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A truly special highlight to any tour or group meeting. Have one of Fort Worth's recognized experts on Fort Worth's rich history join your group for lunch or dinner and weave their tales of Fort Worth then and now.

(Individual availability based on schedule and prior commitments)
Dr. Richard Selcer
Quentin McGown
Ann Arnold
Carol Roark
Author/Historic Preservation

Dr. J’Nell Pate
Michelle Hartman

Jack R. Edmondson
Jan Jones


Author Richard F. SelcerAuthor-Historian Dr. Richard F. Selcer - Professor Selcer holds the Ph.D. from Texas Christian University and currently teaches at Cedar Valley College in Dallas, Tarrant County College, and at several universities in Eastern Europe. Selcer is the author of Hell’s Half Acre: The Life and Legend of a Red-Light District (TCU Press, 1991), The Fort That Became a City (TCU Press, 1995), Fort Worth: A Texas Original! (TSHA, 2004), and Legendary Watering Holes: The Saloons that Made Texas Famous (Texas A&M U Press, 2004), Written in Blood: The Stories of Fort Worth’s Fallen Lawmen, Vols. 1 and 2 (UNT Press, 2010 and 2011), as well as numerous articles about military history and the Old West.

Author-Historian Quentin McGown - Quentin McGown is a fourth generation Fort Worthian with a lifelong interest in history. He is an attorney currently serving as General Counsel and Director of Gift Planning at Texas Wesleyan University, from which he graduated with degrees in theater and law. Prior to accepting his current position, he served as the University’s Director of Alumni Relations. He served six years, three as chair, on the City of Fort Worth Historic and Cultural Landmarks Commission, and he is a past chair of the Tarrant County Historical Commission. He wrote and hosted the "Historic Fort Worth" series on community cable television, and served on the city's 1999 sesquicentennial history committee. He is chair of the Fort Worth Timeline Project, a trustee of the North Fort Worth Historical Society and board member of both the Tarrant County Historical Society and the Outriders, the support organization for the Fort Worth Herd. He has served as business manager of Stage West and executive director of Texas Heritage, Inc., overseeing the restoration of Thistle Hill. Prior to returning to Wesleyan as a staff member, he owned a special events company that produced Chisholm Trail Round-Up in the Stockyards and First Night Fort Worth for the Arts Council. As general manager of the Texas Sesquicentennial Wagon Train, he traveled the state during the six-month, 3,000-mile trip around Texas in 1986. He and his wife, Laurie, are slowly restoring their 95-year-old downtown home
Author Ann ArnoldAuthor-Historian Ann Arnold - Dr. Arnold wrote the local bestseller, Gamblers and Gangsters; Fort Worth’s Jacksboro Highway in the 1940s and 1950s (Eakin Press, 1998). She is also the author of History of the Fort Worth Legal Community (Eakin Press, 2000). The recipient of numerous awards and recognitions, Arnold is a member of the National Association of Women Writers, the Fort Worth Free Lance Network, and Cowtown Crimesolvers.
Author Carol RoarkAuthor-Historic Preservationist Carol Roark - Carol Roark is the manager of the Special Collections Division at the Dallas Public Library and the author of Fort Worth: Then and Now (TCU Press, 2001), Fort Worth’s Legendary Landmarks (TCU Press, 1995) and the Catalogue of the Amon Carter Museum Photography Collection (Amon Carter Museum, 1988). A Fort Worth resident and architectural historian, she has a special interest in both historic preservation and photography and the ways in which photography enriches our understanding of the built environment.
Author J’Nell PateAuthor-Historian Dr. J’Nell Pate - J’Nell Pate, a longtime resident of Fort Worth, is retired after 32 years as professor of history at Tarrant County Junior College. She received the Ph.D. from the University of North Texas. Dr. Pate has published extensively, including a regular column "Pages from Western History," for the Azle News, as well as scholarly articles and book reviews. Her volume Livestock Legacy: The Fort Worth Stockyards 1887-1987 (Texas A&M University Press, 1988) won the Coral H. Tullis award for the best book of Texas history in 1988. That honor is granted by the Texas State Historical Association. Dr. Pate also wrote North of the River: A Brief History of North Fort Worth (TCU Press, 1994) and Hazel Vaughn Leigh and the Fort Worth Boy's Club. She is also a fellow of Texas State Historical Association.
Author Michelle HartmanAuthor-Poet Michelle Hartman - Michelle Hartman started writing six years ago and has been published in American Woman's Motor Scene, Journal of New England Writers, Pulp Fiction, and most recently a poem in Mind Purge. Her novel "They Were Dead When I Met Them," is a loosely based history of Fort Worth. Along with Mindy Washburn, she started the Carrollton writer's group, Renegade Writers. She has lectured at T.C.U., R. L. Turner High School, Creekview High School, and the Farmers Branch Writers Group. She has read in the Starbucks Summer Reading Program, The Deep Elum Arts Festival, McKinney's Infusion and is a regular at the Half Price Books Poetry series. She has placed twice in the Byline Writing Contests. Her articles on various medical topics have been used by Texas Health Resources on their website.

