Speaker Schedule

Who, when, where

All speakers can be heard in the air-conditioned Quanah High School Auditorium, located at 501 W. 7th St in Quanah.

Authors will be selling and signing books in the foyer outside the auditorium.

This is only the historical/cultural speaker schedule. Complete event schedule is also available, as is the music schedule.

Friday, June 18 — Speakers

  • 1 to 2 PM - Parker Family Panel
    Ron Parker
    founder, Quanah Parker Society
    great-grandson of Quanah Parker
    "The Quanah Parker Society"

    Dr. Jacquetta McClung
    professor of business, retired
    great-granddaughter of Quanah Parker
    "The Mennonite Missions and Schools"

    Don Parker
    spiritual leader and keeper of knowledge from the old ones
    great-grandson of Quanah Parker
    "Comanche Spirituality and the Native American Church"

    Bill Neeley
    biographer, screenwriter, and poet; adopted into the Parker family
    "Comanche Trail of Tears"
    Neeley's research on the Comanche campground located just southwest of current-day Quanah.

    Bob Saul, moderator
  • 2 to 2:15 PM - break

  • 2:15 - 3:15 PM - Dr. Joaquin Rivaya-Martinez
    historian and anthropologist
    Associate Professor, History Department, Texas State University, San Marcos, Texas
    "Comanches and the Land: a Symbiotic Relationship"
    Dr. Rivaya-Martínez specializes in the history of the indigenous peoples of the US-Mexico Borderlands and the southern Great Plains during the 18th and 19th centuries. He will be talking about how the Comanches related to the land and made use of natural resources before they entered the reservation in 1875. He will accompany his lecture with a PowerPoint presentation showing important Comanche sites and landmarks on both sides of the Rio Grande.
  • 3:15 to 3:30 PM - break

  • 3:30 to 4:30 PM - Comanche Indian Veterans Association (CIVA) Panel
    Features retired soldiers who served in a variety of past conflicts. During World Wars I and II, the United States military used select Native American service men to relay secret battle messages based on words from their traditional tribal languages. "Code Talkers," as they came to be known, are twentieth–century heroes. The CIVA panel will discuss Code Talkers and other topics.

Saturday, June 19 — Speakers

  • 1 to 1:30 PM - Sylvia Gann Mahoney
    educator, author, editor
    "How Quanah Parker Recruited the Doan Family to Open a Trading Post Where the the Great Western Trail Crossed the Red River"
  • 1:30 to 1:45 PM - break

  • 1:45 to 2:30 PM - W.K. (Kip) Stratton
    author; fellow of the Texas Institute of Letters
    "What Really Happened at the so-called Battle of the Pease River"
  • 2:30 to 2:45 PM - break

  • 2:45 to 3:15 PM - Shane Lance
    author; co-editor and co-owner, Quanah Tribune-Chief
    "Discovering The Town's Past: Stories of Quanah, Texas"
  • 3:15 to 3:30 PM - break

  • 3:30 to 4:15 PM - Steve Houser
    author, arborist, expert on Indian marker trees
    "Indian Marker Trees of Texas"
  • 4:15 to 4:30 PM - break

  • 4:30 to 5:00 PM - Ben Sandifer
    author, ethnobotanist
    "Medicine Mound Flora and Fauna"
  • 5:00 to 5:15 PM - break

  • 5:15 to 5:30 PM - Dennis Call
    "Through the Eyes of an Outsider"