The Witte Museum, in partnership with Texas Monthly, announces the 2013 Texas Trailblazers Luncheon, presented by PlainsCapital Bank, on Wednesday, June 5, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. at Pearl Stable, 307 Pearl Parkway, San Antonio, Texas. Honoring the natural beauty and history of Texas and celebrating author Stephen Harrigan and his new book, The Eye of the Mammoth: Selected Essays, this special luncheon benefits the Witte Museum and features a conversation between Stephen Harrigan, writer-at-large for Texas Monthly, and Texas Monthly executive editor Mimi Swartz.
Sponsorship tables are available at the Spirit of South Texas Level for $10,000 (Sold Out), Pioneer Level for $5,000, Explorer Level for $2,500 and the Naturalist Level for $1,500. Individual tickets are available for $100 each.
For 86 years, the Witte Museum has celebrated the natural history and history of South Texasthrough its exhibitions, educational programs and most recently with the opening of the new Robert J. and Helen C. Kleberg South Texas Heritage Center. The Witte will soon embark on a complete renovation of its beloved Texas Wild, Dinosaur and People of the Pecos exhibitions. Join this opportunity to revel in the varied beauty that makes up the great state of Texas and celebrate the natural history that impacts what it means to be a Texan, from prehistoric to present day.
In four decades of writing for magazines ranging from Texas Monthly to the Atlantic, American History and Travel Holiday, Stephen Harrigan has established himself as one of America’s most thoughtful writers. His career-spanning anthology, The Eye of the Mammoth: Selected Essays, gathers essays from two previous books—A Natural State and Comanche Midnight—as well as previously uncollected work. Readers finally have a comprehensive collection of Harrigan’s best non-fiction. From the book’s foreword by Nicholas Lemann, former dean, Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism: “In the early years of Texas Monthly, Harrigan wrote about just about everything, but he was the primary holder of the nature account, and a good portion of this work is reproduced here. One could argue that the natural world is unaware of state boundaries, but in retrospect Harrigan was using natural subjects partly as a way of working out the question of Texas identity . . . And, in his customary calm, clear, lyrical voice, he always found a way to communicate his profound fascination with and love of his home state without ever venturing into boosterism. Padre Island doesn’t have to be the Amalfi Coast for us to treasure it, or for us to be able to understand it as an aspect of who we are.”
Mimi Swartz is an executive editor of Texas Monthly. In 1996 she was a finalist for two National Magazine Awards and won in the public interest category. She was also a National Magazine Award finalist for her November 2005 issue story on tort reform and recently won the Award for her August 2012 cover story on women’s health. She also won the 2006 John Bartlow Martin Award for Public Interest. Over the years, Swartz’s work has appeared in Vanity Fair, Esquire, Slate, the New Yorker, National Geographic and the New York Times op-ed page and Sunday magazine. She is co-author of a book about the collapse of Enron and been included in the Best American Political Writing 2006 and Best American Sports Writing 2007. Swartz grew up in San Antonio and currently lives in Houston.