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Images of America: Ranger, Texas

Alfred Rogers, author of Images of America: Ranger, will speak and sign books at the W. K. Gordon Center on 17 October 2010. He will discuss the history of Ranger, Texas, while pointing out interesting aspects of the photographs that illustrate the book. The Sunday program begins at 2:30 pm and is free to the public.

Ranger is famous for the 1917 oil boom, but Rogers concentrates on the lives of the people who experienced the oil discovery, its prelude, and aftermath.  He utilized interviews from the Texas Oil Industry Project, in which the University of Texas sent out interviewers across the state to talk with people who had been involved in any way with the oil industry. They sought out drillers, wildcatters, oilfield workers, and speculators.  Their poignant memories were a rich resource for the author. Rogers shares vintage photographs of Ranger that present the colorful history of the town.

Alfred Rogers grew up in Ranger and has had a long-standing interest in the community.  He graduated from Ranger High School and then earned bachelors and masters degrees from the University of Texas, where he subsequently served as a librarian until retirement in 2008.  He began collecting postcards and other pictures of Ranger about thirty years ago.  When he began working on his book, he drew from his own collection as well as the resources of the Ranger Historical Preservation Society, the Dolph Briscoe Center for American History at the University of Texas, the Southwest Collection at Texas Tech, the DeGolyer Library at SMU, Special Collections at the University of Texas at Arlington, local museums, and collections of individuals.

For more information call the center at 254-968-1886.