‘Elvis in East Texas’ lecture June 29

Elvis Presley performing on stage at Magnolia Gardens in Channelview in 1955. 

If you’re an Elvis fan, don’t miss the Baytown Historical Preservation Association’s Saturday History Lecture Series on June 29 at 10 a.m. (doors open at 9:30 a.m.) at the Republic of Texas Plaza Barn, 5117 North Main Street, Baytown.

Guest speaker will be Steve Davis who will give a program on Elvis Presley’s early days of performing in small East Texas towns that were very much the foundation of his amazing career.

Largely unknown, Elvis had joined the Louisiana Hayride in November 1954. Once he became a member of the Hayride cast, opportunities for personal appearances soon followed, and the Lone Star State became a prime testing ground for what some reporters later described as Presley’s “atomic-powered” performances.

One of Elvis’s earliest stops in Texas was not far from Baytown at Magnolia Gardens where on August 7, 1955, the first known video of him was recorded by a newly-wed Houston area couple who had just purchased a silent 8 mm home movie camera.

Steve Davis is a history professor and one of the founding faculty members at Lone Star College-Kingwood. He earned his undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Houston.

Aside from teaching U.S. and Texas history, Davis teaches specialized courses in the History of Rock and Roll as well as the Beatles and the British Invasion. He has won teaching excellence awards both at the University of Houston and at LSC Kingwood.

In addition to teaching history, Professor Davis is an avid distance runner and rhythm guitarist in a local garage band.

For the past five years, the Baytown Historical Preservation has hosted its Saturday History Lecture Series featuring authors, educators, historians, and community leaders who provide historical and cultural topics of interest to its members and the general public. The lectures are usually about an hour long.

The lecture is free; however RSVPs are strongly suggested as seating is limited. To be guaranteed a seat, call 281-421-2099 and leave a message with your name, number attending, and phone number— calls will not be returned unless deemed necessary. You can also RSVP by sending an email to info@baytownhistory.org.

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