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Courage & bravery on Texas frontier, library to host family historian


Have you ever wondered how to research, write or publish your family history? Edward Wright will discuss the process he and his wife, Shirley, used for their novel, Todo Santos, in a presentation and book signing at 6 pm, Thursday, May 3, at the Bandera County Public Library.

The historical fiction is based on the true story of two Scottish families who arrived at the seaside port of Indianola before settling in Frio County in 1850. This rousing novel features accounts of battles waged in South Texas during the Civil War, including the Nueces Battle, as well as tales of trail driving and the hardships faced by the families as they tamed the wild land for ranching amid Indian raids.

"In their novel, Todo Santos, the Wrights illustrate the courage and determination it took to settle the Texas frontier," said Rebecca Norton, executive director of the Frontier Times Museum. "Family histories are important to many of us in Bandera, and we're pleased to bring the Wrights here to assist others with telling their stories."

For the Wrights, family ranching stories and research into Scottish and Mexican American lifestyles gives the novel a historically accurate picture of the people and events of the time. The authors will discuss details of writing the book and how they conducted their research into the history of South Texas and Scotland.

Edward Wright, a graduate of Texas A&M and formerly of Laredo, spent 20 years writing the book, drawing on his Hill Country and South Texas roots.

Copies of Todo Santos are currently available for sale at the Frontier Times Museum gift shop. Copies will also be available for sale at the event for the authors to sign after the presentation. Sponsored by the Frontier Times Museum and the Bandera County Public Library, the event is free and open to the public.