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Annual Fund Donors 2010-2011

Dear Texas History Lover,

I had the good fortune to grow up on a South Texas cattle ranch with a father who was passionate about Texas history and our family's heritage. In an age before satellite television and the internet, having an entertaining parent with a gift for story telling was a boon. My late father, Tobin Armstrong, was a seemingly bottomless reservoir of astonishing true stories about our ancestors and their roles in Texas history. His vivid tales brought Texas history to life for me and his enthusiasm for the subject was infectious. Years later the appreciation for Texas history he engendered in me influenced my decision to join the Texas State Historical Association – the state's oldest and most respected historical organization.

Sarita Hixon

As a member of the Texas State Historical Association Board of Directors for the past five years, I have been intimately involved in the challenges the organization has recently faced. Due to overwhelming support of TSHA members and friends and the hard work of the board and staff, the Association is now thriving at its new home at the University of North Texas, and I am confident it is on the road to a successful future as one of the most dynamic state history organizations in the country. We have a stable and dedicated staff that is working on many exciting initiatives especially in the realms of technology, e-commerce, and digital publishing. We are well along in our fundraising for the Lone Star Chair in Texas History, and we are securing funding to continue our wide array of education programs that reach out to teachers and students throughout the state.  These programs provide opportunities for students to develop and hone research, writing, and presentation skills that will not only help them to understand the importance of Texas history but that will also serve them well in all that they do throughout their lives.

Because I believe so strongly in the value of the Association's mission and in the direction it is heading, I have offered to serve as chair of this year's Annual Fund. The Annual Fund provides crucial support for the operations of the Association and is a vital component of each year's development effort. Please join me in supporting the Association by making a donation to the 2010-2011 Annual Fund. Gifts of any amount are appreciated. If each member and friend were able to contribute $50, the Association would raise over $120,000. Your generous contribution ensures that Texans and individuals worldwide will continue to have access to over 25,000 articles on the Handbook of Texas Online free of charge, the latest TSHA publications in print or in electronic format, and most importantly, that the teachers and students of Texas receive the necessary materials and education to keep the appreciation of Texas history alive.

Donations to the Annual Fund will be accepted by mail, online at supporttexashistory.org, or by phone at (940) 369-5200. To mail in donations, please utilize the return address envelope enclosed. To give a gift of securities, real estate or other nonmonetary items, please call the Association at the number above. All gifts to the Annual Fund are tax-deductible and will be recognized by the Association.

I want to remind you that the 175th Anniversary of the Texas Revolution is taking place next year and we must ensure that students across the state understand the relevance of the events that transpired. Thank you for your support of Texas history. I encourage you to share your passion with family, friends and neighbors and to support the TSHA Annual Fund.

Sincerely,

Mrs. Sarita A. Hixon
2010-2011 Annual Fund Chair

Member, TSHA Board of Directors