The Former Texas Ranger Foundation will honor those who have served and who are still commissioned with a two-part event starting at 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 5 at the Texas Rangers Heritage Center.
Texas Ranger Day & History Symposium will feature historians and educational programs, including Ranger camp set-ups and cannon firing.
Since 1823, when Stephen F. Austin called 10 men into service, the Texas Rangers have evolved from protecting hundreds of settler families, into one of the most elite and well-respected law enforcement agencies in the nation.
The Rangers have jurisdiction in all of Texas, and have investigated crimes from murders to political corruption.
The symposium will feature a number of speakers, including:
• Bill O’Neal, State Historian of Texas,
• Donaly Brice, retired from Texas State Library and Archives,
• Dr. Richard B. McCaslin, Lone Star Professor of History, University of North Texas,
• Chuck Parsons, author of “Capt. John R. Hughes: The Greatest Texas Ranger,”
• Dr. Harold Weiss, Professor of History (Ret.), and
• Dr. James Kearney, Professor of German Studies, University of Texas, Austin.
During the event, Dr. Joseph Luther will be on hand to sign his newest book, “The Odyssey of Texas Ranger James Callahan.”
The Texas Rangers Heritage Center, which hosted its grand opening more than a year ago, is an ongoing project of the Former Texas Rangers Foundation (FTRF). The FTRA was formed in 1897 to preserve the history of Texas’ legendary and elite law enforcement group, the Texas Rangers.
Texas Ranger Day & History Symposium will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 5, and conclude by 4 p.m.
Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 the day of the event. Lunch and parking are included. Space is limited.
For more information, contact FTRF offices at 830-990-1192 or reserve tickets online at www.TRHC.org.
For those visiting the Ranger camps and not attending the history symposium, parking will be $10 per carload and food vendors will be available at which to purchase food.