Earl Campbell (1977) and Ricky Williams (1998) won the Heisman Trophy in college footabll as University of Texas Longhorns. But can you name Longhorn also-rans. Well here's a list.
1947 Bobby Layne, Sixth-Place
1961 James Saxton, Third-Place
1963 Scott Appleton, Fifth-Place
1970 Steve Worster, Fourth-Place
1973 Roosevelt Leaks, Third-Place
(Yes, a drought for three decades, except for Campbell and Williams as winners)
2004 Cedric Benson Sixth-Place
2005 Vince Young: Second Place
2008 Colt McCoy, Second-Place
2009 Colt McCoy, Third Place
Read the story behind each at the Bleacher Report, a UT Football newsletter
Thursday, December 31, 2009
Rick Smith in the San Angelo Standard-Times article ,"Elmer Kelton statue nearing completion," relays the news:
"SAN ANGELO, Texas — A life-size sculpture of the late West Texas author Elmer Kelton is nearing completion at a Lubbock foundry said Raul Ruiz, the San Angelo artist commissioned to create the work.
"I just came back from Lubbock last week," Ruiz said. "Right now, I'm at the point where I'm putting on the finishing touches."
He said the sculpture, now made of clay, will be cast in bronze.
"I think it's looking really good," Ruiz said. "It just takes time."
The bronze, which will show the West Texas author casually leaning on a wooden fence, will be placed in the new Tom Green County Library when it opens in 2010.
Ruiz said the Kelton family will travel to Lubbock to see the clay sculpture before it is cast into bronze.
The project has had several unexpected delays.
First, the foundry changed hands after owner Jerry House died in July. Then, Ruiz said he was jolted by Kelton's death in August.
"That's been the hardest part of this — Mr. Kelton's passing," Ruiz said.
Donations to fund the $85,000 project are being accepted through the San Angelo Area
For more information information, see http://saafound.org/articles/view/35/elmer-kelton-statue or call 325- 659-3788."
Wednesday, December 30, 2009
"Musings from Sam Houston's Stomping Grounds"
The Special Collections librarians up at Sam Houston State University Newton Gresham Library are casting their pods. Back in 2006 Paul Culp and Cheryl Spencer started talking into one of those talking machines and called them "Musings."
Somebody plugged them into the internet. Before long it got to be a habit (a good one) and twice a month they'd find some old historical or news article to read or just recollect (no doubt with a bit of research) history about the University, ol' Sam himself, or other local matters. They read about 2 to 5 minutes each, but sometimes up to 7 minutes. Rather interesting listening. Now there's quite a collection online for you.
Should you prefer reading it quietly to yourself, transcripts are available. And the entries can be arranged by topical place or person. And here's a bit of news. They started putting slide shows together to go with the audio. Well, a good thing gets noticed and sometimes other librarians get their moment in the sound booth.
Two recent entries are self-described as:
Harmon L. Lowman - 15 Nov. 2009:
Cheryl Spencer reads an article about Dr. Harmon Lowman, one of Sam Houston's most beloved presidents. Dr. Lowman was president of Sam Houston State Teacher's College from 1941 - 1964. Episode originally aired 1 March 2007. (2:30) Read the transcript.
Dia de la Muertos - 01 Nov. 2009:
Erin Cassidy, Reference Librarian, reads a short essay about Dia de los Muertos (the Days of the Dead), written by Norma Beth Williamson, Spanish pool faculty member in the Department of Foreign Languages. (4:19) New format! See more images while listening! (4:35) Read the transcript. Get audio only.
I swear, sometimes a college education sure pays off. I guess what I like best is that the staff is actually expected to know the contents of their archives a trend to encourage.
Check the hotlist at http://library.shsu.edu/podcasts.archive.php
Or peruse the Special Collection Thomason Room at http://library.shsu.edu/about/specialcollections/index.php
The Texas Observer, Texas' own guardian of the left bank of the Colorado River. has a book blog "Texas Bound" which occasionally addresses a Texas volume (they prefer the broader view of the nation). No posting has been made in "Texas Bound" since last October. But now of note is the TO's online availability of the Summer and Winter Books issues. The archives go back for ten years. On the Texas Bound blog's page in the upper right are clicks to those back issues. For the illiterate with no interest in books, but just their causes of the day, under TO's homepage is the complete list of issues, back for the same ten years.
