Campus News 2011

For Immediate Release
October 12, 2011

Author, Photojournalist to speak at Schreiner Mansion Oct. 18

Local author Rhonda Lashley Lopez will share lessons and observations from her new documentary book of photographs and oral histories “Don’t Make Me Go to Town: Ranchwomen of the Texas Hill Country,” 5-7 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 18, at Schreiner University’s Schreiner Mansion Historic Site and Education Center, 226 Earl Garrett St., in Kerrville. This casual, after-work event includes refreshments.

A San Antonio Express review called Lopez’ book, published by the University of Texas Press, a “beautiful new testament to female fortitude that redefines the old saw ‘labor of love.’” The author is a working journalist and a former adjunct journalism instructor at Schreiner University.
An exhibit of photographs from the book and from the University’s Logan Library Hill Country Collection will accompany the discussion. The exhibit will run until Thursday, Oct. 20. The Schreiner mansion’s regular hours for the public are 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m., Thursday, Friday and Saturday. The mansion will add special hours 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 19, for exhibit viewing.

“I'm very excited that Schreiner University is showing the ranchwomen project in Kerrville, an historic hub for Hill Country ranching, and the town where several of the women in my book grew up or did business,” Lopez said. “The ranching way of life has been changing and fading during the past decades, and I'm happy to have had the opportunity to meet some remarkable women ranchers who love what they do and work hard to hold on to their way of life.”

Lashley will sign copies of her book, which will be available for sale after the discussion.

This event and the exhibit are free and open to the public, but seating is limited. Reservations are required for the Oct. 18 book presentation on the second floor of the mansion. The exhibit of photos and artifacts will be available on the first floor. Reservations for only viewing the exhibit are not required. To reserve a seat for the presentation, call or leave a message at 830-896-8633. Because the Schreiner Mansion is an historic space, no elevator is available.

For more information about this event, e-mail Kat Walker, director of instructional technology, at or call 830-792-7353.

For more information about Schreiner’s Hill Country Collection of archival material, visit the website at

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