Stephen F. Austin State University

Contemporary quilt art goes on display Tuesday at Stephen F. Austin State University. The 26 works by Texans were completed between 1993 and 2011. Sandra Sider is the consulting curator for the Texas Quilt Museum in LaGrange, Texas. She selected the quilts for this exhibition and said they demonstrate how contemporary quilt art has a rightful place as a visual art form.

Commentator Gary Borders describes a unique hour-long goodbye video at the Pines Theater in Lufkin. It was replete with Mr. Peanut, monkey business and movie candy, resulting in a one-of-a-kind memorial service for a beloved art professor.

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A research associate at the Center for Regional Heritage Research at Stephen F. Austin State University is wrapping up 3-D scanning and analysis of dozens of prehistoric Caddo artifacts that will be returned to the Caddo Nation this fall. At least 130 museums have human remains and funerary objects affiliated with the Caddo Nation of Oklahoma, according to its cultural preservation office.

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Researchers at Stephen F. Austin State University are tracing the roots of a cowhide trunk that could have belonged to Thomas J. Rusk, an early political and military figure in Texas. The trunk’s lid bears the initials TJR. It’s one item in a massive collection at Millard’s Crossing Historic Village. Executive director David Young said the trunk was purchased by Nacogdoches native Lera Millard Thomas who was a compulsive collector and an early preservationist. She created a living history village on her family’s land called Millard’s Crossing in the 1970s.

Nacogdoches, Texas-based employee development consultant Kent Hutchison will present a social media workshop on Aug. 2 to help workers in government agencies incorporate it into their departments. The presentation is part of Stephen F. Austin State University’s Texas Certified Public Manager program. Hutchison said city departments that use social media more fully embrace open government, and citizens should demand this communication.

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