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OFFICERS

Stephen C. Cook, President

Houston

Stephen CookStephen C. Cook has served TSHA for the past ten years as the chair of the Handbook Committee and for two years as the chair of the Finance Committee. He and his wife Allyson, a former TSHA Board member, were active in the initiation of the Handbook of Texas Online in 1999, which broadened the reach of the Association and helped attract foundation support for the Digital Gateway. Cook’s great-grandfather, Guy M. Bryan Sr. (a nephew of Stephen F. Austin), was a charter member of TSHA in 1897 and also a TSHA Fellow. Cook is president and CEO of Fieldstone Partners, a private equity and financial advisory firm based in Houston. He is a founder of the Foundation for Amigos de las Américas, supporting a Latin American youth service organization, and served on the board of the San Jacinto Museum Association for fifteen years. He also served on the boards of Rice University and the Baylor College of Medicine. He is an honors graduate of Princeton University and Harvard Business School.

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Paula Mitchell Marks, First Vice President

Austin

Paula Mitchell MarksPaula Marks, retired Professor of American Studies at St. Edward’s University, received her doctorate from the University of Texas with concentrations in U.S. women’s history, history of the American West, and American literature. Her dissertation research on nineteenth-century San Antonio residents Samuel and Mary Adams Maverick, published as the dual biography Turn Your Eyes Toward Texas, was awarded TSHA’s Kate Broocks Bates Award and the Texas Historical Commission’s T. R. Fehrenbach Award. Among her other publications, she co-wrote a Texas history textbook. Dr. Marks has served on the boards of the Western Writers of America and the Texas Institute of Letters. She has worked as a consultant and special exhibit curator with the Bullock Texas State History Museum, and she has served as an associate dean, acting dean, and program director at St. Edward’s. In 2013, she received the national Association of Graduate Liberal Studies Programs Faculty Award for graduate teaching. She is a TSHA Fellow, active in the organization for three decades.  Her current research interests include public history and Texas women’s history.

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Sarita Hixon, Second Vice President

Houston

Sarita HixonSarita Armstrong Hixon of Armstrong and Houston, serves as a County Commissioner of Kenedy County. Proudly following in the footsteps of her mother, Ambassador Anne Armstrong, Ms. Hixon was appointed to fill her mother’s position as a County Commissioner and was re-elected to the office. For over 150 years, her family has owned The Armstrong Ranch—a working ranch in Kenedy County, where Ms. Hixon grew up and which she now co-manages. Ms. Hixon serves on the board of trustees of the Texas State History Museum Foundation, the Friends of the Texas Historical Commission and the Houston Hospice. Ms. Hixon was appointed to the Texas Historical Commission in 2005 and served until 2011. She is a former Chairman of the San Jacinto Museum of History Association and currently serves on their advisory board. She also previously served on the San Jacinto Historical Advisory Board, and on the board of trustees of the Friends of Communities in Schools in Houston. A graduate of the University of Texas at Austin, she received her law degree from Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law. She served as a law clerk for the Honorable Owen D. Cox, United States District Judge, Southern District of Texas and was an associate attorney with the Houston law firm of Andrews & Kurth, LLP.

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Lynn Denton, Past President (2015)

Austin

Lynn DentonLynn Denton is the Director of the Public History Program in the Department of History and Associate Professor of History at Texas State University. The program prepares graduate students for public history careers in historic preservation, historic site interpretation, and museum and archives management. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin and her research focuses on collectors and collecting, material culture, and representation and the mediation of meaning in museums. Dr. Denton is the founding director of the Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum in Austin and is an active member of the Philosophical Society of Texas, the National Council on Public History, American Association for State and Local History, American Alliance of Museums and Texas Association of Museums.

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John Miller Morris Jr., Secretary (2016-2019) Second Term

Austin

John Miller MorrisJohn Miller Morris is a native Texan, an award-winning author, and a Professor of Geography at the University of Texas at San Antonio. A Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of Texas at Austin, Morris also attended the University of Vienna and Moscow State University. He specializes in the historical geography of the Greater Southwest. A member of the Texas Institute of Letters, he is the author of five books, including El Llano Estacado and the recent Taming the Land. Dr. Morris lives in Austin in an old Victorian house.

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BOARD MEMBERS

Jessica Brannon-Wranosky (2015-2018) Second Term

McKinney

Jessica Brannon-WranoskyJessica Brannon-Wranosky is an associate professor of history at Texas A&M University-Commerce. She received her Ph.D. in history from the University of North Texas. Dr. Brannon-Wranosky specializes in women, gender and sexuality history and digital humanities applications. Her work has appeared in a number of regional and national academic journals, anthologies, and a variety of online digital publications and exhibits. Her most recent publications include Impeached: The Removal of Texas Governor James E. Ferguson, A Centennial Examination coedited with Bruce A. Glasrud, (Texas A&M University Press, forthcoming 2017), and essays by her in Texas Women/American Women: Their Lives and Times (University of Georgia Press, 2015)—a 2016 winner of the Liz Carpenter Award, Discovering Texas History (University of Oklahoma Press, 2014), and This Corner of Canaan: Essays on Texas in Honor of Randolph B. Campbell (University of North Texas Press, 2013). Dr. Brannon-Wranosky has received several awards for her research including TSHA’s John H. Jenkins Award in 2015 and the Texas Oral History Association’s Best Article Award in 2016. She is currently working on a book project that examines southern state legislatures’ regulation of sexuality, sexual violence, and women’s reproductive health from 1870-1975.

