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The Old West: German Fantasy & Texas Reality

Lecture 01-17-2003, Dallas

Dr. Meredith McClain at Ribbon Cutting in Dallas
Pictured left to right: Thomas Mangartz, Deputy Consul General, German Consulate, Houston; Susan Eldredge, President-Elect, Dallas Historical Society; Professor McClain; Dr. Tillman Hein, President, Dallas Goethe Center

The Dallas Historical Society and the Dallas Goethe Center hosted a humorous and informative lecture by Professor Meredith McClain of Texas Tech University in Lubbock, on Friday, Jan 17, 2003 at the Hall of State in Fair Park. More than 150 attendees in the audience enjoyed Dr. McClain's slides and stories of the early German pioneers in the Llano Estacado, which was later so accurately described by the world-famous German author, Karl May. Dr. McClain has been recognized by the German government for her research in the field of German immigration to Texas.

Following the lecture, she cut the ribbon on her traveling exhibit that tells the fascinating and comprehensive story of Germans in Texas. This exhibit will be on display at the Hall of State in Fair Park until May 1, 2003. Admission is free and the Hall of State is open from 9:00-5:00 Tuesday-Saturday and 1:00-5:00 on Sundays.

The Dallas Goethe Center is a non-profit organization that fosters mutual understanding between people of German speaking countries and those of the USA. This exhibit will be of enormous interest to those of German descent living in the Dallas area. For further information, please contact the Archives Director, Dallas Historical Society at 214-421-4500 x. 110.


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Please connect with Dr. McClain regarding Texan-German history, the Llano Estacado, author Karl May, and Adobe architecture

Dr. McClain at the ITB in Berlin

The possibilities for presentations, public talks, and scholarly lectures are always of interest. (Dr. McClain pictured above, delivering a presentation at the University of Texas at Arlington, Oct. 2010.)