The Gregg County Historical Museum’s Architecture Lecture provides an educational forum for the encouragement of historic preservation, restoration and ethical design. This series gives the general public the opportunity to learn about the importance or architecture and how it weaves into the history of each community. The 2016 Architecture Lecture Series will feature Dr. Jere Jackson, noted Nacogdoches historian and a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship Recipient. His latest book, published in 2014, is titled “Diedrich’s Rulfs: Designing Modern Nacogdoches”, and will be the subject of the Museum’s Architecture Lecture for 2016. Jackson, Professor of History at Stephen F. Austin State University, will focus on Diedrich Anton Wilhelm Rulfs, the German-born architect who immigrated to Nacogdoches, Texas in 1880 and who transformed the historic frontier town into a modern city. Rulfs proved himself a master at servicing many architectural needs: modest domestic structures, commercial buildings, city blocks, hotels, elaborately fashionable mansions, churches for all denominations and public schools. The museum will host a 2:00 p.m. lecture and a 7:00 p.m. lecture at First Baptist Church Longview on Thursday, March 10, 2016.
Along with the lecture, the museum will host an exhibit featuring the photography of Christopher Talbot, who took the photos for Jackson's book. This exhibit will be open to the public from March 1-26th.