Mayborn Museum Director’s Forum Lecture Series Focuses on Cotton Industry

Jan. 29, 2016

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WACO, Texas (Feb. 1, 2016) – Watson C. Arnold, M.D., Ph.D., will be the guest lecturer for Baylor University’s Mayborn Museum Complex Director’s Forum Lecture Series on Feb. 4-5.

For more than 100 years, the cotton industry dictated the culture and economy of the South. Arnold’s lectures will be about the lives of cotton farmers, whose livelihoods were tied to the cycles of the cotton crop.

Arnold will give three lectures. “The Rise of Cotton” will occur at 10:30 a.m. and “The Empire of Cotton” at 2 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 4. “The Fall of King Cotton” will take place at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Feb. 5. All lectures will be in the theater of Mayborn Museum Complex.

“We are pleased to have Dr. Watson Arnold join us for the first annual Director’s Forum Lecture Series. His rendition of the history of cotton in Texas will not only contribute to, but expand upon the storyline of our Governor Bill and Cara Daniel Historic Village,” said Rebecca Tucker Nall, assistant director of communication at Mayborn Museum Complex.

Each lecture includes a Q-and-A session and a walk-through in Governor Bill and Vara Daniel’s Historic Village.

This event is free and open to the public, but reservations are required. Reservations must be made by Tuesday, Feb. 2, in order to attend. The Mayborn Museum Complex is located at 1300 S. University Parks Drive and is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays, until 8 p.m. Thursdays and from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sundays.

For more information, contact Rebecca Tucker Nall or call the Mayborn Museum Complex at 254-710-1733.

by Bethany Harper, student newswriter, (254) 710-6805


Baylor University is a private Christian University and a nationally ranked research institution. The University provides a vibrant campus community for more than 16,000 students by blending interdisciplinary research with an international reputation for educational excellence and a faculty commitment to teaching and scholarship. Chartered in 1845 by the Republic of Texas through the efforts of Baptist pioneers, Baylor is the oldest continually operating University in Texas. Located in Waco, Baylor welcomes students from all 50 states and more than 80 countries to study a broad range of degrees among its 12 nationally recognized academic divisions.


Located on the Baylor University campus, the Mayborn Museum Complex features a natural science and cultural history museum focusing on Central Texas with walk-in dioramas, including one on the Waco Mammoth Site, and exploration stations for geology, paleontology, archaeology, and natural history. In addition, 17 themed discovery rooms encourage hands-on learning for all ages.

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