Read more at http://www.texasobserver.org/texasbound/
Thursday, December 24, 2009
Lone Star Land Steward Awards Program
Self-described as: "Private landowners are the key to effective habitat management in Texas, since more than 90 percent of Texas is privately-owned. The Lone Star Land Steward Awards program recognizes and honors private landowners for their accomplishments in habitat management and wildlife conservation. The program is designed to educate landowners and the public and to encourage participation in habitat conservation."
The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department has developed an interactive exhibit on the New Deal for Texas Parks:
It's self-description begins:
"Welcome to a New Deal for Texas Parks - an online exhibit and education center for teachers and students of Texas history, made possible in part through the generous support of Humanities Texas' Linden Heck Howell Texas History Grant. Humanities Texas is a state partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Flip through the pages of the scrapbook to explore how individuals, communities and landscapes in Texas were impacted by the New Deal Era. Discover how the Civilian Conservation Corps constructed many of the state parks we enjoy today. Explore a variety of primary source documents such as photographs, oral histories, letters and music that help tell this American story through the eyes of Texas." Read more at
Open the Table of Contents or select a theme. Click on a page's corner and turn the page. The "My Keepsake" pdf on the left of each section's first page offers a type of lesson plan.
Monday, December 21, 2009
News of the closing of Laredo's last bookstore has finally hit the Wall Street Journal of all places. Apparently literacy in Texas is worth the attention of those who tend the national economy. Do you suppose that being able to read actually matters?
Stephanie Simon's article is headlined:
City Tries to Rewrite Lone Bookstore's Last Chapter : Laredo Residents Campaign to Prevent Closing of B. Dalton Shop That Serves as Community Resource, Gathering Place
"LAREDO, Texas -- Mary Benavides steps from behind the cash register several times a day to embrace the mourners.
For more than 30 years, she has managed the mall's B. Dalton outlet -- the only bookstore in Laredo. It will close next month.
All B. Daltons nationwide are closing, as corporate parent Barnes & Noble shutters the chain. In this era of mega-bookstores with cafes and cozy couches and 150,000 titles -- and with more than a million books available online -- B. Dalton's cramped outlets no longer make economic sense." Read more at
Those of us at the Parlor speculate if we lived in Laredo, we'd go to the City Librarian and begin (now just ask or just try) the process of allowing the City Library discards and the discards from other nearby libraries (hint, hint TAMU-I) to form the basis of a used book store (with serious intent) through a commodious and convenient, well-lighted space. In short time, new books could be added to the line. If free enterprize will not address the obvious public needs, the government should. Or you can offer a different idea.
Saturday, December 19, 2009
Press release begins:
Paul Oelkrug (foreground) leads archivists on a tour of McDermott Library's Special Collections.
Archivists Get a Glimpse of UT Dallas Library Rarities
Dec. 14, 2009
"Visiting archivists got acquainted with some of UT Dallas' most exclusive holdings recently when they met at McDermott Library to tour the Special Collections department.
Paul Oelkrug and his staff in Special Collections led visitors through the History of Aviation Collection, which features a world-class aeronautical archive. The collection is the department's largest section.
The saw the Wineburgh Philatelic Research Library, a regional resource for philatelic and postal history; and the Louise B. Belsterling Library, a collection of rare botanical books, including the library's oldest volume." Read more at
Friday, December 18, 2009
University of Houston New Release
Texas History Academy links late Ron Stone, UHFoundation Gift Launches New Resource for Texas History TeachersIt begins: "June 3, 2009 -
The University of Houston Center for Public History has announced a $75,000 gift from the Ron Stone Foundation to begin the Ron Stone Academy for the Teaching of Texas History. The gift will be matched by a $75, 000 contribution by the university."
Read more at: http://www.uh.edu/news-events/stories/2009articles/june2009/06032009CPHRonStoneAcademyforTexasHistory.php
For more information about The Ron Stone Foundation, visit http://ronstonefoundation.org/.
