Nov. 17, 2020
Shae Adams Nawoj

Nov. 17, 2020: Shae Adams Nawoj, "Hair Art in 19th Century Social Traditions"

"Hair Art in 19th Century Social Traditions

Shae Adams Nawoj will delve into the history of hair art and its role in 19th century social traditions. She will show off some of the intricate work created by our ancestors with a demonstration of how those pieces may have been created.

Meet Shae Adams Nawoj

Shae Adams Nawoj is the Assistant Historic Site Supervisor at Log Cabin Village in Fort Worth. She has worked in the museum world at institutions as varied as Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site, Gettysburg National Military Park, Colonial Williamsburg and the Buffalo Bill Center of the West, with her most recent being the W. K. Gordon Center for Industrial History of Texas. Her background includes studies in public history with an emphasis in 19th century American history and memory. At Log Cabin Village she works as part of a "myth busting" team on a mission to set the record straight about life on the American frontier.


Oct. 20, 2020
Ruth Karbach

Oct. 20, 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. Currently she is the president of the Log Heritage Foundation, supporting Log Cabin Village; the welcome chairman in her historic neighborhood; a director of Tarrant County Historical Society; and a member of the Texas State Historical Association. She is a committee member and contributor to the TSHA Handbook of Texas Women, the Handbook of Texas Medicine, and the Handbook of Dallas-Fort Worth. Her current research interest is the Fort Worth School of Medicine, 1894-1918, and medical education in Texas during the professionalization of the medical field.


Sept. 15, 2020
Bert Schultz

Sept. 15, 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. Experience the Oregon Trail during our September meeting on Zoom!

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.


Feb. 18, 2020
Richard McCaslin, Ph.D.

Feb. 18, 2020: Richard McCaslin, Ph.D., "RIP Ford, Congressman of Republic of Texas and Texas Ranger"

"RIP Ford, Congressman of Republic of Texas and Texas Ranger"

The program will be on "RIP" Ford. John Salmon Ford (May 26, 1815 – November 3, 1897), better known as "RIP" Ford, was a member of the Republic of Texas Congress and later of the State Senate, and mayor of Brownsville, Texas. He was also a Texas Ranger, a Confederate colonel, doctor, lawyer, and a journalist and newspaper owner. He fought in Mexican - American War under John Coffee Hays, became chief Texas Ranger in the antebellum era and defeated both Juan Cortina "Robin Hood of the Rio Grande" and Comanche chieftain and medicine man, Iron Jacket. As a Texas state brigadier general, he won the last battle of Civil War which took place in the Rio Grande Valley.

Meet Richard B. McCaslin, Ph.D.

Richard McCaslin is TSHA Endowed Professor of Texas History at the University of North Texas.

Dr. McCaslin currently teaches classes on Texas and nineteenth-century United States military history at the University of North Texas. His primary interest is in addressing the myths of our past and finding the truth that lies within, as well as explaining the not-so-true elements that develop. He is an author or editor for eighteen books and the director for more than a dozen UNT doctoral graduates, several of whom have also published books. Seven of his books have won awards, and his biography of Robert E. Lee was also nominated for a Pulitzer. In addition, he has written more than two dozen book chapters and journal articles on subjects related to what he teaches. He is currently working on three books: biographies of sculptor Pompeo Coppini and Texas Ranger William L. Wright, and a study of the Trans-Mississippi in the Civil War. He maintains an active public speaking schedule, which allows him to travel and learn more about Texas and the United States.


Jan. 21, 2020
Shae Adams

Jan. 21, 2020: Shae Adams, "Myth and Memory of the West"

"Myth and Memory of the West"

Shae Adams will explore the myths about the frontier, what they say about our memory of America's past, and how that shapes the national narrative.

Meet Shae Adams

Shae Adams is the Assistant Historic Site Supervisor at Log Cabin Village in Fort Worth. At Log Cabin Village she works as part of a "myth busting" team on a mission to set the record straight about life on the American frontier.

She has worked in the museum world at institutions as varied as Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site, Gettysburg National Military Park, Colonial Williamsburg, and the Buffalo Bill Center of the West, with her most recent being the W. K. Gordon Center for Industrial History of Texas. Her background includes a master's degree in public history from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County with an emphasis in 19th-century American history and memory.

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