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Sam Rayburn Museum and Austin College Co-Sponsor Rayburn Conference

Statue of Sam Rayburn in front of library, Bonham.The Sam Rayburn Museum, a division of the Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, and the Austin College Center for Southwestern and Mexican Studies will host a statewide conference on the history of Texas political leadership on Thursday, October 1 at Austin College. The conference will celebrate the life and work Congressman Sam Rayburn, who represented the fourth Congressional District for a half-century, and will also analyze the nature of Texas political leadership during the 20th century. The conference is free and open to the public.

11:00 a.m. to Noon, Hoxie Thompson Auditorium
Introduction of Dr. Remini
Symposium Address – Dr. Robert Remini, Historian of the United States House of Representatives

1:30 p.m. - 2:40 p.m., Hoxie Thompson Auditorium
Panel 1 - Politics and Congress in the Rayburn Era
Moderator - Dr. Jackie Moore, Austin College
Panelists: Dr. Nancy Beck Young, University of Houston; Dr. Anthony Champagne, University of Texas at Dallas; Dr. Fred Beuttler, Deputy Historian, United States House of Representatives

3:00 p.m. - 4:10 p.m., Hoxie Thompson Auditorium
Panel 2 - Profiles in Power – Personalities and Texas Politics in the Rayburn Era
Moderator - Dr. Light Cummins, Austin College
Panelists: Dr. Patrick Cox, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, University of Texas at Austin; Dr. Kenneth Hendrickson, Midwestern University; Dr. Michael Collins, Midwestern University

Also on October 1, the Friends of Sam Rayburn will honor Bob Weddle with the H.G. Dulaney Public Service Award at their Annual Awards Banquet at 6:30 p.m. Texas State Historian Dr. Light Cummins will be the featured speaker and the program will include a special tribute to the late H.G. Dulaney. For more information on the Friends or the banquet, contact the Sam Rayburn Library: 903-583-2455.

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