Contact: Jenni Smith
SMU News & Media Relations
(214) 768-7650


November 26, 2001


DALLAS (SMU) -- Southern Methodist University’s Friends of the SMU Libraries is sponsoring a holiday luncheon and program featuring author and playwright Neila Petrick who will discuss early Texas history through the eyes of the pioneer woman Jane Long, about whom the author has written a biographical novel. The program will be at noon Tuesday, Dec. 4, at the Royal Oaks Country Club, 3915 Greenville Ave.

“Jane Long’s Christmases Past: An Early Texan’s Story of Survival and Triumph” is a program that will recount Christmas celebrations in early Texas from the perspective of the educated pioneer woman whose move from Natchez, Miss., to the Texas coast and finally to the Texas land grants of Stephen F. Austin put her squarely in the middle of the early history of the Lone Star State. Whether farming the land, spying for the rebels or running the historic Brazoria Inn boarding house, Long contributed to the growth and independence of the state, and helped establish churches, health care, schools and housing along the way.

Tickets for the lecture and luncheon are $25. Reservations are required before Nov. 30. For more information, contact Judy Searles at 214-768-3225.