Offices Closed for Thanksgiving Holiday: All county offices will be closed on Thursday, Nov. 22, and Friday, Nov. 23, for the holiday. This includes parks offices, public works, courts and all other administrative offices. Offices will re-open Monday, Nov. 26.

The Historical Commission's Speakers Bureau

The Collin County Historical Commission sponsors a Speakers Bureau to help organizations and individuals find subject matter experts and authors to speak at meetings and workshops.

The speakers' information below is provided to us by the speakers, and is subject to change.

You do not have to be a Collin County resident to be included on the Speakers Bureau. If you are interested in being added as a speaker, please contact

NOTE: Please contact individual speakers directly regarding any appearance fees that may be charged.

Available speakers include:

Speaker & Contact Info Topics

Alfred Arias

(469) 406-4840

Teaching children about Archaeology with a hands-on learning approach

Using technology to further historical preservation

Hidden Collin County history

James "Rusty" Brenner

(214) 686-0014

Tombstone preservation

Cemetery mapping/burial databases

Ground penetrating radar

Monument condition assessment

Robin Cole-Jett

(214) 404-3459

Ghost towns (of the Red River Valley)

Cattle trails

Bonnie & Clyde

Hunt for the Red River

The Great Bend of the Red River

Railroads along the Red River Valley

Red River architecture

Deborah Kilgore

(972) 955-5783

The real story of Sheriff Read's hanging

109 North Kentucky Street: the life of a historic building

Red Cross in Collin County during WWI

McKinney's forgotten WWI memorials

Princeton migrant labor camp

Old Settler's Park

Collin County's first federal building

Museum advocacy

Five essential documents for your museum

Beverly Lenoir, Ph.D.

(325) 665-7515

​The story of her great-great-grandmother, Maria Seitz Reich, and her trip to Northeast Texas in 1850

Telling your family stories

Eric Nishimoto

(214) 686-0152

Collin McKinney (legendary Texas statesman, drafter of TX Declaration of Independence, and namesake for a county and county seat)

442nd Regimental Combat Team (segregated all Japanese American unit in WWII, and the most decorated unit in American history)

Becky Villareal

(214) 335-1852 

Organizing family history night events

How to engage children in family history

Thinking outside the toybox

Combining your writing with your research

Ari Wilkins

(214) 886-5070

Black and white Southern families in plantation records

Mysterious relatives

Getting the most bang for your buck out of the library

Funeral home collections

Organizing and identifying photograph collections

Using apprentice records to trace free people of color

Records of the Freedman's Bureau

Karen Zupanic

(972) 569-6909

​The Heard legacy

Texas Regional Art Collection

Creating a family history board game