Thursday, August 11, 2011

Explore Texas in 1835 with Dr. Gideon Lincecum

The Second Saturday program at Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge for the month of August will be something a little different: a Chautauqua-style lecture in which Dr. Jerry Lincecum role-plays his ancestor, Dr. Gideon Lincecum. Gideon Lincecum was an American pioneer, historian, physician and prominent naturalist in Texas. Gideon will be introduced by Dr. Peggy Redshaw. The free program will be held in the meeting room of the new Visitor Center at the Refuge, which is located at 6465 Refuge Road, Sherman, 75092, at 10 am on August 13. Second Saturday nature programs are open to the public.

Jerry Lincecum, a sixth-generation Texan, is an Emeritus Professor of English at Austin College. He has a BA from Texas A&M and the MA and Ph.D. from Duke University. Jerry, who is shown in courtesy photo above, is a great-great-great grandson of Gideon.

Peggy Redshaw, a native of central Illinois, is Professor of Biology at Austin College. She holds a BS from Quincy College and a Ph.D. from Illinois State University.

Along with their colleague, the late Dr. Edward Hake Phillips, Jerry and Peggy have published several scholarly books and papers drawn from the Gideon Lincecum Papers, including “Adventures of a Frontier Naturalist” (1994), “Science on the Texas Frontier” (1997), and “Gideon Lincecum’s Sword: Civil War Letters from the Texas Home Front” (2001).

Coffee will be served in the Friends Building from 9 - 10 am on August. 13, and Second Saturday for Youth will begin in the Friends Classroom at 10 am. Please note that reservations are closed for this month's youth program, as it is full.

For directions or more information about Hagerman NWR, please see the official Refuge website or

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