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Lou Ann Herda, Ed. D.

"The Great American Legends Tour, Texas Style,
with Bison Bill and Swoops."
Lou Ann Herda
Lou Ann Herda, Ed. D.
with Bison Bill & Swoops

Lou Ann Herda is a transplanted Oklahoman who has spent most of her life either attending or dodging school. A storyteller by nature and an educator by accident, she lives for that next nugget of Texan history that will broaden her repertoire and make her native Texan children, Taylor (11) and Brittany (14), clap with glee. She is married to Alex who supports her wanderlust, and she can hardly wait until they can move from Houston to much quieter, more peaceful surroundings. Lou Ann is a member of the Houston Storytellers Guild (HSG) and the Cowboy History and Performance Society (CHAPS) and holds an earned doctorate degree in education, which she boldly wears around her neck during performances. She has taught speech communications and theater in both secondary and higher educational institutions and insists she, too, would have been institutionalized if she would have remained a teacher. So, now she's a travel writer and has become self-actualized.

Lou Ann Herda's Texas Courthouse Tour:
"The Great American Legends Tour, Texas Style, with Bison Bill and Swoops."
Email Bison Bill & Swoops : bbnswoops@aol.com

Towns with photos contributed by Lou Ann Herda
:
Brownwood
Coldspring
Fort Concho
Fred
Galveston
Georgetown
Lolita
San Angelo
Wink
Editor's Intro

We were made aware of the Great American Legends Tour by Lou Ann Herda, who has become the chauffeur / spokesperson / transcriber / translator and make-up artist (dry cleaner) for the Two American Legends (you don't get more legendary than a Bald Eagle and a Buffalo) that are embarking on this trip around historic Texas.

We've long wanted something for our younger readers, since we know we have a huge readership from ISDs around the state. Speaking through Lou Ann, who is a Storyteller and Educator, the two visit the county seats around the state and relate the histories of the various counties. The humor is crisp and can be appreciated by older folks as well.

We enjoy the observations of these two (we've read some of their trips) because their "take" on Texas is informative, refreshing and since it's the viewpoint of a bison and an eagle - it's never dull. It's also less violent than if we were reporting on the trip of a coyote and a roadrunner.

The two are not Texans, which we feel is an asset. It adds a certain freshness as we share their discoveries - and besides, it's always fun to hear what "foreigners" have to say about Texas.


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