Author/Storyteller Jack R. EdmondsonAuthor-Raconteur Jack R. Edmondson - J. R. Edmondson views himself in the role of historian as storyteller in both his writings and his "living history" presentations. His new book, The Alamo Story—from Early History to Current Conflicts, has been praised by reviewers as the "best" and "most readable" of all historical accounts devoted to the Texas shrine. Edmondson was a featured author at the 2000 Texas Book Festival and a member of C-Span's "Ultimate Alamo Panel," where his book was described as the "new standard on the Alamo."

Edmondson recently completed a biography, James Bowie—Frontier Legend, Alamo Hero, aimed at the middle school level. Edmondson also authored a booklet, Mr. Bowie With a Knife; and Texas and Texians, a sesquicentennial calendar. More than one hundred of his magazine articles—many on subjects from Texas history—have been published in various magazines.

As a "living historian," Edmondson combines his dramatic talents with his historical knowledge to portray such prominent historical figures as Bowie and General Sam Houston. He has performed for hundreds of classrooms, historical organizations, and seminars across Texas. Edmondson's historical presentations also have been featured at:

  • the Texas Librarians Association convention at the Alamo
  • the Star of the Republic Museum at Washington-on-the-Brazos
  • the James Bowie Symposium at Old Washington State Park, Arkansas
  • the second annual Bowie Symposium in Atlanta, Georgia
  • James Bowie's 200th birthday celebration at his birthplace near Franklin, Kentucky
  • the Arkansas Territorial Restoration in Little Rock
  • the Jim Bowie Festival in Vidalia, Louisiana

Edmondson also portrayed Bowie in two documentaries for the History Channel, an Alamo documentary for the Discovery Channel, and an episode of Unsolved Mysteries.
A native Texan, Edmondson graduated from Fort Worth Country Day School. He received his B. S. from the University of Texas at Austin and his M. S. from Texas Christian University. He occasionally teaches continuing education courses at T. C. U. and at Collin County Community College. Edmondson is a member of the Western Writers of America as well as numerous historical societies and living history organizations. He resides in Burleson, Texas.

Author/Storyteller Jan JonesAuthor - Jan Jones - Jan Jones is a fifth generation Texan and lifelong resident of Fort Worth. She earned a BS in theater and English from Abilene Christian University, and an MS from the University of North Texas. Her love of theater led to her first book, an account of the Texas Centennial and Fort Worth's Frontier Centennial, Billy Rose Presents Casa Mañana, (TCU Press, 1999). A second, more comprehensive volume, Renegades, Showmen, and Angels, (TCU Press, 2006), recounts 130 years of Fort Worth’s often colorful theatrical history, from its beginnings in the saloons of Hell's Half Acre to the Bass Performance Hall. She and thirteen other local writers also shared writing credits on two separate volumes chronicling the trials and triumphs of North Texas women—Grace and Gumption, Stories of Fort Worth Women, (TCU Press, 2007), and Grace and Gumption II, The Cookbook (TCU Press, 2010).


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