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2011 Annual Meeting Highlights

Camino Real HotelMarch 3–5, 2011
Camino Real Hotel
El Paso
, TX

The 115th Annual Meeting was held at the historic Camino Real Hotel at 101 South El Paso Street in El Paso, March 3–5, 2011. Coinciding with various centennial commemorations connected to the Mexican Revolution, which began in 2010, the El Paso meeting offered an excellent opportunity to meet near places that will be discussed in many of the sessions.

Chaired by Joseph G. Dawson, the Program Committee constructed an excellent meeting program with sessions on all aspects of Texas history. In addition to the Centennial of the Mexican Revolution, 2011 marks the 175th anniversary of Texas independence, and the sesquicentennial of the beginning of the American Civil War. Heavy interest in sessions dealing with those subjects occurred.

Kent Calder, Sam Moore, Dianne Powell, and Jack Niland straddle the boundary of the U.S. and Mexico at International Boundary Number One in El Paso.

The local Arrangements Committee, chaired by J. Sam Moore Jr., planned meeting events with 2010-2011 TSHA President Dianne Powell, and with Ellen Temple and Stephanie Cole, co-chairs of the Women in Texas History Luncheon Committee. Events teemed with opportunities for special presentations, viewing unique El Paso venues, bidding on auction items, and acquiring new or rare Texas history books.

Sam Moore appeared on the Leon Metz KTSM Radio Show on January 8. Leon Metz interviewed him about the Annual Meeting. Hear a short excerpt from the show. (Open in Windows Media, Quicktime, or iTunes)

Liz Carpenter and Ellen Temple, courtesy Humanities Texas

For the Women in Texas History Luncheon on Thursday, Ellen Temple began the program with a history of the Liz Carpenter Award for Research in Texas Women’s History. Michael L. Gillette, Executive Director of Humanities Texas, followed with a special tribute to the late Ms. Carpenter using material from the archives of the LBJ Library and Museum.

Thursday’s Presidential Reception to welcome 2011-2012 President Merline Pitre was held at the El Paso Museum of History. The History Museum showed a major exhibit of original documents and maps from the Archivo General de Indias in Seville entitled Three Centuries of Spanish Presence in the United States of America and held over portions of its exhibit The Other Side of the Mexican Revolution--El Paso.

Adair MargoJohn Mason HartAttendees at the Book Lovers’ and Texana Collectors’ Breakfast on Friday heard Adair Margo expound on the works of Tom Lea--the noted muralist, illustrator, artist, war correspondent, novelist, and historian who hailed from El Paso--and works of José Cisneros--the renowned artist and illustrator whose family was displaced by the Mexican Revolution. At noon, the Fellows Luncheon and Presentation of Awards recognized significant contributors to the study of Texas history. After the presentations, noted Mexican History scholar John Mason Hart of the University of Houston presented a talk on The Mexican Revolution and Texas.

Evan SmithDianne PowellDianne Garrett Powell, the 2010-2011 President, planned a special presentation at the El Paso Museum of Art for Friday’s Presidential Banquet, when the Association honored her accomplishments. She presented Evan Smith of The Texas Tribune to talk on The Disconnect: Priorities and Resources in 21st Century Texas. After Saturday’s sessions ended, an optional tour of El Paso sites that figured in the Mexican Revolution led by David Romo will concluded the meeting.

El Paso Museum of Art, courtesy El Paso CVB

In the famous Dome Bar at the Camino Real Hotel, co-auctioneers Lonn Taylor and Light Cummins held a Live Auction on Friday afternoon. The Silent Auction ran March 3 and 4. Recent publications by some of the leading publishers of history and rare books were sold in the exhibit area throughout the meeting.

For more information, please contact TerriKillen@TSHAonline.org or (940) 369-5200.

Future Annual Meetings are already being planned for Houston in 2012 and Fort Worth in 2013.