The Remnant Trust is an organization that makes rare and ancient documents available to universities for professors and students to use. Through collaboration with WTAMU, the Panhandle Plains Historical Museum and the hard work of dedicated individuals, 60 parts of this 1,200-piece collection have been available for use by the students, faculty and members of the community for the past three fall semesters.
Each fall, three lectures are given using the works in the Remnant Trust collection. This year’s theme has to do with leadership and the presidency because the elections are so near. All of the lectures have dates before the start of the elections. The first of these lectures will be given by Professor David Baum on Thursday, Sept. 13. He will lecture over “The Machiavellian Movement: the Renaissance, the Founders, and the American Presidency.”
Baum is the Remnant Trust representative at WT and coordinates everything from which books are on display to those who speak at the lectures and the theme. Baum said there is one theme for the lectures but the speakers choose their own topics.
The second lecture will be given on Tuesday, Oct. 16 by Dr. John Agresto, former President of St. John’s college. He will be speaking over “What do Philosophy and Poetry have to do with being President – the Case of Abraham Lincoln.” The man coordinating everything at the PPHM is Warren Stricker. He said the Remnant Trust being at the PPHM and the lectures draw a good response from the community.
These lectures have gotten a good response from students also. Heather Knowles, a History graduate student said they are “very educational” and “students other than History majors should go.”
The final lecture will be given on Oct. 25 by WT President J. Patrick O’Brien. The full title of his lecture is still to be announced. All three lectures will be given in the Derrick Room of the PPHM and there will be a meet-and-greet before the lectures begin. The lectures will all start at 5:30 p.m.