Upcoming Programs

Scheduled for the Fort Worth Westerners.

March 17, 2020
Dominick J. Cirincione

March 17, 2020: Dominick J. Cirincione, "Lewis & Clark Expedition Revisited: The Land, The People, The Mission"

"Lewis & Clark Expedition Revisited: The Land, The People, The Mission"

Fort Worth Westerners member Dominck (Nick) Cirincione will present his personal experiences and reflections obtained during his participation in the Lewis & Clark Expedition Bicentennial Commemoration. Nick's journey began in New Orleans, Louisiana in 2003 and ended in Fort Clatsop, Oregon in 2006. Nick's journey along the expedition route also included stops in St. Louis, Missouri; Fort Mandan, North Dakota; and Great Falls, Montana. Nick will describe President Thomas Jefferson's Louisiana Purchase which led to the formation of the US Army's Corps of Discovery and the Lewis & Clark Expedition. He will present the expedition objectives, route and timeline.

Meet Dominick J. Cirincione

Dominick (Nick) J. Cirincione was born in Brooklyn, New York. He was an Aviation Electrician in the US Navy. He attended Teterboro School of Aeronautics where he obtained his FAA Airframe and Powerplant License. After moving to Texas, he obtained degrees from TCC and TCU.

Nick worked most of his career at Bell Helicopter. As a Bell Field Rep, he had many assignments that took him around the world. He has traveled to all 7 continents for work or pleasure.

Nick is a long-time member of Fort Worth Westerners Corral, Texas Archeological Society, North Texas Archeological Society, Society of Vertebrate Paleontology, Texas Map Society, and Texas Old Missions and Forts Restoration Association among many others.

Photo Documentation Projects

Nick has documented the following:

  • Waco Mammoth National Monument multi-year dig - Photos are currently available for research at the Mammoth Site and some of his photos can be viewed at the following website: https://www.nps.gov/waco/learn/historyculture/index.htm.
  • Great American Cattle Drive Re-Enactment 1995 - Photos currently available for viewing at Tarrant County College.
  • Sesquicentennial Wagon Train 1986 – Collection housed at the Briscoe Center for American History at UT Austin.
  • Lewis and Clark 200th Anniversary Festivities 2007 – Photos at multiple locations along the expedition route.

He is also the co-author of Texas Sesquicentennial Wagon Train, supplying the photos from his visits to numerous locations over the 6 months that the wagon train traveled around Texas. Historian and coauthor, J'Nell Pate, researched news clippings and wrote the text.

April 21, 2020
Bert Schultz

April 21, 2020: Bert Schultz, "The Oregon Trail: Gateway to Western Expansion"

"The Oregon Trail: Gateway to Western Expansion"

The history of the Oregon Trail beginning in Independence, Missouri to Oregon City, Oregon Territory highlighting major trail milestones in Kansas, Nebraska, Wyoming, Idaho and Oregon.  Approximately 400,000 pioneers and gold seekers traveled the nearly 2000-mile long trail to the Pacific coast during the period 1835 to 1869.  Come and experience the Oregon Trail during our April meeting!

Meet Albert (Bert) Schultz

Bert graduated from Hastings High School (Nebraska).  He received a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering and an officer's commission in the United States Army from the University of Nebraska in 1968.

Bert served in the US Army from 1969 to 1971, including one year as a company commander in Vietnam, after which he received a Master of Science in Civil Engineering from the University of Houston in 1973, followed by a 30-year career in the international offshore oil and gas industry.

Following his retirement, Bert served three years with Promise Keepers, a national men's ministry; three years as the President of the Westlake Historical Preservation Society; two years as Vice President of the University of Nebraska ROTC Alumni Association; and two years as the Chairman of the Westlake Academy Camp Leadership Team.

Bert's interest in old West frontier history began as a youth growing up on a Nebraska farm near the Oregon and Pony Express Trails, and frontier forts along the Platte River in Nebraska.  He has since traveled and studied the Oregon Trail, Pony Express, Bozeman, Santa Fe, and Chisholm Trail historical sites.

