Rockwall Historical Foundation Lecture Series
February 14 | “Water”
Tom Kula has served as the Executive Director of the North Texas Municipal Water District for more than 5 years. He is a graduate of West Point with a degree in Civil Engineering. Tom served 32 years in the U.S. Army and retired as a Brigadier General. Tom will provide an overview of the District’s history of providing water in a state that has only one natural lake and give an update on major water projects underway to continue supplying this fast-growing region with water for our future.
March 13 | “Our Vanishing History: How Neighborhoods Transition or Die”
Rockwall resident Sol Villasana is a fifth generation Texan, lawyer, and published author. His interest in history led him to write his 2011 book, “Dallas’s Little Mexico,” about the city’s oldest and largest Mexican American neighborhood. Sol will discuss how distinct, urban neighborhoods are vulnerable to unchecked development and some possible ways to help these neighborhoods transition rather than be totally destroyed. Sol served as an officer and member of the board of Rockwall County Helping Hands and is president-elect of the Rockwall County Bar Association.
April 10 | “Rockwall County Courthouses 1873 and Beyond”
Jerry Wimpee is a 7th generation Texan and has lived his life in Rockwall County Texas. He began his 48-year public service career with the city of Dallas Parks Department. During his 28 years with the city he served as Assistant to the Director, Assistant Director of the Zoo and Aquarium, General Manager of Operations at Fair Park, Park Superintendent of Lakes Division, and Chief of the Park Police. Additionally, Jerry has also served as a Rockwall County Commissioner for 20 years.
Location: Historic Courthouse in Downtown Rockwall
The Sheri Stodghill Lecture Series (formerly called Brown Bag Lecture Series) presents programs of historical interest All programs are from noon until 1 p.m. in the second floor courtroom at the historic courthouse in downtown Rockwall. Guests are invited to bring a lunch to enjoy as they listen to programs that address topics related to Rockwall history.
Lectures are free and open to the public. Guests are invited to bring a lunch to enjoy as they listen to programs that address topics related to Rockwall history.