Anyone interested in the people’s history of Bee County and the surrounding area is invited. The informal portion of the meeting will began at 5:30 p.m. at the Barnhart Bee County Library on Tuesday, April 24. The program will start at 6 o’clock.
Professor Villarreal grew up near Pawnee living at different times on both sides of the Bee and Karnes boundary line. He is the seventh and last child of Mexican immigrants who moved separately to Texas from near Monterrey before World War I. They first lived in the small community of Monteola in Bee County, then in El Oso, Karnes County, before moving back to Bee County near Pawnee in 1958. Dr. Villarreal was the first in his family to attend a partially integrated school of both Hispanic and Anglo students.
The program format will be that of an interview with Dr. John Brockman, retired president of Coastal Bend College, asking Dr. Villarreal questions about his life. Villarreal and Brockman worked together at Bee County College during the 1970s and have maintained their friendship since that time. Following the interview, questions from the audience will be entertained.