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Dr. Stephen L. Hardin

410 Sun Valley Drive
Victoria, TX 77904
(361) 575-3681
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Topics of Expertise

Mexican Colonization
Texas Revolution
Republic of Texas
Western Frontier Texas (1840-1880s)

Presentations

1. "Devoted in Her Life; Bitter in Her Hate": The Tragic Life and Ultimate Triumph of Susanna Dickinson

Summary: Most Americans know about Susanna Dickinson, famed in Texas history as the "Messenger of the Alamo." They do not, however, know the hardships of her subsequent life. As Paul Harvey might say, this is "the rest of the story." Overhead transparencies illustrate this presentation.
Length: 45-60 minutes
Related Fourth Grade TEKS: 4.3(A), 4.3(B), 4.19(C)
Related Seventh Grade TEKS: 7.3(B), 7.3(C)
Appropriate Audience: Adult
Setup Requirements: Screen

2. "Thunderstruck Under the Tailbone": Sexual Life in the Texas Republic

Summary: The title tells the tale. These are the stories that our great, great grandmas wouldn't repeat. This rollicking presentation is a popular favorite, complete with overhead transparencies.
Length: 45-60 minutes
Appropriate Audience: Adult
Setup Requirements: Screen

3. "A Hard Lot": Texas Women in the Runaway Scrape

Summary: Following the fall of the Alamo, most Texian civilians abandoned their homes in a mass exodus to evade the advancing Mexican army. The Runaway Scrape they called it. This presentation recounts the trials and triumphs of women on the run. This is a popular after-dinner presentation, complete with overhead illustrations.
Length: 45-60 minutes
Related Fourth Grade TEKS: 4.3(A), 4.3(B), 4.19(C)
Related Seventh Grade TEKS: 7.3(B), 7.3(C)
Appropriate Audience: High School (14-18 yr olds), Adult
Setup Requirements: Screen

4. The Congressman, the Coonskin Cap, and the Creation of a Ring-tailed Roarer

Summary: As "Lion of the West," David Crockett habitually dressed in buckskins and coonskin cap. Or did he? This light-hearted detective story traces the development of Crockett's public political persona, while providing a glimpse of the real man behind the stereotype. A popular after-dinner talk, this presentation includes a number of period illustrations.
Length: 45-60 minutes
Related Fourth Grade TEKS:4.3(A), 4.3(B)
Related Seventh Grade TEKS: 7.3(B), 7.3(C)
Appropriate Audience: High School (14-18 yr olds), Adult
Setup Requirements: Screen

5. The Texas Revolution: The Home Front

Summary: When Papa marched off to fight at the Alamo and San Jacinto, Mama and the kids waged a different kind of war. Almost every American knows of Houston, Travis, and Crockett, but history rarely documents those who kept the home fires burning. This presentation is especially popular among women's groups, but it wouldn't kill the gentlemen to learn some of this! This talk is illustrated.
Length: 45-60 minutes
Related Fourth Grade TEKS: 4.3(A), 4.3(B), 4.3(C), 4.3(D), 4.3(E)
Related Seventh Grade TEKS: 7.3(A), 7.3(B), 7.3(C), 7.3(D)
Appropriate Audience: Adult
Setup Requirements: Screen

6. A Walking Tour of the Alamo and 1836 San Antonio de Bexar (Note: This presentation can occur only in San Antonio)

Summary: "It's so small!" That's what most folks say when they visit the Alamo for the first time. They fail to understand that the sands of time and the sprawl of a bustling city have greatly eroded the 1836 compound. Join Dr. Hardin as he takes visitors on a walking tour of the original fort and historic sites inside old San Antonio. His historical insight makes the tour informative; his colorful anecdotes make it enormously entertaining.
Length: 1-2 hours
Related Fourth Grade TEKS: 4.3(A), 4.3(B), 4.3(C), 4.3(D), 4.3(D)
Related Seventh Grade TEKS: 7.3(A), 7.3(B), 7.3(C), 7.3(D)
Appropriate Audience: Adult
Setup Requirements: Wear comfortable shoes!

Areas of Service

Anywhere
Anywhere within Texas
Within 150 Miles of Abilene
Within 150 Miles of Amarillo
Within 150 Miles of Brownsville
Within 150 Miles of Dallas/Fort Worth
Within 150 Miles of El Paso
Within 150 Miles of Houston
Within 150 Miles of San Antonio

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