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Historical Commission Hosts Annual Symposium
Wednesday, April 29, 2009 • Posted April 29, 2009

Mark your calendars today for May 17th. Each year the Mason County Historical Commission sponsors a symposium on some aspect of Texas history. Quite often, the symposium topic emphasizes events which impacted Central Texas in general or the Hill Country in particular. The topic of this year's symposium is "German Immigration into the Texas Hill Country". Guest speakers for this year's event are Billy Mohr and Paul Burrier; this year's moderator is Pat Parsons.

Billy Mohr's presentation is entitled "The Adelsverein and John O. Muesebach"; it will focus on German immigration into Central Texas in the 1840's and 1850's. Mr. Mohr grew up near Soldier's Waterhole in McCulloch County and graduated from Rochelle High School. He received a B.A. from the University of Texas at Austin and is a member of the Professional Organization of English Majors. He now ranches in Menard County and is the librarian at the Menard Public Library. His interest in Germans in Texas, John O. Muesebach and the Adelsverein comes from his German ancestors who immigrated to Gillespie and McCulloch Counties.

"The Nueces Massacre/Battle: Myths & Facts" is the title of Paul Burrier's presentation. Paul is a fifth generation Texan who was born in Fredericksburg, raised on a ranch in northern Real County and graduated from Leakey High School. He attended Southwest Texas Junior College, Texas A&M University and did his graduate work in Political Science at East Tennessee State University. Commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant of Infantry in 1964, Mr. Burrier then spent over twenty-four years in Army Infantry and Special Operations. His awards include the Silver Star, two Meritorious Service Medals, five Bronze Stars, two Purple Hearts and twenty-two other individual and unit awards. After retirement, Mr. Burrier has devoted much of his time to the researching of local Texas history. His current projects are two manuscripts on the Texas Hiss Country during the Civil War, concentrating on 'The Battle of the Nueces' and 'The Bushwhacker War'.

For the third year in a row, Pat Parsons will serve as moderator of this year's symposium. She thrives on Texas history and genealogical research and has served as President of the Caldwell County Genealogical and Historical Society. Pat will lead the discussion after each presentation and will encourage questions and participation from the audience.

The symposium will be held at the Mason High School Auditorium, 1105 W. College, at 2PM, Sunday, May 17, 2009. There is no admission fee. Popular authors will be presenting and autographing their books, which will be for sale. Door prizes will be awarded.

For further information, contact Jan Appleby, Chairman, Mason County Historical Commission,, or Jane Hoerster, Mason County Historical Commission, POB 524, Mason, Texas 76856; phone 325-347-5446; e-mail Details may also be found at the Mason County Historical Commission web-site,

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