Notable lineup of local experts explore our area’s history in popular monthly lunch lectures

By Kelli Nesbitt, Parks & Recreation Marketing Coordinator

Much of Brazos County’s colorful past is preserved in fascinating documents, maps, and photos, but nothing matches history as told by those who lived it or historians who studied it.

For many years, the city’s Historic Preservation Committee has conducted popular monthly luncheons featuring lectures and presentations about our rich local history. The luncheons begin at 11:30 a.m. on the third Wednesday of each month at the beautiful Larry J. Ringer Library. However, due to a scheduling conflict, the March luncheon will be at the Lincoln Recreation Center.

The taped lectures are broadcast on Suddenlink Channel 19, streamed online, and archived on the city’s YouTube page.

Attendance is free, but lunch is $7 per person. Lunch reservations are required by the Friday before the event. You can reserve your lunch by calling 979-764-3486, visiting a park facility, or online. Payment is required at registration.

Here’s the upcoming schedule: 

Jan. 18 • “Live from Aggieland,” by Rob Clark

Aggieland has witnessed a parade of musical icons over the years, each with an intriguing story attached. Rob Clark explores these stories in his book, “Live from Aggieland.” Learn how popular music has enhanced Bryan-College Station’s cultural perspective while providing students, graduates, and residents with lasting musical memories.

Feb. 15 • “BV African American Museum,” by Barry Davis

Explore the history, development, and goals of the Brazos Valley African American Museum with board member and former Bryan High and Texas A&M basketball legend Barry Davis. Since 2006, the museum has been the place to explore, develop, preserve, and present African Americans’ cultural history and heritage in the Brazos Valley.

March 15 • “Past & Present Texas Wine,” by Ben Jeter

When pondering the future, it’s helpful to examine the past. Explore the past and present of Texas wines with Threshold Vineyards winemaker and Aggie alumnus Ben Jeter. The family-owned vineyard and winery is located near the Brazos River.

April 19 • “Washington on the Brazos,” by Chandler Wahrmund

Located on 293 acres of lush parkland, Washington on the Brazos State Historic Site gives visitors a unique insight into the lives and times of the 59 delegates who met on that spot in 1836 to declare independence from Mexico. Fanthorp Inn Interpreter Chandler Wahrmund describes the site’s unique history and how Texas became Texas.

Historic Preservation Committee

The Historic Preservation Committee advocates preserving our area’s history to be enjoyed and recognized by future generations. The committee includes nine citizens appointed by the city council for two-year terms.

It meets on the first Monday of each month at 4 p.m. in the second-floor conference room of the Municipal Court building at 300 Krenek Tap Road.

For more information, call 979-764-3486 or email

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Kelli Nesbitt has served the Parks & Recreation Department for 17 years, the last nine as marketing coordinator. A native of Bryan, she earned a bachelor’s degree in health & kinesiology from Sam Houston State.

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