Professor Emeritus of English
1603 Moreland Drive
Sherman, TX 75090
Jerry Bryan Lincecum is a sixth-generation Texan who earned his B.A. in English at Texas A&M University. As a Woodrow Wilson Fellow, he completed M.A. and Ph.D. degrees at Duke University. He joined the faculty at Austin College in 1967 and earned accolades for his teaching and writing, retiring in 2006 as professor emeritus of English. As a folklorist and specialist in Texas and Southwestern literature and history, he remains active in scholarship and also in teaching classes for out-of-school adults, which have resulted in the publication of over thirty volumes of memoirs by local writers. Dr. Lincecum has served as president of the Texas Folklore Society and received the Silver Certificate of Merit by the Daughters of the Republic of Texas, the Ottis Lock Award for the Best Book on East Texas, and the Miss Ima Hogg Historical Achievement Award.
One of Texas's foremost early naturalists, Dr. Gideon Lincecum, will appear before you to talk about the flora, fauna, people, and cultures he found in Texas when he spent more than six months exploring the territory in 1835. He will tell interesting stories about this wonderful excursion that he wrote in his autobiography. In 1848, he returned to settle in Washington County, near Brenham, with his extended family, including ten grown children who had families of their own.
As a renowned practitioner of botanical medicine, Dr. Gideon Lincecum was an astute observer and commentator on the wide range of systems of medicine practiced in nineteenth-century Texas. Several of his sons and grandsons also practiced medicine. This Chautauqua-style lecture will present Dr. Gideon telling you about allopathic vs. botanical medicine, including examples of specific cases and treatments described in his writings.
For more than twenty years, Dr. Jerry Lincecum has taught classes for out-of-school adults in writing life stories and family histories. He will provide free copies of a workbook for all who attend this lecture. His exercises to generate topics and build confidence in writers have produced thousands of stories and led to the publication of ten anthologies as well as dozens of books of stories written by individual class members.