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H. Scott Caven Jr. (2016-2019)

Houston

Scott CavenH. Scott Caven Jr. is a senior relationship manager and head of Atlantic Trust's Houston office, with more than 45 years of experience in the financial services industry. Scott's primary responsibilities include overseeing the firm's client service and new business efforts for the Texas region. Prior to joining the firm in 2003, he held a number of positions with Goldman, Sachs & Co. in Dallas and Houston, including vice president and regional manager for Houston, south Texas and Mexico. Scott earned a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Texas at Austin and a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Texas School of Law. Previously, he served as chairman and as a member of the board of regents of the University of Texas System and also chairman of the board of directors of the University of Texas Investment Management Co. (UTIMCO), one of the largest university system endowment funds in the U.S..

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James H. Clement Jr. (2015-2018) Second Term

Dallas

James H. Clement Jr.James H. Clement Jr. graduated in 1979 from the University of Texas at Austin with a MBA in Finance and in 1976 from Tulane University with a B.A in Economics. He then held various positions with First City National Bank of Houston (including the Corporate Finance department and, ultimately, the Petroleum and Minerals group). In 1984, he joined King Ranch, Inc., a multinational agribusiness and energy company, where he attained the title of VP/Treasurer. From 1989 until today he has acted in the capacity of an independent financial consultant. Since 1992 he has served on the board of King Ranch, Inc. and from October 1994 until May 1995, Mr. Clement acted as interim CEO of King Ranch, Inc. during its search for a full time CEO. From 1999 until today he has served as Chairman of the Board of King Ranch, Inc. He serves on the boards of King Ranch, Inc.; Chairman of the Management Council of the King Ranch Institute for Ranch Management (a graduate degree program at Texas A&M University-Kingsville); Houston Trust Company; Mr. Clement was appointed by Gov. William P. Clements to the University System of South Texas (system for Texas A&I now Texas A&M- Kingsville) and also served on development board of Pan American University (now UT- Pan American). He is a past member of the board of directors of Episcopal School of Dallas, Chair of the Tom Lea Institute, President’s Council of Texas A& M Kingsville, Madison Council of the Library of Congress, Advisory Board of the University Texas Press and the San Antonio Academy Board of Trustees.

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W. Marvin Dulaney (2016-2019) Second Term

Arlington

Dr. W. Marvin DulaneyDr. W. Marvin Dulaney is an Adjunct Professor of History, Interim Director of the Center for African American Studies, and former chair of the Department of History at the University of Texas, Arlington. He is a graduate of Central State University in Wilberforce, Ohio, where he earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in History, magna cum laude. He earned his Master of Arts and Doctor of Philosophy degrees in American and African-American history at the Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio. In addition to teaching at UTA for eighteen years, he has taught at Central State University, Ohio State University, and St. Olaf College in Minnesota. From 1994 to 2008, he served as Executive Director of the Avery Research Center for African American History and Culture and Director of the African American Studies Program at the College of Charleston in Charleston, South Carolina. His most recent publications are: "Julia Scott Reed: Presenting Truth about African Americans in Dallas," in Cole, Sharpless, and Turner, eds., Texas Women: Their History, Their Lives (2015) and “African Americans” in Struggle and Success: African Americans in Texas (2016).

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David A. Gravelle (2014-2017) Second Term

Dallas

David A. GravelleDavid A. Gravelle is currently the Vice Chairman of the Texas Historical Commission.  A Commission member since 2001, he serves as Chair of the Organizational Excellence/Strategy Committee, the Marketing Communications Committee and leads the legislative effort. A native Texan, Gravelle is the owner of Gravelle Branding/Marketing, a branding consultancy. He was the founding partner of Richards/Gravelle, advertising and public relations agency and from 1975-1986 he was Director of Marketing for MCorp, a Texas-based bank holding company. A U.S. Army veteran, Gravelle's military career includes over 30 military parachute jumps. He has climbed Mts. Rainier and Shuksan, made a sunrise ascent of Mt. Fuji and completed an Outward Bound survival course.

