Texas Lakes Trail Region

Participant in the Texas Historical Commission's
Texas Heritage Trails Program

Arlington TX: Frontier Odyssey: The Lives of Cynthia Ann and Quanah Parker

April 17, 2014 (All day) to May 30, 2014 (All day)
The Story of Cynthia Ann and Quanah Parker

Pulitzer Prize winner Glenn Frankel, author of the recent bestseller, “The Searchers: The Making of an American Legend,” will take part in a two-day symposium on Cynthia Ann and Quanah Parker. The symposium will take place on two consecutive days, April 17-18, in the Sixth Floor Parlor of the Main Library. On Thursday, April 17, at 12:30 p.m., F. Todd Smith (University of North Texas), Joaquín Rivaya-Martínez (Texas State University), and Todd Kerstetter (Texas Christian University) will examine the lives of Cynthia Ann Parker and Quanah Parker in the larger context of nineteenth century Comanche-Anglo relations. On Friday, April 18, at 1 p.m., Frankel, Randi Tanglen (Austin College), and Dustin Tahmahkera (Southwestern University) will examine the ways in which these events have been portrayed in popular culture, focusing on the captivity narrative in American literature and film. Professor Frankel, who is chair of the School of Journalism at the University of Texas at Austin, will also discuss his book, a history of the Parker Raid in 1836 and its development as an iconic western by director John Ford featuring John Wayne, at a Friends of the Library meeting at 7:30 p.m. that evening. All events will be free and open to the public.

In conjunction with the symposium, the Center will bring to campus the photographic exhibit, “The Story of Cynthia Ann and Quanah Parker,” a collection of 45 photographs on loan from the Texas Lakes Trail Heritage Program, and will be held in the Library Parlor from April to May, 2014.


  • UT-Arlington Central Library
  • 702 Planetarium Dr.
  • 6th Floor Parlor & Atrium
  • Arlington TX, Texas
  • 76019



  • Free

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