Descendent of Comanche chief Quanah Parker to speak at museum

Victoria College’s John W. Stormont Lecture Series will present “Comanche Stories and Traditions with Lance Tahmahkera” at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 19 at the Museum of the Coastal Bend.

The event is free and open to the public.

Tahmahkera is a great-great grandson of Quanah Parker, who is considered the “Last Chief of the Comanche.” Tahmahkera’s parents continued many Comanche traditions, and much of his youth was spent at pow-wows where he heard family stories about ancestors and their tribal lifestyles.

“We are bringing in renowned scholars and subject-matter experts to share their research and experiences,” Sue Prudhomme, Victoria College executive director of cultural affairs, said of the series. “This fall, we’ll explore Comanche traditions, the Civil War, and European colonization efforts in South Texas.”

The Stormont Lecture Series will continue on Thursday, Oct. 3 with “Palmito Ranch: Last Land Battle of the Civil War” and Thursday, Nov. 14 with “Alonso de Leon’s Expeditions into Texas.”

The Museum of the Coastal Bend is located on Victoria College’s Main Campus at 2200 E. Red River Street in Victoria. The museum is open Tuesdays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is “pay-what-you-want.”

For more information on the Museum of the Coastal Bend and its upcoming events, visit, email or call (361) 582-2511.