Starting with Monday, March 25th, we are hosting the first program in a series called “Mondays at the Museum.” These programs will be given on the last Monday of each month at 6:30 p.m. and will feature a variety of speakers and subjects of local interest. There is no cost to attend the programs, and light refreshments will be provided this month by Hudson’s Grocery. The speaker we have scheduled to come on the 25th is Walter Hinojosa, who will be giving a lecture on Irish Immigration in Arkansas. It should prove to be a very interesting evening, and we look forward to seeing all of you there!
Walter Hinojosa A native Houstonian of Hispanic and Irish descent, Walter earned his B.S. degree at the University of North Texas and his Master’s degree from Northern Arizona University, both in Political Science. As an educator, he taught in the public schools in Houston and in the Houston-area Community Colleges. His early teaching career was highlighted by being selected the Outstanding Young Educator for the city of Houston in 1981. During this first teaching stint, Walter became committed to teacher union movement, leaving the classroom to become the Legislative Director for the state teacher’s union. After a decade with the teacher’s group, he was promoted to be the Legislative and Political Director for the Texas AFL-CIO. In 2006, Walter retired from the Texas AFL-CIO and returned to the classroom where he became the Adjunct Professor of Politics at St. Edwards University in Austin, Texas. Walter and his wife Sally moved to one of the lakes in Bella Vista, Arkansas in 2008 where he continues teaching American Government at Northwest Arkansas Community College. Walter’s interests in his heritage have led him to do extensive research on both Hispanic Texas and his Irish roots (from County Mayo in the west of Ireland and Carrick Fergus in the north of Ireland). He has travelled twice to Ireland and is busy planning a third trip to the Green Isle! He has presented lectures on Irish Immigration to America. Walter and his wife, Sally, have four grown children and seven grandchildren and share an interest in gardening, reading and travelling (mostly to visit kids and grandkids scattered between Texas, Colorado and Arkansas!). For a number of years, Sally and Walter foster-parented large sibling groups in Texas and infants in Arkansas. Sally is an accomplished artist.