Sunday, History of the Funeral Industry: including, Cemetery History and Reform, History of Funeral
3/10/13 Rites and Traditions, Memorials and Monuments thru the Ages
2:45pm Presented by: Christine Price
After leaving her profession of 18 years as a Speech Pathologist in California, Christine decided to switch
professions when she moved to Kingwood. She was approached by the corporation that was building Kingwood
Funeral Home. Christine went to mortuary school at Commonwealth School of Mortuary Science in Houston
and received her license to practice as a Funeral Director. When the funeral home was completed in 1995,
she was the first employee. Christine was the senior funeral director, serving over a thousand families. She
also conducted a grief support group every Tuesday night for 15 years, helping thousands of people in grief.
After 15 years at Kingwood Funeral Home she was asked to join the staff of DARST FUNERAL HOME, a new,
family owned and operated funeral home on Russell Palmer Rd. Christine felt a switch from the corporate
world of stress and bottom line, to a small caring environment would be a welcome change and allow her to
continue to care for families in need.
4/14/13 "Civil War Chemical Weapons & Yellow Fever"
2:45pm Presented by: Jim Schmidt
Jim Schmidt is a bio-analytical chemist by training and profession. He attended Benedictine College
(Atchison, KS), received his B.S. in Chemistry from the University of Central Oklahoma and pursued graduate
work in environmental science at the University of Oklahoma. Jim has worked in a number of private,
government and industrial laboratories for the past twenty five-plus years and is currently employed as a
research scientist with a biotechnology firm in The Woodlands, Texas.
Jim has had a life-long interest in history, with special interests in the Civil War and 19th-century medicine
and science; his historical writing credits include more than sixty articles for numerous publications including
North & South, Civil War News, Chemical Heritage, Learning Through History and Antique Bottle & Glass
magazines and many others. He has also given lectures on history to groups throughout the country.
Jim is the author, editor or contributor to five books, including Lincoln's Labels: America's Best Known
Brands and the Civil War (sole author, 2008); Years of Change and Suffering: Modern Perspectives on Civil
War Medicine (editor and contributor, 2009); Notre Dame in the Civil War: Marching Onward to Victory
(sole author, 2010); Galveston and the Civil War: An Island City in the Mailstrom (sole author, 2012); and
Civil War America: A Social and Cultural History (contributor, 2010).
Jim also enjoys seeing other people achieve their goals of seeing their writing get published and offers writing
and other coaching.
Jim and his family live in Spring, Texas.
5/19/13 Nazism, Nuremberg and Now
2:45pm Presented by: Mike Reviere
Our speaker is Mike Reviere and he will discuss the rise of Nazism, the Nuremberg race laws, and genocide. He
will also discuss Germany's struggle with its past. Today in Germany there is a tension between preserving the
physical remnants of national socialism as a reminder of past evils versus destroying those remnants in order
to put the past to rest and look to the future. As visible reminders of that era, artifacts of national socialism
will be presented along with photographs of what remains today.
Michael Reviere is a native Texan, born in Beaumont, but has been a Kingwood resident since 1990. By
profession, he is an attorney who has been involved in a civil trial practice for 30 years. His avocation, however,
is the study of German history from 1932 to 1945, the period of National Socialism. He has been actively
involved in the study and research of this topic for the past 25 years and has traveled to Germany over 20 times
in search of historical traces of that period. His travels have also taken him to France, Belgium, Austria, Poland,
the Czech Republic and Russia in search of history. He has lectured in area schools on the topic of the Rise of
Nazism and the Holocaust and in 2002 was awarded an Honorary Lifetime Membership by the Texas Congress
of Parents and Teachers in recognition of distinguished service to children and youth.
June, July, Field Trips
9/08/13 DNA - Explained in Layman's Terms
2:45pm Presented by: Donna Cary
10/13/13 "Celebrating Family History Month"
2:45pm Presented by: Sue Kaufman, Manager, Clayton Library Center for Genealogical Research, Houston, Texas
Ms. Kaufman brought twenty years of genealogical librarianship experience to Clayton Library, including
6 years at the Allen County Public Library in Fort Wayne, Indiana, which is the nation's largest genealogical
Ms. Kaufman has been involved in genealogical librarianship and genealogical societies since 1987. She
offers expertise in genealogical/historical reference, collection development and educational outreach. Her
collection development skills include being able to acquire one-of-a-kind resources, government documents
and other hard to find research materials. Her tenacious attitude toward collection development led to an
increase in the Jewish collection by more than 500 titles for the Allen County Public Library. She has
worked with local, state and national genealogical societies both as a board member and as a presenter at
Ms. Kaufman has a Masters degree in Library Information Science from the Dominican University in
River Forest, Illinois, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Administration of Justice from Southern Illinois
University, where she also took graduate courses in Sociology and Library Science. Throughout her career,
Ms. Kaufman has lectured on various genealogy topics and has received several awards and honors including
the Chester A. Bowser Educational Scholarship from the Elgin Genealogical Society in Elgin, Illinois. In
1998, she was awarded an internship at the National Archives Great Lakes Region in Chicago.
11/10/13 Salute to Veterans! Our 2nd Annual Veterans Day Celebration
12/6/13 6th Annual Christmas Party