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Brown Bag Lunch at the Library
Wednesday, February 15, 2012 • Posted February 15, 2012

The Mason County Library Board members invite you to the first 2012 Brown Bag Lecture. We are privileged to have as our speaker John L. Davis, PhD., the former Executive Director of Research for the Institute of Texas Cultures. Please join us on Thursday, February 23 in the Stribling Room of the Mason County Library at 11:30 a.m. Bring a brown bag lunch and the Board members will supply you with beverage and dessert. This promises to be an interesting and exciting lecture. Hope to see you there! John L. Davis was the man who for more than 40 years helped craft the nation’s view of Texas at the University of Texas San Antonio Museum, the Institute of Texas culture.John joined the museum team as a researcher in 1967, two years after then Texas Governor John Connally commissioned the Institute to develop the Texas Pavilion for the 1968 World’s Fair in San Antonio. Davis would help present and preserve the stories, histories, and traditions of the numerous cultural groups of Texas and would continue to act as a steward of the institute after the fair, as the Texas Pavilion became a permanent museum.Davis completed his doctorate in humanities at the University of Texas at Austin, while working as a researcher for the institute. After HemisFair, Davis remained with the museum until the mid 1980’s. In 1986, he was a part-time professor at UTSA and San Antonio College, often serving as a consultant to the ITC and working with Jo Ann Andera, director of the Texas Folklife Festival.During his tenure at UTSA, Davis served in various capacities: lecturer, teaching associate, director of research, associate executive director of research and interim executive director.He returned to the institute, full-time, in 1998 and became the head of the research department. In 2005, when Jerry Barloco retired as executive director, Davis agreed to serve as interim, a position he held for three years.

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