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"Remembering Our Past, Embracing Our Future: Commemorating the Great Hanging at Gainesville" (Texas State Historical Association)

Event Information
Event Date: 
October 13, 2012 - 8:30am

The Texas State Historical Association at UNT presents...

Remembering Our Past, Embracing Our Future: Commemorating the Great Hanging at Gainesville
150th anniversary commemoration marked by a day of events, special guests and catered luncheon
Saturday, October 13, 2012, 8:30 AM to 5 PM
Gainesville Civic Center--311 S. Weaver Street, Gainesville, Texas

Full schedule of events:

8:30 AM-12:30 PM-- (Speakers) Richard McCaslin, Leon Russell, Ron Megulin & L.D. Clark

12:30 PM-- Catered luncheon (courtesy of Rohmer's Restaurant), $7 for adults, $3 children 10 and under

3:30 PM-4:30 PM-- Sons of the Union Veterans-Color Guard & Rifle Ceremony @ Clark Cemetery (Intersection of Clark Rd. and CR220)

5 PM-- Hor d'oeuvres & bonfire @ Clark-Carri Farm (629 Clark Rd., Gainesville--1/2 mile from the cemetery)

**Attendance is free and open to all. To order lunch, contact Colleen Carri at, (940) 665-9204 or (817) 999-9551.

Speakers' profiles:

Dr. Richard McCaslin is the University of North Texas Department of History Chairman. He earned his BA from Delta State University, MA from Louisiana State University and Ph.D. from The University of Texas at Austin and has authored Tainted Breeze: The Great Hanging at Gainesville, Texas, 1862.

Leon Russell, born in 1928 three miles East of Gainesville, considered it home until enlisting in the Army Air Corp at the age seventeen 17. Fueled by his motivation and complete disapproval of the cloak of secrecy surrounding the hangings, and the lack of the proper recognition of the injustice to the slain and their families, he successfully influenced the city of Gainesville to allow the first commemoration in Georgia Bass Park in 2007. His mission was to honor those citizens who tragically lost their lives in 1862.

Ron Melugin, Professor of Government, NCTC; chairman of Cooke County Historical Commission; research responsible for 15 Texas Official Historical Markers in Gainesville; author of Heroes, Scoundrels and Angels: Fairview Cemetery of Gainesville, Texas.

Dr. L.D. Clark earned his BA, MA, and Ph.D. from Columbia University. He had a long career of teaching English at the University of Arizona, The University of Nice and Korea University. He is the author of A Bright Tragic Thing and Civil War Recollections of James Lemuel Clark. Mr. Clark is the grandson of James Lemuel Clark and great-grandson of Nathaniel Miles Clark, victim of the Great Hanging.

This day of events is sponsored by the Clark family, Texas State Historical Association and the Honors Program at North Central Texas College in Gainesville.