The Brenham Heritage Museum is launching a new series of bi-monthly lunchtime lectures.

The museum says it will bring experts on subjects of history and culture to Brenham for live appearances.

Six speakers are featured in the lecture series, which is sponsored by longtime Brenham resident Seth McMeans and a member of the museum’s board of trustees. There may be a bonus conference later in the year.

The inaugural conference will take place on Monday February 28e at noon in the Bus Depot gallery at 313 East Alamo Street. It will be presented by Dr Andrea Roberts of Texas A&M University, who will explore half a dozen of Washington County’s largest free settlements.

Dr Roberts will provide background and details on the communities, which were created by people formerly enslaved in the decades following the Civil War. His lecture will accompany an exhibit that will be in place in the building at that time.

The second speaker is Texas historian James Bevill, known for his award-winning book The Republic of Paper. His presentation of Monday March 28e will cover his new book, Blackboards and bomb shelters: Americans’ perilous journey to China during World War II.

Museum Director Mike Vance said he was very excited about the lecture series and hopes people take the opportunity to hear in person from some of the state’s top writers and historians.

Lectures will take place on the fourth Monday of certain months from noon to 1 p.m. Participants can bring their own lunch or buy a sandwich on site. The first speakers will appear in the Bus Depot gallery, but as the renovation of the post office building progresses, the museum hopes to move the speakers to this building later in the year.

The series is free for all museum members and $ 5 for all others. For more details on museum memberships or the museum’s fundraising campaign, visit


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