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Texas Map Expert James Harkins at BHM History Lecture Series

The next speaker at the Brenham Heritage Museum’s Seth McMeans Lecture Series is Texas map expert James Harkins. His talk is Monday, May 23 from noon until 1:00 PM at the museum’s Bus Depot Gallery at 313 East Alamo Street. Harkins will speak about historic Texas maps, and the presentation will be filled with plenty of fascinating visuals. The series is a bi-monthly lunchtime lecture series that brings top experts on history and culture topics directly to Brenham for live appearances. The museum focuses on topics that are compelling and wide-ranging.

James Harkins is the Director of Public Services for the Texas General Land Office Archives and Records Program. With undergraduate and Master’s degrees from Texas State University in San Marcos, and professional credentials such as Certified Archivist, James is well qualified for his management position, but the passion that drives his work at GLO is the history. He has worked for the Land Office since May of 2005, and manages the Save Texas History program. That name, of course, represents much of what the GLO has become. The state’s oldest agency, established by the Republic of Texas in 1836, has a collection of 36 million documents. Preserved within that number is one of the most unique collections in the nation — over 45,000 maps, sketches, and drawings documenting the surveying and mapping of Texas boundaries and land ownership dating back to the 16th century and Spanish rule.

The sponsor of the lecture series is longtime Brenham resident and BHM board member Seth McMeans, and the lectures bear his name. The McMeans Family roots go back several generations in Brenham and Burton, and he is pleased to give generous financial support to ramp up the museum’s programming. McMeans is underwriting a total of six speakers for 2022. The lectures are held the fourth Monday of every other month from noon to 1PM, and attendees are encouraged to have lunch and enjoy learning about our history and culture.

Box lunches are offered via a partnership with Must Be Heaven. They must be reserved in advance, no later than noon on the Thursday prior to the lecture. Those interested in ordering a box lunch should call 979.830.8445. Attendees are also welcome to bring their own lunch to the venue.

The Seth McMeans Lecture Series is free to all BHM members and only $5 for all others. Since museum memberships are very affordable, that provides the lowest cost option. A reserved lunch is $10.
The first lecture in the series was filled to capacity, and the museum staff is hopeful that will be the case for the entire year. Other outstanding speakers are booked for July and September, and there will be a history speaker at the museum’s annual meeting in November. The museum’s website at and their social media will provide more information and updates on the lectures and other events.

For more information, or to donate to the Brenham Heritage Museum during their important capital campaign, please visit the website at You may also email BHM at or call 979.551.3750.

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