Largest of $24,000 in Prizes Bestowed for Education
DENTON, Texas—The Texas State Historical Association (TSHA) distributed $24,000 in prizes to recipients of six awards and five research fellowships, and announced new Fellows of the Association during the TSHA Annual Meeting attended by more than 700 historians on March 6-8, 2014, in San Antonio.
Drawing on more than a century of scholarship, the Association proudly calls attention to outstanding education, research, and writing on all aspects of Texas history through the annual awards.
The Board of Directors of TSHA, the longest continually running historical organization in Texas, elected two new Fellows: Cary Wintz, Ph.D. of Texas Southern University and Donald Frazier, Ph.D. of McMurray University. Both have shown exceptional aptitude for historical investigation in their many publications. They join the distinguished ranks of Texas authors who have been named TSHA Fellows that include T. R. Fehrenbach, J. Frank Dobie, Harry H. Ransom, and Walter Prescott Webb.
Randolph “Mike” Campbell, Ph.D., Chief Historian of the Association, announced five of the six annual awards. He began with the Coral Horton Tullis Memorial Prize, awarded to the best book on Texas published in 2013, which went to Jason Mellard of Austin for Progressive Country, published by The University of Texas Press.
Honoring the best book on any aspect of pre-1900 Texas history published in 2012 – 2013, the Kate Broocks Bates Award was bestowed on Raúl Coronado, Ph.D., from the University of California, Berkeley for A World Not to Come: A History of Latino Writing and Print Culture, published by Harvard University Press.
The Ron Tyler Award for Best Illustrated Book on Texas History and Culture, an award funded by the Summerlee Foundation, was given for a book dealing with Texas history and using special visual applications such as photography and reproduction of historic paintings. The award went to co-authors Jim Parsons and David Bush, both of Houston, for Fair Park Deco: Art and Architecture of the Texas Centennial Exposition, published by Texas Christian University Press.
The newest TSHA award, the Al Lowman Memorial Prize, instituted in 2013 to honor the longtime contributions of TSHA Fellow, Al Lowman, honored the best book on Texas county and local history. The first recipient was Ignacio Garcia, Ph.D., of Brigham Young University for When Mexicans Could Play Ball, published by The University of Texas Press.
To honor the best article to appear in the Southwestern Historical Quarterly in 2013, the H. Bailey Carroll Award was bestowed on Megan Benson, Ph.D., for “Railroads, Water Rights, and the Long Reach of W.A. East v. Houston and Texas Central Railroad Company (1904),” which appeared in the January 2013 volume of the Quarterly.
The Mary Jon and J. P. Bryan Leadership in Education Award, given to recognize and honor the outstanding history teacher in Texas at the middle school, high school, and college levels, was presented by the award’s funder, J. P. Bryan. With the largest monetary prize of the TSHA awards, $5,000, the Bryan Award had always been given to just one educator annually. This year Bryan announced that the award was being given jointly to Patricia Ritchie of Fort Worth and to Mary Scheer, Ph.D. of Lamar University and that the award prize would expand this year to provide both recipients with the full prize amount.
Campbell continued with announcements of the Association’s five research fellowships. The first, the Catarino and Evangelina Hernández Research Fellowship in Latino History, awarded annually for the best research proposal relating to the history of Latinos in Texas, went to David J. Cameron for his research project “Sacred Resistance: Mexican American Evangelicos in the Brazos Valley of Texas.”
The Fellowship Award Committee received twenty applications for the remaining research scholarships. The Mary M. Hughes Research Fellowship in Texas History for the best research proposal on twentieth-century Texas history was awarded to Thomas Kreneck, Ph.D., former Associate Director for Special Collections & Archives and Lecturer at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, for his project to conduct research for a biography of John J. Herrera, a Houston Attorney, LULAC leader, and twentieth-century American civic activist.
Brandon Aniol, from the Institute of Texan Cultures in San Antonio, earned the John H. Jenkins Research Fellowship in Texas History for the best research proposal having to do with Texas history for his project, “The Theilepape Brothers and the Socio-Political Art Movement of German-Speaking Immigrants in Texas, 1807-1877.”
The Cecilia Steinfeldt Fellowship for Research in the Arts and Material Culture is awarded for the best research proposal on decorative and fine arts, material culture, preservation, and architecture in Texas from the seventeenth century to the present. This year, the fellowship went to Charles Lawry, Ph.D. of Champlain College for his research project: “Razing the House: An Ethnographic Study on Prada Marfa.” Just a year ago, the Steinfeldt committee announced the attainment of their fund-raising goal to permanently endow the fellowship that was established in 1996 to honor Cecilia Steinfeldt.
The Lawrence T. Jones III Research Fellowship in Civil War Texas History, given for the best research proposal having to do with Texas History and the Civil War, was awarded to Matthew Stith, Ph.D., of University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, for his research project: “The Nature of War: Environment and Civil War in Texas.”
“We are delighted to honor these stellar historians, educators, and writers whose work continues to enrich the history of the Lone Star State and to inspire others. Announcing each year’s new Fellows, and the award and fellowship recipients is one of my greatest pleasures as TSHA’s Chief Historian,” Campbell concluded.
Founded as a private, nonprofit educational organization on March 2, 1897, and housed at the University of North Texas, the Texas State Historical Association 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.
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