Bill O'Neal

SovereignSon

Panola College in Carthage, Texas, will open its first large-scale exhibit Wednesday. 

The exhibit, “Spirited: Prohibition in America,” is organized by the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia and made possible through the National Endowment for the Humanities’ On the Road Initiative.

Panola’s library services director Cristie Ferguson says the exhibit came in 21 crates, and many people at the college had a hand in setting it up. They cleared almost the entire first floor of Panola's M.P. Baker Library to make room for it.

The State Historian of Texas, Bill O’Neal of Carthage, will lead a three-hour history conference Saturday titled "Gunfights and Blood Feuds of Old East Texas." O’Neal has written numerous books on frontier violence and he finds that there’s broad appeal, from the Regulator-Moderator War to the murderous bank robbery in Longview by the Dalton Gang. He wants conference goers to learn how the dust finally settled.

Panola College

Retired Panola College history instructor Bill O'Neal will serve a two-year term. He was sworn in this week by Texas Gov. Rick Perry. O'Neal will crisscross the state attending historical meetings and speaking to groups as the state historian. He calls it a "dream job."