Abilene, Texas, is a place that can’t help but conjure up images in our minds of the Old West. Gunslingers, Comanches, Mexican bandits and weary lawmen are all easily imagined occupying the dusty streets of this frontier place. While the images belong to a fading past, their powerful hold over the American mind continues to this day. So, it must be surprising when visitors encounter the West Texas city for the first time and discover a thriving university, a strong arts community and well-funded library supported by passionate people.
On Monday, April 22, I will have the opportunity to meet with these passionate people who contribute so much to the richness to their community as Living Witness: Historic Trees of Texas makes its debut with the Friends of the Abilene Library at 202 Cedar St. The talk/signing will be held at noon. As usual, the biggest thrill will be to learn the stories of the West Texas trees, especially the huge oaks in nearby Buffalo Gap, to my list of trees for volume two.
Please join us at the Abilene Public Library on April 22 as we work to preserve our natural wonders and our unique culture in a place that has contributed greatly to creating it.
To learn about how you can support the library, visit their website.