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On October 29, 1854, a petition for a permanent reservation for the Alabama Indians, signed by tribal leaders, was presented to the Texas legislature. This petition was approved, and the state of Texas purchased land in Polk County for a reservation the same year.

Carrying a 45-pound rucksack and walking 20 miles a day, John Mumby is fighting a different kind of battle than the one he fought in Iraq 30 years ago. The Persian Gulf War Veteran is fighting to raise awareness of Gulf War Syndrome in a 300-mile trek from his home near Winnsboro, Texas, to Austin.

The broad expanse known as Latin America ranges from Texas’ southern border to the Arctic Circle. We celebrate the region’s cultural traditions from September 15 to October 15 each year. Perhaps the most pervasive of these traditions is the cuisine including street food like tacos and churro…

The Center for the Advancement and Study of Early Texas Art in San Angelo features the works and influence of Palestine artist Ancel Nunn in a recent video. The Great Texas Curatorial Wanderer video series is creating awareness of early Texas art and promoting its preservation and appreciation.

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The great educator Booker T. Washington visited Marshall on October 3, 1911, as part of his southern educational tours from 1908 to 1911. A front page article in the Marshall Messenger described his visit. A Wiley College band led a large parade in downtown Marshall celebrating his arrival.

The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service's Texas Master Gardener program is now accepting applications for its new class beginning January 12, 2022, in Van Zandt County. Classes will meet at the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension office each Wednesday for 17 weeks. Classes are also availab…

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The use of herbs in the culinary world has been around for centuries. They are potent, aromatic plants used both for medicinal purposes and flavor in several dishes. Each culture around the globe has their own unique combination of herbs and spices that is exclusive to their signature dish. …

On September 21, 1921, brothers Austin and Tom Brookshire opened the first Brookshire Brothers grocery store in Lufkin, Texas. However they wanted a regional presence and so they grew to operating 33 grocery stores in East Texas.

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On September 9, 1961, at 10:08 p.m., a fireball was seen passing northward through the sky just east of the Fort Worth-Dallas region. It hit the ground near Bells, Grayson County. Some 10 ounces of a very rare carbonaceous chondrite was retrieved from the meteorite over a six-month period. O…

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Lecil Travis Martin, better known as Boxcar Willie, was born September 1, 1931, in Sterrett, Texas, in Ellis County. He was the eldest son of Birdie Brown and Edna (Jones) Martin. He grew up singing with his family while his father played the fiddle. In his early years, Martin's father worke…

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Mount Vernon Music is opening its 2021-2022 season in September with live classical performances. The new season is themed “Ways Forward” and features guest performances by professional musicians from Texas and around the nation.

Inventor Robert H. Dennard was born September 5, 1932, in Terrell, Texas. An engineer, Dennard invented the one-transistor cell for dynamic random-access memory (DRAM) and developed scaling principles that led to improvements in the performance of mini integrated circuits. These innovations …

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On June 8, 1819, Eli Harris led an advance guard of the Long Expedition across the Sabine River. He proceeded to Nacogdoches, where he published the first edition of the Texas Republican on August 14. The Republican was first English-language newspaper in Texas. 

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The Russian Ballet Theatre presents their new production of Swan Lake, 7:30 p.m., March 19, 2022, at Greenville Municipal Auditorium. Pre-sale tickets are now available. Patrons will be amazed by the nuanced production of this enduring classic. 

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The City of Longview’s Unity & Diversity Committee is hosting a series of summer readings of inclusive children’s books as part of the organization’s mission of promoting unity, diversity, and inclusion. Videos of the readings by local leaders air live on UDC’s Facebook page July 16, 23,…

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On October 24, 1886, the Texas State Fair opened on a section of John Cole's farm in north Dallas. A rival organization, the Dallas Exposition, opened its first fair the following day. Both fairs were successful and together drew more than 35,000 people a day. Eventually, the two groups deci…

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On June 26, 1922, radio station WFAA in Dallas began transmitting. The A.H. Belo Corporation published the Dallas Morning News and the Texas Almanac until May 5, 2008, when the Texas State Historical Association acquired the almanac.