Cattle, Kingdoms: Coastal Bend Study Tour


Texas’ economy and its popular culture during the last quarter of the nineteenth century were especially associated with cattle ranching. In the first of several projected study tours, the Houston Seminar will explore what was once the ranch country of the Coastal Bend, the flat plains between the Colorado and Nueces rivers. This study tour will take us to Victoria, Goliad, Beeville, and Refugio, the portion of the state where Mexican livestock ranching was introduced to Texas in the eighteenth century. We will experience both the history of this region and efforts to preserve—and creatively interpret—this legacy.

The tour includes bus transportation, meals, and three nights’ hotel accommodations (Victoria and Beeville).

Interest List

Pricing will be announced shortly. Please email [email protected] to place your name on an interest list, or pay the $500 deposit and fill out the Reservation & Release forms.

One week before an e-blast advertising the trip is scheduled to be sent to our database and the registration documents are posted on the website, you will receive an email including a (draft) trip itinerary, cost, and registration documents. The registration and release-of-claims forms, along with the deposit, must be returned to the registrar to secure a reservation. These forms may be mailed or emailed, with payment by check or credit card, and will be recorded and accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.

If your contact information changes between the time you sign up for the interest list and the time the registration date is announced, it is your responsibility to notify the registrar.

Registration Details

Reservations will be made on a first come-first served basis upon receipt of a $500 deposit, the Reservation and Deposit Form, and the signed Release of Claims form.

You may print the forms and email them to [email protected] or send them by mail to:

The Houston Seminar
PO Box 22764
Houston, TX  77227

Travel Registration and Cancellation Policy

Reservations will be made on a first come-first served basis upon receipt of a $500 deposit, the Reservation and Deposit Form, and the signed Release of Claims form. Payment in full is due on September 3, 2022. Reservations received after September 3, 2022, may be accepted if space is available and payment is made in full. Your reservation is not confirmed until you have received written confirmation from the Houston Seminar.

If payment in full for the tour is not made by September 3, 2022, your reservation will be canceled, and your $500 deposit will be forfeited. Should the Houston Seminar cancel the tour for any reason, your deposit and any additional payments will be refunded in full. Should you have to cancel for any reason, you must notify the Houston Seminar in writing. For cancellations before September 3, 2022, all payments, less the $500 deposit, will be refunded. A cancellation between September 3, 2022 and October 3, 2022, will result in the forfeiture of your $500 deposit plus 50% of all other amounts paid. After October 3, 2022, cancellation will result in the forfeiture of 100% of all amounts paid. We recommend that you consider purchasing travel insurance.


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