of the lecture by calling the business office at 903-586-2518.

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