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Texas State Historical Assn Holds 122nd Annual Meeting in San Marcos March 8-10

3 days of Texas history with 40 sessions showcasing the latest research of 150 presenters, plus events, book exhibits, silent auction, and a tour.

TSHA Texas State Historical Association

Austin,Texas (PR MediaRelease) February 14, 2018

San Marcos will abound with history at TSHA’s 122nd Annual Meeting on March 8–10, 2018, at the Embassy Suites by Hilton Hotel and Conference Center. In addition to the 40 sessions showcasing the research of more than 150 historians, the Annual Meeting events will feature distinguished speakers and opportunities to view collections and venues. Throughout the meeting, the Book Exhibit Hall will offer the finest new and rare books about Texas and will also display Silent Auction items. TSHA Press will hold book signings with noted authors, including Thomas T. Smith, who wrote The Old Army in the Big Bend of Texas.

Silent Auction treasures will tempt bidders with selections from the book collection of the late Patrick H. Butler III of San Antonio, a distinguished American historian with an affinity for museum studies. His donated collection numbers more than 1,800 publications. They include books on LBJ, ranching, architecture and photography, city and regional histories, general Texas history, the Civil War, folklore, cowboys, and cooking, among many other topics.

Meeting events launch on Thursday, March 8th with the Women in Texas History Luncheon as the Ellen C. Temple Fellowship is presented and former TSHA President Merline Pitre of Texas Southern University addresses the group on “Reckoning with Gender and Fighting Jim Crow: Lynn Eusan—University of Houston’s First African American  Homecoming Queen.” Following the afternoon sessions, the Graduate Student Mixer will gather graduate students and TSHA Fellows. That evening, attendees will be transported to Dick’s Classic Garage Central Texas Museum of Automotive History for the President-Elect’s Reception to welcome Sarita Armstrong Hixon.

Those attending the Book Lovers’ and Texana Collectors’ Breakfast on Friday, March 9th will enjoy a talk on “Paraphrasing Noah Smithwick—The Evolution of a Dealer” by Ollie Crinklemeyer of the Texas Bookseller’s Association. At the Fellows Luncheon and Presentation of Awards, Second Vice President Emilio Zamora will lead TSHA in recognizing significant contributions to the study of Texas history and Randolph B. Campbell of the University of North Texas will give a presentation on “A Sea of Blood and Smoking Ruin: Sam Houston on Slavery and Sectionalism.” On Friday evening the President’s Dinner at the Embassy Suites will honor President Paula Mitchell Marks as she delivers her presidential address about “Diamond Years: The Career of Austin Photographer Ava Crofford.”

As the Annual Meeting concludes on Saturday, March 10th, attendees can embark on a trip to San Antonio to tour the Witte Museum, founded in 1926. The city of San Antonio will be in the midst of celebrating the Tricentennial of its founding in 1718. Attendees will tour the museum’s exhibition Confluence and Culture: 300 Years of San Antonio Culture.  With academic sessions, banquets and events, workshops, and more, TSHA’s Annual Meeting will revel in Texas history.

Information and registration are available at Online registration ends February 23rd and onsite registration will be open at the meeting. Options include student, K-12 educator, three-day, single-day, and guest registrations. Event and tour tickets are offered separately. Access to the Exhibit Hall and Silent Auction is open to the public at no charge.

Founded as a private, nonprofit educational organization on March 2, 1897, TSHA (Texas State Historical Association) is the longest continually running historical organization in Texas and is one of the nation’s most dynamic regional history organizations. Reinforced by more than one hundred years of scholarship, its mission is to further the appreciation, understanding, and teaching of the rich and unique history of Texas through research, writing, publication, and educational programs. TSHA Press is the state’s oldest publisher. The Association is housed at The University of Texas at Austin.

Terri Killen
Texas State Historical Association
Communications Editor
(512) 471-3272

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