The El Paso Newspaper Tree report begins
"New Texas Music History Lecture Series
Thursday, December 3, 2009
El Paso Museum of History Begins New Texas Music History Lecture Series
"Beginning September 3 and continuing through December, the El Paso Museum of History will celebrate Texas' influence in Zydeco, Jazz, Women in Texas Music and Blues music. The lecture series will take place the first Thursday of each month. It is the first series of events that the museum will charge an admission fee for: $4 for members and $8 for nonmembers. The goal of this series is to offer something special for the museum's membership and to attract potential new members." Read more at
or visit the museum at http://www.elpasotexas.gov/history/
Earlier this December, the Lorenzo de Zavala Texas State Library and Archives Building received designation as a National Literary Landmark, the fourth in Texas. The other three are the O. Henry Home in Austin, the Katherine Anne Porter Home in Kyle, and the Menger Hotel in San Antonio.
Learn more about the National Literary Landmarks at
The Dallas News carried an article about the announcement at
Hmmm, only four. Sure wouldn't take long to round up a few more. What're the qualifications?
Saturday, December 12, 2009
Locals angry over store's proposed site
By Terri Hahn, News Messenger
Friday, December 11, 2009
[This article from Marshall reveals Dollar Store's intent to build in a historic neighborhood on Burleson.]
Tuesday, December 01, 2009
Three Centuries on the Land: The Archives of the Texas General Land Office (The Story of Texas is told through the history of its public lands).
Table of Contents
History of the
Texas General Land Office.............................................4
of Land Grants in Texas................................................10
Digital Preservation Project............................................16
The Campaign to Save Texas History…………………17
Commissioners of the General Land Office....................18
Sources for Further Reading..........................................19
This 20-page document is available online at
Saturday, November 28, 2009
Lamar University News release:
Wooster to edit Gulf Historical and Biographical Record
KERA in North Texas sponsors Art & Seek: A Community for Arts, Culture, and Creative People. A part of their postings, usually on Friday, are "This Week in Texas Music History."
In order to find a long list of entries, select "Features" and search for "This week in Music History" and you'll receive many entries. Click on each entry and you'll receive a fuller essay, and, yes, Virginia, audio is an option.
Navigation notes remind you that "You can also hear This Week in Texas Music History on Friday on KXT and Saturday on KERA radio. But subscribe to the podcast so you won't miss an episode. And our thanks to KUT public radio in Austin for helping us bring this segment to you."
The current listing is on Scott Joplin, the ragtime man.
Self-described as "
Welcome to the
TEACHERS: Not sure what to expect with a content program? Click here to see a sample program from Fort Worth Museum of Science and History, or click here for a brief overview of Connect2Texas (these files will play in Windows MediaPlayer).
An interesting development worth checking out .
The Houston Chronicle blog Texas on the Potomac for last several months has been rather steady in adding 2, 3, or 4 entries a week to their Today in Texas History postings. Enough to keep regular tabs on, good reading. I've added it to my Yahoo homepage. You may want to try it.
Logan Head, a youngster in Bonham, led the posse that established the Quarter Horse (Steel Dust and all that) as the official Texas state horse. Logan's effort has been noted elsewhere, but here's the anticipatory news as reported in New Zealand. Good going Logan!
The American Quarter Horse Association is headdquartered in Amarillo, of course. Logan is a Youth member.
While eating a supper of the official state dish CHILI, seasoned by the official state peppers JALAPENO and CHILTIPEN official state vegetable SWEET ONION and the official state small mammal the ARMADILLO and the official large mammal the LONGHORN, prepared in the official state cooking implement the DUTCH OVEN, cowboys and cowgirls, dressed in their offiicial fabric COTTON shirts and blouses, can tether their quarterhorses to the offical state vehicle the CHUCKWAGON which is always among a field of the state flower the BLUEBONNETS and the official grass GAMMA and the official state plant the PRICKLEY PEAR CACTUS and the official native shrub the PURPLE SAGE. If the chili is quite ready, sing the official song TEXAS OUR TEXAS and snack on the official snacks TORTILLA CHIPS and SALSA. Along with the chili, you'll want the official state bread PAN DE CAMPO. Afterwards enjoy some official state dessert STEUDEL and SOPAIPILLA and the official health nut the PECAN. Relax under the official tree the PECAN, listen to the offiicial bird the MOCKINGBIRD and the official musical instrument the GUITAR supply music for the official folk dance the SQUARE DANCE, and watch your official dog the BLUE LACY snap at the official insect the MONARCH BUTTERLY, root around the gamma for the official reptile the HORNED TOAD and gaze in puzzle at the official flying mammal the MEXICAN FREE-TAILED BAT. Non-dancers can chat about the official sport the RODEO, their last sighting of the official fish the GUADALUPE BASS, whether a saddle blanket can be made from the official tartan the BLUEBONNET TARTAN and whether one prefers our current state artist, historian, or poet laureate.
