The next Texoma Patriots meeting will be held on Tuesday, Dec. 5 at 7 p.m. at Buck Snort BBQ, 224 E. Jefferson, Van Alstyne. The topic of the meeting will be “The Hidden World of WWI and Finding Hope in a Time of Terror” and the guest speaker will be Dr. Jeff Gusky.


Take a journey with the Texoma Patriots to discover the origins of modern terror and where hope lies. Gusky also will take those present on a journey into a Hidden World underground that has been frozen-in-time for a century — The Hidden World of WW I.


Jeff Gusky is an emergency physician whose career as an explorer and artist began in December 1995 when his intuition first led him to photograph a Nazi-era compound in Poland. This event inspired him to pursue a quest to understand why terrorism continues to threaten us in modern times. Further, he sought to understand how technology and the inhuman scale of modern life has cut people off from reality and disoriented our moral compass.


Since that day in December 1995 when Gusky experienced the unspeakable acts of barbarism that had occurred in that compound, he has been exploring sites, mostly across Europe, where millions of innocents have been slaughtered in modern times. He has found a common thread that links mass murder during the Holocaust to terrorism today. The inhuman scale of modern life cuts us off from nature and from each other. Gusky’s goal is to inspire belief in a future where we find hope in the human decency and courage of ordinary people and find safety in embracing human nature for what it is — permanently imperfect — with the potential for extraordinary goodness and unfathomable evil.


In addition to his work as an ER physician, Gusky is a National Geographic photographer. Gusky’s work has been featured around the world, most recently as the only living artist in “Artist Soldier,” an 18-month exhibition now on display at The Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C. A concurrent solo exhibition at the Museum of History and Art in Sainte-Menehould, France, runs through Nov. 26.


The New York Times, The Washington Post, ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox, PBS, NPR, The BBC, USA Today and more news outlets have all covered Gusky’s discoveries and photographs. To learn more about him, go to jeffgusky.com.


Admission is free. Everyone is welcome to this outstanding presentation and are encouraged to bring friends. Jim will have his barbecue buffet open — so come early and eat.