"It is very important to understand history so that we don't make the same mistakes again". The University of Houston-Victoria and the de Leon Club of Victoria will give us the opportunity to learn about the history of Victoria and the surrounding area.

The history of Victoria during the 19th and 20th centuries will be put under the microscope during the 26th annual Martin DeLeón Symposium on the Humanities. The symposium is presented by the University of Houston-Victoria and the de León Club of Victoria.

Dan Jaeckle, a UHV English professor and chairman of the 2012 Symposium Advisory Committee, said the symposium is one of the longest-running events at the university. "Whether the subject is history, music, literature or something else, we try to plan an entertaining symposium with an intellectual dimension to it," Jaeckle said to the Victoria Advocate.

The first presenter at this year's event is David Urbano, an instructor at Patti Welder Magnet Middle School.  He will talk about Victoria in the 19th century. After a break, Anthony Quiroz, a UHV alumnus and history professor at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, will give a presentation about Victoria in the 20th century.

The DeLeón Club, named after Victoria founder Martin DeLeón, is a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting business and encouraging civic participation to improve the quality of life in Victoria.

The 26th annual Martin DeLeón Symposium on the Humanities will be held from 9 a.m.-noon Saturday at the Alcorn Auditorium of UHV University West, 3007 N. Ben Wilson St. Admission is free and open to the public. Advance tickets are not required.FOR MORE INFO: Call Dan Jaeckle at 361-575-7849.