The Walnut Springs Historical Association will celebrate Texas Independence Day with a program at 6 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 23.

“Barbed Wire” by Michael Barr, retired educator, author and historian from Gatesville, is a multimedia presentation exploring the lasting effects of barbed wire on western society. Barr will show how it changed the laws, ecology, things people eat, how they dress, talk and relate to each other. The program begins in the 1870s and continues into the modern era.

Barr has worked in Fredericksburg, Johnson City and most recently at Gatesville High School. He also taught at Austin Community College, Temple College and Baylor University.

Books he has written include “If You Blink You’ll Miss It” (about his hometown – The Grove), “Rope Burns and Lead Poisoning” and “A Rumble in the Cedar Brakes”. This fall, Texas Tech will publish “Remembering Bulldog Turner", about the legendary lineman who played for the Chicago Bears in the 1940s.

The program, which will be presented at the Walnut Springs Museum, is free to the public. The museum is located at Highway 144 and FM 927 East.