Kinsey Collection Programming: Wells Fargo Brings What You Didn’t Learn in High School History


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Wells Fargo Brings What You Didn’t Learn in High School History

Lecture Series to Houston

Lecture series explores the little known heroes and untold stories of African Americans in the United States in order to dispel myths and promote dialogue around their role in the making of America

WHO:            Wells Fargo and the Houston Museum of African American Culture

Bernard, Shirley & Khalil Kinsey

WHAT:         What You Didn’t Learn in High School History

Lecture Series with Renowned Art Collector Bernard Kinsey

WHEN:         Friday, September 26, 2014, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.


WHERE:     San Jacinto Memorial Auditorium

Houston Community College – Central Campus

1300 Holman Street

Houston, TX 77004

Admission: $10


Wells Fargo and the Houston Museum of African American Culture (HMAAC) present What You Didn’t Learn in High School History. This enlightening lecture with renowned art collector Bernard Kinsey covers numerous untold stories of African American history, accomplishments and contributions that typically are not captured in history books or taught in history class.

During the lecture Kinsey will debunk the more than 400-year-old “myth of absence” in American history. Drawing from the extensive collection of artistic and historical treasures amassed in The Kinsey Collection, he reveals long-ignored stories that highlight the role of African Americans in the making of America.

This lecture is part of the African American Treasures from the Kinsey Collection exhibition that is currently on display at HMAAC until October 26. This exhibition includes works of art commemorating the artistic, historic, and cultural contributions of African Americans.

Visitors to HMAAC will explore seldom displayed artifacts, such as an early edition of Solomon Northrup’s 12 Years a Slave, the basis of the Academy Award-winning film. The exhibit also includes works from Houston artists, John Biggers and Lionel Lofton. The exhibition’s combination of original documents, rare books, paintings, early photographs, and modern sculptures creates a unique and diverse experience, bringing history to life through art and artifacts. As visitors walk through the exhibition, they receive a full immersion into a story of struggle, freedom, equality, and creative expression. This experience is meant to leave visitors feeling both educated and inspired afterwards. The exhibition is free to the public. Visit for more information on the exhibition and related programs.


  • Saturday, September 27, 2014
    • 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. – The Young Collector Workshop – Join young collector Khalil Kinsey, for an introduction to the thrilling world of art collecting and its relationship to chronicling a people’s history. The Young Collector: A Workshop on Art Connoisseurship (Please Click Here to RSVP)

Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE: WFC) is a nationwide, diversified, community-based financial services company with $1.6 trillion in assets. Founded in 1852 and headquartered in San Francisco, Wells Fargo provides banking, insurance, investments, mortgage, and consumer and commercial finance through more than 9,000 locations, 12,500 ATMs, and the internet (, and has offices in 36 countries to support customers who conduct business in the global economy. With approximately 265,000 team members, Wells Fargo serves one in three households in the United States. Wells Fargo & Company was ranked No. 29 on Fortune’s 2014 rankings of America’s largest corporations. Wells Fargo’s vision is to satisfy all our customers’ financial needs and help them succeed financially. Wells Fargo perspectives and stories are also available at and at


The Kinsey Collection strives to Educate, Motivate & Inspire Americans to learn more about the remarkable contributions of African Americans in building America. The Kinsey Collection has been featured on CBS Sunday Morning and scores of television/radio shows and newspapers/magazines nationally. It has been cited in three national awards including the nation’s highest honor, The President’s Medal for Museum and Library Services, and was selected as one of the “Top Ten exhibits to see in the world”. With their son Khalil, the Kinsey’s have developed a 198-page coffee table book that has been adopted by the State of Florida to teach African American history, and a companion lecture series titled “What You Didn’t Learn in High School History”. The Kinsey Collection exhibition has been on display in eight museums including the Smithsonian National Museum of American History, with an iteration of the collection showing at EPCOT Center, Walt Disney World Resort through 2015.


The mission of HMAAC is to collect, conserve, explore, interpret, and exhibit the material and intellectual culture of Africans and African Americans in Houston, the state of Texas, the southwest and the African Diaspora for current and future generations. In fulfilling its mission, HMAAC seeks to invite and engage visitors of every race and background and to inspire children of all ages through discovery-driven learning. HMAAC is to be a museum for all people. While our focus is the African American experience, our story informs and includes not only people of color, but people of all colors.