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    New Frontiers

    National Association for Interpretation | Region 6

    Grapevine, Texas | February 25 – 28, 2018

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    We look forward to sharing the interpretive controversies, challenges, and achievements of this ever-changing region of Texas. In 1995, the Texas congress ex- pressed its admiration for the nine-banded armadillo, which first pushed the bounda- ries of its frontier over 150 years ago. We think it says much about how we view the pi- oneering spirit, wherever it may arise. We hope you return to your home sites with a little armadillo in you and a lot of new ideas for exploring your own frontiers.

    WHEREAS…the armadillo is a hardy, pioneering creature that chose to begin migrating here at about the time that Texas became a state; and

    WHEREAS, the armadillo possesses many remarkable and unique traits, some of which parallel the attributes that distinguish a true Texan, such as a deep respect and need for the land, the ability to change and adapt, and a fierce undying love for freedom; and

    WHEREAS, as proud and indomitable as the state from which [it hails]…the armadillo will serve as [a fitting symbol] of Texas’ unique heritage; now, therefore, be it

    RESOLVED, that the 74 th

    Legislature of the State of Texas herby designate the… armadillo the official Small State Mammal of Texas.


    Lisa Cole and Elizabeth Bittner Workshop Chairs



    WORKSHOP COMMITTEE Chairs Elizabeth Bittner & Lisa Cole

    Registration Liz Palfini

    Program Katie Raney, Tara Humphreys, Alisa Kozlowski

    Off-Site Sessions Pam Tooley, Danielle Bradley, Linda Dunn

    Logistics Danielle Bradley

    Hospitality Elizabeth Garzone

    Scholarship Auction Lori Spencer

    Volunteers Hannah Buschert, Diana Moy, Holly Platz

    Interpreters Quiz Clark Hancock, Jerrel Geisler

    Special Thanks to Cassie Cox, Shelley DuPuy, Chris Pistole,

    TPWD Buffalo Soldiers, Mel Zabecki Harvey

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    Sunday, February 25 12:15pm - 5:45pm Pre-conference field trip to

    Fort Worth Stockyards 3:00pm - 6:00pm Registration & Auction item

    drop off at Grapevine Con- vention Center (GCC)

    3:00pm – 5:00pm Region 6 Board Meeting at GCC 7:00pm - 10:00pm Opening reception at Palace Arts Center 10:00pm – 12:00am Hospitality Room Open

    Monday, February 26 7:00am Registration Open 8:00am Welcoming Remarks Presentation of the Colors 8:15am Opening Speaker: Walt Davis 9:30am – 10:30am Concurrent Session I 10:45am – 11:45am Concurrent Session II 12:00pm – 1:15pm Lunch & Business Meeting 1:30pm – 2:30pm Concurrent Session III 2:45pm – 3:45pm Concurrent Session IV 3:45pm—4:30pm TPWD Agency Meeting 6:15pm Shuttle to CR Smith Museum


    6:30pm - 9:30pm Silent and Live Scholarship Auction at CR Smith Museum 9:30pm-12:00am Hospitality Room Open

    Tuesday, February 27 All day Off-site sessions 6:00pm - 10:00pm Texas movie night | Interp-O-Lympics at the Palace Arts Center 9:00pm – 12:00am Hospitality Room Open

    Wednesday, February 28 7:00am Registration Open 8:00am – 9:00am Concurrent Session V 9:15am – 10:15am Concurrent Session VI 10:30am – 11:30am Keynote Speaker: Lance Tahmahkera 11:45am – 12:45pm Lunch 1:15pm-2:15pm Brian Barnette All-American

    Interpreters Quiz Visit with exhibitors

    2:30pm – 3:30pm Concurrent Session VII 3:45pm – 4:45pm Concurrent Session VIII 6:30pm – 9:00pm Awards Banquet at GCC

    Post awards acoustic guitar performance and sing-along

    9:00pm – 12:00am Hospitality Room Open

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    Opening Speaker Walt Davis

    Walt Davis began his career as a summer intern at

    the Dallas Museum of Natural History in 1959. After a

    brief time at the Houston Museum of Natural

    Science, Davis returned to the Dallas museum where

    he worked as exhibits curator and assistant director

    for 25 years before becoming director of the

    Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum in Canyon,

    Texas and retiring in 2004. He has consulted with

    many Texas museums including the Bullock Texas

    History Museum, Old Jail Art Museum and Witte

    Museum. Now retired, he lives in Campbell, Texas

    with his wife, Isabel. After retirement, the couple set

    out to circumnavigate the Lone Star State and wrote

    about that experience in the book Exploring the

    Edges of Texas. In 2016 he published a history of the

    Dallas Museum of Natural History entitled An Ark for

    Texas: The Evolution of a Natural History Museum.

