There will be many opportunities to celebrate history and honor the past in Texoma this weekend. From the Friday Community Series concert to the monthly lecture at Hagerman to celebrating Black History Month and Mardi Gras, this weekend has many activities for area residents. Here are five events honoring history:

1. Honoring our past

The Community Series at Austin College turned 50 this season and in honor of the birthday, the series is honoring individuals that have influenced Sherman culture. Friday’s 7 p.m. performance will have a special presentation for Bill Collins II. The University of North Texas’s “One O’Clock Lab Band” will be performing during the evening and will be giving a lecture and demonstration at 4 p.m. Friday. The special featured guest is Marshall Gilkes. For more information, visit

2. History lesson

Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge Deputy Manager Paul Balkenbush will guide refuge patrons through a lesson on the history of Lake Texoma during the refuge’s Second Saturday Program this week. The lecture will be held from 10-11:30 a.m. Saturday at 6465 Refuge Road in Sherman. “The Story of Lake Texoma from Conception to Today” will explain why the dam was constructed, how it was built and the way it works. Program attendees will also learn how the resulting reservoir promoted the establishment of Hagerman and Tishomingo National Wildlife refuges and earned its nickname, “The Playground of the Southwest.”

3. Black History Month

The Texoma Black Expo is back at Austin College this year. Vendor booths will have items related to fashion, make-up, hair products, jewelry, oils and perfumes, food, entertainment and more. This event will be held Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The theme is “Grasping the Dream.” The expo will be held in the Rid Richardson Gymnasium on the college campus.

4. Mardi Gras and Mardi Paws

Humans and their four-legged friends can celebrate Mardi Gras in downtown Sherman on Saturday. Sherman Main Street’s Mardi Gras bead crawl will be held at businesses throughout downtown Sherman Saturday. Sherman Parks and Rec’s “Mardi Paws” begins at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Sherman Municipal Building. Vendors from the community will be there to share treats, promote their grooming and boarding, and even teach tricks.

5. February open house

The Sam Rayburn House State Historic Site in Bonham will be celebrating Black History Month on Saturday with an open house. The reception will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 890 W. State Highway 56 in Bonham. Site staff will be honoring African American men, women and children who lived and worked on the Rayburn farm. The February artifact of the month will also be on display. The site will have free tours of the house as well as refreshments.