you'll find a very nice essay on the history of the Red Raiders football stadium 1920's onward. Hmmm, seems like somebody a the Texas Tech University Press could assign an industrious journalism student to compile an anthology of Texas college stadiums (stadia) histories. The autumn leaves pigskin fans across the state would surely wish to purchase a copy. It may challenge our many "churches of Texas" volumes.
Friday, November 27, 2009
Let yourself drift across the last 50 year of San Antonio, Texas radio at
Self-described as "The purpose of San Antonio Radio Memories is to provide a clearinghouse for those who would like to share and preserve their personal San Antonio Radio Memories for future generations. Our mission is to provide a repository for those memories, to collect the stories, and eventually, compile them into book form for everyone to enjoy. "
It begins "Remember that incredible, unique sound that was San Antonio radio in the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s? There was that "nothing like it before" music that rocked us, but more importantly, there were those incredible air "personalities"…who literally blew us away! These giant talents did more than spin "stacks of wax." They created a whole world of entertainment that we could be a part of at the flick of a switch or the press of a button. Real, live DJs, who chose their own music, created imaginary sidekicks, made us laugh, and filled our days and nights with companionship and joy."
Building toward a book.
Lou Antonelli, a Texan science fiction writer who occasionally uses Texas as a setting, self-describes himself as "Lou Antonelli has had 43 stories published in the past six years in the U.S., U.K., Canada and Australia in magazines such as Asimov's Science Fiction, Jim Baen's Universe, Dark Recesses and Andromeda Spaceways In-flight Magazine. He has had nine honorable mentions in "The Year's Best Science Fiction" (St. Martin's Press, Gardner Dozois, ed.). He lives in Mount Pleasant, Texas, with his wife, Patricia (Randolph), and is managing editor of the Mount Pleasant Daily Tribune."
He also posts in his blogs about his work and other science fiction in two places
Fantastic Texas http://fantastictexas.blogspot.com/
This Way to Texas: Lou Antonelli's Dang Old Blog http://louantonelli.blogspot.com/
For example, a rocket ship lifts off from the Republic of Texas and
Buddy Holley is President.
Sunday, November 15, 2009
|The Texas State Library and Archives Commission has awarded six digitization grants via the TexTreasures Program, addressing these local (and state) historical locales: Houston, San Antonio, Dallas, Corpus Christi, and Austin with attention to these population segments: general, Tejano, African American.|
Last October the Texas State Library and Archives released a news release announcing that
"The Texas State Library and Archives Commission (TSLAC) is pleased to announce the reappointment of chairman Sandra J. Pickett of Liberty, Martha Doty Freeman of Austin and Larry G. Holt of College Station, to its governing board. Governor Rick Perry has reappointed them to a six-year term to expire on September 28, 2015.:
Thursday, November 12, 2009
The Texas Tribune is described by the Texas Community College Teachers Association:
The TCCTA description begins: "A new approach to Texas journalism is getting cranked up, and you may want to have a look. It's the Texas Tribune, calling itself a "non-profit, nonpartisan public media organization," with promises to "promote civic engagement and discourse on public policy, politics, government, and other matters of statewide concern."
So far it looks like the effort will devote considerable energy to legislative and education issues."
Or go to the new Texas Tribune, headed by the former head of Texas Monthly, Evan Smith
Check its parts
Digitizing Historical Records
Self-described: "With a federal grant and state matching funds, the Railroad Commission of Texas will digitize records of national historical significance from regulatory hearings involving fields in the East Texas region beginning in 1932 through 1972—the peak year of oil production in Texas."
