Allen TX – Honoring the Choctaw

For centuries, the Choctaw pursued peaceful agricultural endeavors in the southeastern United States.

The Choctaw tribe contributed soldiers to the U.S. in every major war since the Northwest Indian War (1785-1795) and the War of 1812. Choctaw Code Talkers provided crucial intelligence by communicating in the Choctaw language during World War I and World War II, dumbfounding the enemy.

Deemed one of the five “Civilized Tribes” because they adopted many colonial practices, including many converting to Christianity, the Choctaw were forcibly relocated to Indian Territory in 1830 by the Treaty of Dancing Rabbit Creek.

Representing the Choctaw nation, Ryan Spring discusses the History of the Choctaw up to the Trail of Tears at the Allen Public Library.

A GIS/GPS specialist for the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma Historic Preservation Department, Spring received his bachelor’s in anthropology from the University of Arkansas in 2011. He was hired by the tribe to implement GIS (Geographic Information System) and GPS (Global Positioning System) technology to aid in protecting sites important to the Choctaw people, creating cultural maps for education, and conducting Choctaw cultural presentations, research and advisement.

“Being a member of the Choctaw Nation means I have the duty to respect my ancestors, do my best to aid my family and tribe, and to make the future culturally and environmentally sustainable for future generations of Choctaw people,” Spring said.

Spring is enrolled at Southeastern Oklahoma State University to earn his master’s in Native American Leadership. He enjoys playing Choctaw stickball for the Choctaw Nation’s stickball team as well as helping coach stickball to youth and adults in his community.

The Wild West and the Texas Rangers

Popularized by Hollywood films, dime novels and Texas history aficionados, the clever strategies and bigger-than-life perseverance led to the Texas Rangers’ recognition as the most respected law enforcement unit in American history. Learn more about the early history of the Texas Rangers with Dr. Michael Collins. Sponsored by Bach to Books, this program is free. The event will be in the Allen Public Library July 25.

Allen June Film Series

Take a break from the summer heat every Tuesday night in June with Allen’s Marvelous Summer Adventures Movie Series at the Library. Bring the family every week to enjoy a fun and action-packed superhero movie. For more information, call 214.509.4900 or visit

Stevie Ray Vaughan biographer Craig Hopkins at Allen library

Stevie Ray Vaughan biographer Craig Hopkins discusses his newly-released book Stevie Ray Vaughan: Day by Day, Night After Night His Early Years.

Through exhaustive research and interviews with family and colleagues, Hopkins compiled a thorough biography of Vaughn’s complex but short life. Capturing the lightening spirit of Stevie Ray Vaughan in words is not entirely possible but Hopkins succeeds in providing a scholarly attempt to document the life an icon whose legend is eternal.
You can learn more about Mr. Hopkins book here –

What I say …




Genealogist Lloyd Bockstruck at Allen Public Library

Genealogist Lloyd Bockstruck discusses genealogical trends and methodologies at Allen Public Library Monday, July 26, 2010, 300 N. Allen Dr.

The event was sponsored by the Friends of the Allen Public Library’s Bach to Books Cultural Art Series and the Allen Senior Genealogy Club.

After a deathbed request from my mother to place a marker on her father’s grave, I pursued genealogy. A U.S. Army veteran, my grandfather died from injuries sustained in World War One. Unfortunately, my mother did not know where he was buried. The Dallas Public Library’s Genealogy section taught me how to research death and burial records which eventually led me to his grave site. That discovery inspired me to continue to learn more about my ancestors, a quest that ultimately led me as back as the Holy Roman Empire.

Genealogy is the study of family ancestries or histories and can lead to discovering fascinating stories. For example, if your ancestor was a Hessian soldier paid by the British to fight the American colonists, you might unearth some previously unknown facts. You may discover how your family members originated from Pennsylvania, which had a large population of German-Americans at that time, and how many of these Hessians deserted the British and later fought for the Americans.

For some, genealogy helps honor ancestors, and for others, it provides a historical context to build your own story. Both proved true for me.

For over 30 years, Lloyd was manager of the Dallas Public Library’s genealogy section. Under his leadership, this section grew from a small collection to an impressive research library. In addition, he has authored seven monographs, including Virginia’s Colonial Soldiers (1988) and Bounty and Donation Land Grants in British Colonial America (2007). From 1993-2008, Lloyd wrote the Genealogy column for the Dallas Morning News. A graduate of Greenville College, he also has two master degrees, one in early European history and the other in library.

Richard Henry of the Allen Senior Genealogy Club declares, “Our club is very excited to have Mr. Bockstruck speak at our July meeting. He is admired for his knowledge of genealogy research and we are looking forward to his program.”

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