    Keynote Speaker Lance Tahmahkera

    Born and raised in Fort Worth, Lance Tahmahkera

    has been with Texas Health Harris Methodist Fort

    Worth for the past 39 years and is currently the

    Imaging Department Manager at TH Harris

    Methodist Outpatient Center – Burleson. He is a

    great-great grandson of Comanche Chief Quanah

    Parker. With his parents staying close to the

    Comanche traditions, much of his youth was spent

    at pow-wows and learning stories of ancestors and

    the tribal ways. For the past 25 years, he’s been

    asked to share these family stories with various

    schools/universities, historical groups, and

    organizations. The stories shared vary from the ori-

    gins of the tribe, life on the plains and reservation,

    Cynthia Ann and Quanah Parker to current day


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    Find the registration table in the lobby of the

    Grapevine Convention Center on Sunday

    afternoon, Monday, and Wednesday.

    Getting Around Grapevine

    Most workshop activities will take place at the

    Grapevine Convention Center, which is located

    0.3 miles north of the main hotel, the Comfort

    Inn. The convention center’s address is 1209 S

    Main Street. The convention center

    features ample free parking.

    The opening reception on Sunday night and

    Tuesday night’s activities take place at the

    Palace Arts Center, located 1.1 miles north of

    the Comfort Inn in downtown Grapevine. Free

    parking is available behind the Palace Arts Cen-

    ter, just west of Main Street. The center’s ad-

    dress is 300 N Main Street.

    Scholarship Auction

    Thank you for supporting students! Please limit

    your scholarship auction donations to no more

    than four items. On Monday night, you’ll have

    the opportunity to bid in both silent and live

    auctions for a wide range of items, including

    books, interpretive supplies, arts and crafts ma-

    terials, experiences, and much more.

    The scholarship auction will be held at the one-

    of-a-kind CR Smith Museum – don’t miss it!


    We’re fortunate to have several exhibitors and

    vendors on hand on Monday and Wednesday.

    Please make sure to visit with these workshop

    supporters and find out how they can advance

    interpretation at your site.


    On Tuesday night, try out your improvisational

    interpretive skills with the Interp-Olympics

    competition, similar to Battledecks or PowerPoint

    karaoke. Teams of three to five members will

    have a topic and be given ten slides to give an

    off-the-cuff presentation. As we all know, good

    interpreters need to think on their feet, so

    the teams will not see the slides before they start.

    You can sign-up for a team and a topic at the

    Registration table at the GCC.

    Brian Barnette All-American

    Interpreters Quiz

    Named in memory of a great naturalist, inter-

    preter, and Region 6er, the Brian Barnette All-

    American Interpreter’s Quiz is a fun competition

    we hold every year. The quiz aims to provoke

    new and veteran interpreters to learn, share, and

    connect by answering specific questions related

    to our natural and cultural heritage. This year’s

    quiz will have segments related to the

    interpretive profession, natural sciences, and a bit

    of cultural whimsy. The top scorer is honored at

    the awards banquet and each state’s highest

    scorer will also be recognized. You are invited to

    participate in this fun and challenging experi-


    Hospitality Room Socialize with fellow workshop attendees at the

    Hospitality Room, located in the Mustang Room

    at the Comfort Inn, open after each evening’s ac-

    tivities have concluded. Some food and drinks

    provided, but please bring your own treats and

    libations to share.

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    G R A P E V I N E C O N V E N T I O N

    C E N T E R L A Y O U T

    12:15pm - 5:45pm Pre-conference Field Trip | Pre-registration Required Fort Worth Stockyards Meet: Comfort Inn Lobby

    3:00pm - 6:00pm Registration Open | Auction item drop-off

    Location: Grap