Lamar University News release:
Wooster to edit Gulf Historical and Biographical Record
Saturday, November 28, 2009
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