In conjunction with Hamon’s spring 2016 exhibition, Scott Gleeson: Travels in Ithaca, a site-specific art installation in the Library’s Mildred Hawn Gallery and Hamon lobby, the panel discussion, Social Costs of War: Trauma and the Trials of Homecoming, raises awareness of the sociological implications of war since the terror attacks of September 11, 2001. Experts in veteran advocacy, brain trauma studies, and combat veterans will deliver 10-minute talks followed by a discussion. Local panel participants include: Donna Cranston, Executive Director of Defenders of Freedom (DoF); a US Combat Veteran and DoF client; Christina (Tina) Bass, M.S., LPC, Psychotherapist and PTSD research assistant, UTDallas Center for Brain Health; The panel moderators are Dr. Alicia Meuret, Associate Professor of Psychology and Director of the Anxiety and Depression Research Center, Dedman College, SMU; and Scott Gleeson ’09, visual artist.
The panel, organized in conjunction with Scott Gleeson: Travels In Ithaca, is held as part of the Library’s 25th anniversary celebration.
The Jake and Nancy Hamon Papers contain the personal papers of Jake and Nancy Hamon. Jake Hamon was a legendary Dallas independent wildcatter while his wife Nancy was a celebrated hostess and philanthropist. The collection offers insights into Dallas social and cultural history. The bulk of the materials originates from Dallas, Texas.Continue reading “Collection Spotlight: Jake and Nancy Hamon Papers”
Nancy Hamon was born on December 12, 1918 in San Antonio, Texas to McMaster Blackburn and Estelle Blackburn (known as Mamacita). She studied paleontology at the University of Texas at Austin in the late 1930s for a short time before leaving for her first marriage which lasted only four years. She then briefly worked in Hollywood as a dancer with a small dance group led by Russian ballet master David Lichine and appeared in films such as Tropicana (1943) and The Heat’s On (1943). During World War II, she spent a year in Hawaii with an Army special services acting troupe, playing the lead in Petticoat Fever opposite a young Carl Reiner. She married Jake L. Hamon in 1949 and moved to Dallas. Mrs. Hamon was an extraordinary hostess and was known for the extravagant theme parties she hosted with her husband during the 1950s and 1960s. Themes included circus, Moulin Rouge and others, even a Silent Movies theme party which featured Louis Armstrong.