Joseph Chance, a local historian, to discuss ways to publish a book

EDINBURG — The Museum of South Texas History, a museum chronicling the heritage of South Texas and Northeastern Mexico, welcomes Dr. Joseph E. Chance, to present “Murder in Mathis: The Making of a Self-Published Book,” during the Sunday Speaker Series on Sunday, July 23, at 2 p.m. This presentation will include Chance’s journey through research, writing and the publication for his book, followed by a question and answer session.

Set in rural South Texas in the 1920s, “Murder in Mathis” is a true crime story of the capture, trial and execution of a sociopathic murderer that almost committed the “perfect crime.” Harry Leahy, an attorney in Mathis, had kidnapped and murdered Dr. J.A. Ramsey, a physician in Mathis, over a land dispute that had involved local police, Texas Rangers and a trip to Mexico. In addition to discussing the murder story, Chance will provide self-publishing steps and tips, offering encouragement to anyone facing the challenge of becoming a published author. Copies of “Murder in Mathis” will be available for purchase.

A self-proclaimed “student of military and Texas history,” Chance is an accomplished and well-known local author of books, essays and newspaper columns. A long-time Rio Grande Valley resident, Chance shares his knowledge of Texas history through his many history books and other publications.

Sunday Speakers Series is included in the fee for regular museum admission. FRIENDS of the Museum are admitted free as a benefit of FRIENDship. The museum is part of the Blue Star Museums program which allows active military members and up to five family members to be admitted for free.