No doubt the limit of the project is East Texas because Jim Bowie's treasure is buried in Central Texas.
|Collin County sold a building (Brutish style architecture) to the City of McKinney which wishes to demolish it. Texas Historical Commission says, NO, and fines 'em $1,000.|
A novel historical preservation challenge.
Wind turbines and the Palo Duro Canyon
Read from the Industrial Wind Action Group
Protect North Palo Duro Canyon
James Nava, a Spanish native and American adoptee, hold forth on the Western.
By Michael Barnes | Monday, October 26, 2009,
"Paul Baker, the founding artistic director of the Dallas Theater Center and a legendary presence on the Texas theater scene, has died of complications of pneumonia. He was 98."
Read more commentary sparked by his October 25th death in the Austin 360 at: http://www.austin360.com/blogs/content/shared-gen/blogs/austin/outandabout/entries/2009/10/26/paul_baker_lege.html
Or other links at
No doubt somebody will shortly be working on article for the Handbook of Texas.
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
A recent electric edition of the Texas State Historical Association's Riding Line mentioned that the cross references in the Handbook were becoming hotlinks. I checked with Laurie Jasinksi, Handbook Research Editor, and she affirmed in a progress report that now the MAJORITY of qv's (within the text) and cross references at the text's end are now hotlinks, making moving from topic to topic much easier for researchers.
I checked articles on three bibliographers, Raines, Streeter, and Winkler, and, sure enough, most such opportunities are now hot. Jasinki noted that the 25,000 articles compose a large and varied mountain to climb, and they will be continuing to put an electric plug on the remaining qv's (quod vide, Latin for "hey guys, look over there) and cross references.
Congratulations and further good luck to the TSHA and the Handbook of Texas Online staffers.
Click and try it out!
Last February's gubernatorial appointments to the Texas Historical Commission are summarized at
It begins: "AUSTIN – Gov. Rick Perry has named Jon T. Hansen of El Paso Chair of the Texas Historical Commission. He also appointed five members to the commission for terms to expire Feb. 1, 2015. The commission works to preserve Texas' architectural, archeological and cultural landmarks." Others include
Thomas E. Alexander of Kerrville
Leslie "Kirk" Courson of Perryton
Sheri S. Krause of Austin
Steven L. Highlander of Austin
Nancy Steves of San Antonio
Read the news release for further information
A simple search of this e-text collection of fiction for "Texas" produced 420 hits, many merely one hit within the volume, some merely on the publisher's advertisement page of other titles.
Indiana University Digital Library Program describes the database as "This is a collection of 19th century American fiction, as listed in Lyle Wright's bibliography American Fiction, 1851-1875. There are currently 2,887 volumes included (1,763 unedited, 1,124 fully edited and encoded) by 1,456 authors. See this page for more information. Collection last updated on September 3, 2005. MARC Records are available for the entire collection."
Monday, November 09, 2009
where last year and again this year Amy Riley declared a week in September as "Book Blogger Appreciation Week." Hmmm, seems like a good opportunity to remind you of Will Howard's "Texas Blog Notes: History, Literature, and Other Civil Blogs." at http://texasblognotes.blogspot.com/
Dana Lynn Smith is quite pleased to be a 5th generation Texan, and she is strongly informed about how to sell books in Texas, but that doesn't stop her from opening her publishing consulting shop to folks beyond the three rivers.
Check her Texana Publishing Consultants http://bookmarketingmaven.typepad.com/texana/ within her "Book Marketing Maven" website, an interestingly adapted blog format.
|The Writers League of Texas Book Awards (formerly the Violet Crown and Teddy Awards) of 2009 area announced at: http://www.writersleague.org/contests/index.html . Some are Texana:|
A Terrible Glory: Custer and the Little Big Horn, the Last Great Battle of the American West
The Story of Forgetting
Stefan Merrill Block,
Brooklyn, NY (Random House, April 2008)
The Condition, Jennifer Haigh, Hull, MA
The Theory of Light and Matter, Andrew Porter, San Antonio, TX
Purple Hearts, C.W. Smith, Dallas, TX
Northline, Willy Vlautin, Scappoose, OR
Children's Book Winner
Poetry & Literary Prose Winner
Meditations on Rising and Falling
National Bookstore Day on November 7 was a creation of Publishers' Weekly magazine. Maybe next year Texas could adopt it as something more broadly used across the state, kind of in the tsunamic wave following the Texas Book Festival.
