Seventh grade students at Brook Hill were privileged to receive a visit by the author and historian, Jack K. Selden. Before leaving Mr. Selden presented Brook Hill with an autographed copy of his book, Return, The Parker Story.
Mr. Selden, who lives in Palestine, Texas, is a freelance writer who has also contributed to publications like Texas Highways, Texas Star, Southwestern Art, and Texas newspapers. His interest in the Parkers springs from his marriage to Gloria McCracken whose mother was a member of the Parker family. Mr. Selden’s book provides a new enlarged view of the people and events surrounding the story of Cynthia Ann Parker and her son Quanah as it traces how the family returns together after years of separation. His book is a major addition to our understanding of the shaping of Texas and the southwest.
The seventh graders were especially interested in Mr. Selden’s remarks after reading a novel about Cynthia Ann and her son Quanah as part of their study of Texas history. Because of his knowledge of Indians and early Texas, Mr. Selden was able to separate fact from fiction for the students.
What a unique opportunity for our students to spend time with a real-life historian and writer, especially one who is an expert in the very subject they are studying!