OLLI at UNT announces guided history tour ‘to walk in the footsteps of the Texas Revolution’

Wednesday, March 9, 2022 - 10:52

DENTON (UNT), Texas — Participants in the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the University of North Texas will have the opportunity to learn about the Texas Revolution through an immersive tour this June guided by one of the top scholars of the state’s history.

UNT Associate Professor Andrew Torget, who specializes in Texas history, announced the guided trip through the fight for state independence on March 2 in honor of Texas Independence Day. The four-night, five-day guided historical tour will take place June 12-16.

“OLLI at UNT is so excited to partner with Dr. Torget on this one-of-a-kind trip,” said Stephanie Reinke, director of OLLI at UNT. “Having our members travel with one of their favorite professors will provide such a meaningful learning experience. Dr. Torget knows how to bring Texas history to life in the classroom, so learning from him ‘on the road’ is an incredible opportunity for OLLI members.”

The trip, titled “Revolutionary Road: Exploring the Landscape of the Texas Revolution,” will lead participants through locations of significant historical value, including the Alamo, Mission San Jose, the Battle of Gonzales battleground, the storied San Fernando church, the site of the infamous Goliad Massacre, San Felipe de Austin and the San Jacinto battleground.

“It’s going to be a once-in-a-lifetime experience for me, and I hope for everybody who comes on the trip, to be able to walk in the footsteps of the Texas Revolution,” said Torget, whose books include the award-winning Seeds of Empire: Cotton, Slavery and the Transformation of the Texas Borderlands, 1800-1850.

Registration is limited to 50 people. However, anyone wanting a chance to participate can sign up for a waitlist. Participants must be members of OLLI. More information on the trip can be found here.

OLLI is a lifelong learning program that offers a combination of virtual and in-person non-credit courses and events designed by and for adults 50 and better. The program also will have a European tour tracing art crimes through the great museums of Europe, led by Laura Evans, an associate professor in the UNT College of Visual Arts and Design.

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