After fully retiring in 2005, Bert began presenting old west living history presentations including the history of the Pony Express, North American Indian and Buffalo, origin of the cowboy and the cattle drive trails and US cavalry and frontier forts during the Indian war period of 1865 to 1890.

Bert and his wife, Karen live in Westlake, Texas and have two adult daughters, five grandchildren, and one great grandchild.

May 19, 2020
Brooke Wibracht

May 19, 2020: Brooke Wibracht, "True Tales from the Texas Fence Cutting Wars, 1880–1890"

"True Tales from the Texas Fence Cutting Wars, 1880–1890"

Across Texas in the 1880s, battles broke out between permanent ranchers and landless cattlemen over access to resources that were vital to them both—grass and water. Before this chapter in Texas history closed, enemies were made, property was damaged, and lives were lost. This month historian Brooke Wibracht will share true tales from her research into the men and women who participated in the Texas Fence Cutting Wars. Ranchers, cutters, and the Texas Rangers all had their parts to play as state and local authorities sorted through accusations and quelled violent outbursts—or did not in some cases. After you hear how this complex struggle over Texas lands unfolded, we think you will agree with Wibracht that in the end "finding justice was complicated."

Meet Brooke Wibracht

Brooke Wibracht received her Ph.D. from Texas Christian University, M.A. from Loyola University Chicago, and B.A. from Texas A&M University. Her research focuses on the Texas Fence-Cutting Wars, and she examines the roles of the state government, the Texas Rangers, and ranchers as they fought over barbed wire and public land. She contributed to the forthcoming book, Texas Women and Ranching: On the Range, At the Rodeo, In Their Community with a chapter titled, "Mabel Doss, Mary Ketchum Meredith, and the Texas Fence-Cutting Wars" and teaches Texas History at TCU.

Sept. 15, 2020
Ruth Karbach

Sept. 15, 2020: Ruth Karbach, "Caruso in Cowtown"

"Caruso in Cowtown"

Famed Italian tenor Enrico Caruso's first Texas performance was before a crowd of 8,000 gathered in the Cowtown Coliseum in the Fort Worth Stockyards in 1920. Speaker Ruth Karbach will explain how the city attracted Caruso and the excitement over his visit.

Meet Ruth Karbach

An honors graduate of the University of Texas at Arlington, Ruth Karbach has had careers in the social work and history museum fields. As a juvenile probation officer, she pursued graduate studies in criminology at Sam Houston State University. In Fort Worth, she was a social worker at a children's home, a shelter for homeless families, and Tarrant County Child Welfare. Karbach was named a Child Welfare Worker of the Year for her achievements as a state adoption specialist.

Karbach's history museum career started with directing an oral history project for the Southwest Collection at Texas Tech. After serving seven years as curator of Thistle Hill, an historic house museum, Ms. Karbach worked for the National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame in collections care and as an assistant curator. She served as a consultant for "America's Castles" on the A&E network and appeared on "Christmas Castles" for HGTV and "Texas Country Reporter."

Karbach wrote two chapters on progressive era women for Grace and Gumption: Stories of Fort Worth Women and contributed an essay to the companion social history Grace and Gumption: The Cookbook. Also, she was a contributor to Celebrating 150 Years, a Pictorial History of Fort Worth. Her essay about Ellen Lawson Dabbs, M.D., an early Texas suffragist and women's rights advocate, was published in Texas Women: Their Histories, Their Lives, winner of the 2016 Liz Carpenter Award for scholarly research in women's history.

Ruth loves her adopted city of Fort Worth and has been an active community volunteer for four decades. Presently she is vice-president the Log Cabin Village Foundation, the welcome chairman in her historic neighborhood, and a director of Tarrant County Historical Society, and is a member of the Texas Association of Museum and Texas State Historical Association. She is a committee member for the Handbook of Texas Women. Her current research and speaking interest is early medical women in Texas.

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