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September 30, 2013

State Historian to speak at JC lecture series

JACKSONVILLE — Bill O’Neal, appointed State Historian in 2012 by Texas Governor Rick Perry, will be the keynote speaker for the 38th annual Manley Distinguished Lecture Series, held Oct. 1-2 at Jacksonville College.

The series opens at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at Buckner Chapel with a performance by “Voices of Faith,” a Christian community youth choir directed by Pam Eikner of Cumberland Academy in Tyler, followed by O’Neal’s lecture on “The History of Music in Texas.”

On Wednesday, during a 10 a.m. chapel service, he will discuss “The History of the Texas Cowboy.”

O’Neal has written more than 40 books and 300 articles, as well as numerous book reviews, and has appeared on television documentaries, including those aired by The History Channel and A&E.

In 2007, “True West Magazine” named O’Neal the “best living non-fiction writer,” and last year, he received a lifetime achievement award from the Wild West History Association, according to a release from Jacksonville College.

He has taught history teacher at Carthage’s Panola College since 1970; in 2000, he was named a Piper Professor, a recognition bestowed upon professors for superior teaching at the college level by the Minnie Stevens Piper Foundation.

Recently, O’Neal’s alma mater – Texas A&M University at Commerce – awarded him an honorary Doctor of Letters degree.

The Manley Distinguished Lecture Series is named for Nora Belle Manley, who retired in 1976 from Jacksonville College after serving on its faculty for 26 years.

While admission to both talks are free to the public, seating at Buckner Chapel is limited. However, tickets will be issued to ensure seats.

Tickets are available through the Jacksonville College business office during regular business hours Monday and Tuesday, as long a seating is available, according to college officials.

For more information, contact the business office at 903-586-2518.

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