Sunday, November 08, 2009
At Texas Tech University, "Multicultural Literature of America" is taught with an eye on modern Southwestern, and elsewhere, literature by Dr. Claudia Sadowski-Smith and Dr. Wallis Sanborn.
See their course outline at
Friday, November 06, 2009
Friday, October 30, 2009
Cultivate some Texas history at the Collin County Farm Museum now managed by the North Texas History Center
New leaked out that folks in the San Antonio Public Library are considering cutting staff in their Texana Room, a heavily used resource of quite productive service. Some protests have been noted in the My San Antonio website. Read on .........
last June kicked off a "Favorite Books about Texas" in the Sounding Off column
Find it at
Sunday, October 25, 2009
Saving Our History is an e-newsletter published by the the Texas General Land Office's Historic Preservation Program. Its 6th volume, fall issue is available online at http://www.glo.state.tx.us/
Subscription is free. The contents include
STEPHEN F. AUSTIN'S UNITED MAP
THE REGISTRO: A MONUMENT TO RECORDKEEPING
TEXAS STATE GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY DONATES $20,000 TO HELP
PRESERVE HISTORIC CLERK RETURNS AT GLO
SAMUEL MAY WILLIAMS: REVOLUTIONARY BUSINESSMAN
A&R OUTREACH: TOURS OF THE GLO
Saturday, October 24, 2009
The University of Texas various geological type departments, schools, etc. have published for about a hundred years about a thousand publications about our earthen basis which have been captured here in full text with searching capacity. The UT Library has been a partner in this process and has them on its website. If you want the real dirt on Texas and have it diluted by water reports as well, it's merely available at the snap of a finger or a click at least.
The University of Idaho has a long list of repositories across the nation at
The list of Texas repositories is about 100 institutions long.
Self-described: "Documenting the American South (DocSouth), a digital publishing initiative sponsored by the University Library at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, provides access to digitized primary materials that offer Southern perspectives on American history and culture. It supplies teachers, students, and researchers at every educational level with a wide array of titles they can use for reference, studying, teaching, and research.
The texts, images, and other materials come primarily from the premier Southern collections in the libraries at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. These original Southern materials can be found in several library locations, including the Southern Historical Collection, one of the largest collections of Southern manuscripts in the country; the North Carolina Collection, the most complete printed documentation of a single state anywhere; the Rare Book Collection, which holds an extensive Southern pamphlet collection; and Davis Library, which offers rich holdings of printed materials on the Southeast. "
A search for "Texas" brought over 4,000 hits.
At http://docsouth.unc.edu/browse/geographic/usmap.html you can find a map of the US with states delineated. Click on Texas and you'll find the 100 or so LC subject headings under which Texas documents are files, including the almost 30 subject headings for Texas African Americans. Rather nice option.
American Memories is a section of webpage by the Library of Congress.
Searching for "Texas" one finds 250 pages of items, each page with 15 items, and 250 is the maximum number of pages retrievable. So Texas likely has far in excess of 5,000 items. Can so be useful for schools.
What items? Photographs, maps, sheet music, architecture, books, laws, just all sorts of things - graphically depicted !!!
The items are mostly from the LC, but other institutions contribute, e.g., UT-Austin.
In all probability your town has material there, maybe dozens, maybe hundreds.
Topics are broad. American Memories has bluebonnets, armadillos, longhorns, etc.
Go see !! http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/index.html
You can search by place - lotsa hits for Dallas, Galveston, Houston, and of course my hometown of Marshall, and my places of education Jacksonville, Nacogodoches, Kingsville, and Austin. You can browse by time period..
You can also browse by topic
Friday, October 23, 2009
What is it? Self-description: "The Texas Slavery Project takes a deep look at the expansion of slavery in the borderlands between the United States and Mexico in the years between 1837 and 1845. Based at the Virginia Center for Digital History, the project offers a number of digital tools that allow users to explore the changing face of slavery in early Texas ...."
Need a some statistics, by area within early Texas, need direction to some primary sources (letters, laws, documents, etc.), need some maps that show distribution of slaves and slave-holders across the years? This is a notable place to come.
