Bernard adds to rare collection of Texas history literature

03.28.2017 | By Andrea Vasquez

HOUSTON – Award-winning crime, public affairs, investigative journalist and author Lora-Marie Bernard recently contributed several of her books on Texas to the San Jacinto College South Campus library’s prized Texana Collection.

Bernard writes non-fiction stories about the state’s resources and historical figures. She graduated from the Mayborn School of Journalism at the University of North Texas then began working at the Pulitzer prize-winning newspaper, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. From there she moved to the Houston/Galveston area where she earned several Associated Press Managing Editors awards for public affairs and investigative coverage and a Robert F. Kennedy Award for her social reporting. Bernard says that “in the birthplace of Texas, (I) developed a desire to tell historical stories through a modern lens.”

Bernard’s contribution to the College’s Texana Collection include: “Lower Brazos River Canals,” an illustrative history of the river and its role in creating the communities of the upper Texas Gulf Coast; “Counterfeit Prince of Old Texas: Swindling Slaver Monroe Edwards,” a historical biography of a Texas slave smuggler who began an international crime spree after his family lost their fortune in pre-revolutionary Texas; and “Houston Center: A Vision to Excellence,” a coffee table book that uses lively graphics and storytelling to recount the 33 transformative blocks of downtown’s Houston Center which remains one of the largest real-estate transactions to ever occur in the core of a major American city.

The San Jacinto College South Campus Texana Collection is housed in its own special room on the second floor of the campus library where students and community members can access a bounty of rare and interesting items on Texas and local history. The Collection features rare books, periodicals, photos and memorabilia, as well as autographed books, memorial books, maps, census data and genealogical information. At about 15,000 volumes, the San Jacinto College South Campus Texana Collection is one of the larger Texana collections for lower-level academic libraries in the area.

Bernard resides in Clear Lake City and is in the process of completing her Master of Liberal Arts in Extension Studies with a concentration in multimedia journalism and a graduate certificate in museum studies from Harvard University. She is expected to graduate in May 2018. She is the president of, a media outreach firm that specializes in turning traditional storytelling on its head through cutting-edge technology.


About San Jacinto College

Surrounded by monuments of history, industries and maritime enterprises of today, and the space age of tomorrow, San Jacinto College has been serving the citizens of East Harris County, Texas, since 1961. As a fiscally sound institution, the College currently holds bond ratings of AA and Aa2 by Standard & Poor’s and Moody’s, respectively. San Jacinto College is a 2017 Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence Rising Star Award recipient and an Achieving the Dream Leader College. Approximately 30,000 students each semester benefit from a support system that maps out a pathway for success. The College offers seven areas of study that prepare a diverse body of students to transfer to a four-year college or university or enter the workforce with the skills needed to support the growing industries along the Texas Gulf Coast. San Jacinto College graduates contribute nearly $690 million each year to the Texas workforce.

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