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Thursday, May 21, 2009

Light Cummins - Texas State Historian

Dr. Light T. Cummins will succeed Dr. Frank Jesus de la Teja as the official Texas State Historian.  The term is two years.
 
Congratulations!
Cummins holds the Guy M. Bryan Chair of American History at Austin College, where he is a Professor of History and has been a member of the faculty since 1978. A 1946 native Texan reared in San Antonio, he received his Ph.D. from Tulane University. He is a Borderlands specialist.  He has been a Fulbright Scholar to Spain and is the author of several books, including:
  • A Guide to the History of Louisiana (1982)
  • A Guide to the History of Texas (1988)
  • Texas: A Political History (1990)
  • Spanish Observers and the American Revolution (1992)
  • Louisiana: A History 4th Edition (2001)
  • Austin College: A Sesquicentennial History (1999)
  • Emily Austin of Texas: Sister to an Empire (2008)
  • United States History to 1877 (2006)
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    Other awards have included
    Appointment to the Stephen F. Austin Bicentennial Committee
    Appointment as director of the Center for Southwestern and Mexican Studies
    Becoming an Associate of the Danforth Foundation
    Becoming a Fellow of the Texas State Historical Association
    Becoming a Minnie Stevens Piper Professor.
    Receiving the Premio de España y America by King Juan Carlos I of Spain for his scholarly research dealing with the history of Spain and the United States
    Becoming a Kentucky Colonel for his work on the Mississippi Valley
    Receiving the Francisco Bouligny Prize for his publications dealing with Spanish colonial Louisiana 
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