Torget's self-description: "Andrew J. Torget is the project's founder and director. Andrew is Assistant Professor of History at the University of North Texas, where he is completing a book titled Cotton Empire: Slavery, the Texas Borderlands, and the Origins of the Mexican-American War. Andrew received his Ph.D. from the University of Virginia while serving as the founding director of the Digital Scholarship Lab at the University of Richmond. He is also the co-editor of two books, Crucible of the Civil War: Virginia from Secession to Commemoration (University of Virginia Press, 2006) and Two Communities in the Civil War (W. W. Norton, 2007)."
An excellent website substantially derived from the work at the University of Virginia.
Does not address slavery among Native Texas tribes or the previous military system or peonage systems among the Spanish and Mexican elite, or the slavery in post-annexation Texas, or the prison labor system conducted by the state in subsequent years..
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
Historical anti-Klan activities from Marshall, Texas are posted on the Marshall News Messenger websites in a series of articles. The information is good, but another thing that's good is that the articles' umbrella projects the articles as the Ku Klux Klan against Marshall, not just against Afrrican Marshallites - a good step ahead.
The articles (now in the archives, not as hotlinks) include
Marshall's battle begins: Klan marches into Marshall, changing lives
Wake up call as the Rotary stands firm against Klan
Grand jury investigation reveals Klan's power
Coming out of the shadows: Klan hosts first public initiation with state district judge as speaker
Klan: Little variance in Klan's core beliefs
Buffin becomes reason to fight Klan in county
Frustrated grand jury fails to bring justice in Buffin murder
Tuesday, October 06, 2009
San Angelo State University offers 2 fellowships ($40K each) in their EXCELLENCE IN WEST TEXAS HISTORY FELLOWSHIPS program with the application deadline of January 31, 2010. The fellowships come though the the West Texas Collection at Angelo State University. Awards will be announced in April 2010.
Monday, September 28, 2009
|Angela de Hoyos (Angelina Sandoval), poet, publisher, song and writer, born in Coahuila in 1923 and a long-time San Antonio resident just recently died on September 24. At age 86, she was a widely respected poet of South Texas and beyond the state, becoming a an icon of the Tejano Chicano literary movement. Her collections, Chicano Poems: For the Barrio, Woman, Woman, Selecciones, and Arise Chicano!, will be valued. And her contributions, with Moises, her husband, through publishing others via the M&A Press will be prized more as the years pass. Folks with deeper interest may read the work edited by Luis A. Ramos and Jose Armas, Angela de Hoyos: A Critical Look (1979).|
I've developed a Youtube channel, Will's Texana Youtube Channel. It's free, It's easy. An account is called a channel.
Yes, I know and groan about the junk and ephemera that's there, but this last summer I wondered, just what IS there? So I looked. It took a while to get the hang of it all, but using a very undisciplined method which was also very unconsistent, I cobbled together 1,000 videos from other folks' channels and centralized them into 100 topical playlists.
There are some drawbacks (e.g., Youtube doesn't allow for alphabetizing the 100 playlists, so you'll find them in a jumble of 100.) I working on a means where by they can be alphabetizing on somebody's separate page, and this alternative would also enable the addition of other folks' playlists on other channels.
I'm issuing a report on Will's Texana Youtube Channel as a special issue of my Will's Texana Monthly. If you'd like a free copy just let me know. That report also includes a list of the 50 or so Youtube channels to which I subscribe, some rather professionally done - historical, contemporary, nature, gardening, media, etc - and some casually produced by individuals but worthy of notice and maybe your own subscription.
The WT Channel was first intended just as a device to record what I found. Now it serves as a repository (if temporary) to nudge librarians, archivists, historians, teachers, and other interested folks to further explore Youtube and other video repositories for their long-term value. Already one WT channel viewer, Joan Hood, has since begun her own channel, Joan's Texas Women Channel, to collect videos exclusively on that topic which I wouldn't be able to do as well at http://www.youtube.com/user/JoanHood1 .
Actually, I encourage you to start your own channel, if not so much to produce your own videos, but to collect along special lines.
And tell me where to go and what to do when I get there! It's a broad prairie with only slow rolling hills. I could use some talk and thought.
See the whole shebang at http://www.youtube.com/willstexana