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Kay Bailey Hutchison (2015-2018)Second Term

Dallas

Kay Bailey HutchisonKay Bailey Hutchison is a business woman and public servant with more than 40 years of experience in the public and private sectors. She is senior counsel at Bracewell LLP. In January 2013, she stepped down from twenty years in the US Senate, representing the state of Texas. She served in the Senate leadership, having been elected Chairman of the Republican Policy Committee, the fourth-highest ranking Republican Senator. She was also elected Chairman, Board of Visitors of U.S. Military Academy, West Point, 2012. Prior to her Senate service, Senator Hutchison was elected Texas State Treasurer in 1990 and to the Texas House of Representatives in 1972. She was the first Republican woman elected to that body. She served in the Texas House until 1976 when she was appointed by President Gerald Ford to serve as vice-chairman of the National Transportation Safety Board. In 2013, the Dallas City Council voted to name its Convention Center the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center Dallas and the University of Texas established the Kay Bailey Hutchison Center for Energy, Law & Business. Also that year, her legislation, the Spousal IRA was named for her. Senator Hutchison is an acclaimed author, her most recent book, Unflinching Courage: Pioneering Women Who Shaped Texas was released in 2013. She has published two bestsellers - Leading Ladies: American Trailblazers (2007), and American Heroines: The Spirited Women Who Shaped Our Country (2004).

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Mary Margaret McAllen (2016-2019) Second Term

San Antonio

Mary Margaret AmbersonA seventh generation Texan with roots deriving from Spanish and Mexican traditions, Mary Margaret McAllen was raised on a South Texas cattle ranch belonging to her family since 1790. She writes the history of the region viewed though the families of South Texas and notable military, political, and community leaders and told against the backdrop of the social, economic and political history of the Lower Rio Grande Valley. A graduate of the University of Texas at Austin with a B.A. in English and M.A. in History from the University of Texas at San Antonio, she assisted in compiling the New Handbook of Texas. Her first book, I Would Rather Sleep in Texas, began with research conducted by her grandmother, Margaret H. McAllen and her father James A. McAllen. It won the San Antonio Conservation Society Publication Award. Her newest book, A Brave Boy and A Good Soldier: John C. C. Hill and the Texas Expedition to Mier, tells the 1842 biography of a young Texan captured in battle and later adopted by Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna.

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Richard B. McCaslin (2014-2017) Second Term

Denton

Richard McCaslinRichard B. McCaslin, a professor at the University of North Texas, is the author of Tainted Breeze: The Great Hanging at Gainesville, Texas, October 1862 (LSU, 1994), which won the Tullis Prize and an AASLH commendation. He also wrote Lee in the Shadow of Washington (LSU, 2001), which was nominated for a Pulitzer and received the Laney Prize and the Slatten Award. Another of his books, At the Heart of Texas: One Hundred Years of the Texas State Historical Association, 1897-1997 (TSHA, 2007), earned the Award of Merit from the Philosophical Society of Texas. He has also produced A Soldier’s Letters to Charming Nellie (U of TN, 2008) and Fighting Stock: John S. "Rip" Ford in Texas (TCU, 2011), which won the Bates Award and the Pate Award. His other works include The Last Stronghold: The Campaign for Fort Fisher (McWhiney Foundation, 2003), and three volumes in the Portraits of Conflict series (U of Arkansas)--on South Carolina (1994), North Carolina (1997), and Tennessee (2007), which won the Freeman Award.

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John Miller Morris Jr. (2016-2019) Second Term

Austin

John Miller MorrisJohn Miller Morris is a native Texan, an award-winning author, and a Professor of Geography at the University of Texas at San Antonio. A Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of Texas at Austin, Morris also attended the University of Vienna and Moscow State University. He specializes in the historical geography of the Greater Southwest. A member of the Texas Institute of Letters, he is the author of five books, including El Llano Estacado and the recent Taming the Land. Dr. Morris lives in Austin in an old Victorian house.

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Nancy Painter Paup (2014-2017)

Fort Worth

Nancy Painter PaupNancy Painter Paup of Fort Worth is a fundraising consultant with more than twenty-five years experience in fund development. A Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE), she has worked with a variety of institutions in the areas of donor development, corporate and foundation relations, marketing, strategic planning, and family philanthropy. Formerly, she was Corporate Relations and Membership Manager of the Amon Carter Museum of American Art. Currently, she serves as Campaign Vice-Chair of TSHA's "A Future For Our Past" fundraising campaign. In 2013, Paup was appointed by Governor Perry and confirmed by the Texas Senate to serve on the Board of Regents at Texas Woman’s University for a six-year term. She is a former board member of the Texas Woman’s University Foundation. In addition, she currently serves on the Board of Trustees for Schreiner University in Kerrville. Paup completed her Bachelor of Science and Master of Education from Texas Woman’s University and has done post-graduate work at Abilene Christian University. A 2003 graduate of Leadership Texas, she is a member of Jewel Charity, Inc., Junior League of Fort Worth (Sustainer), Leadership Fort Worth Alumnae Association, and First Presbyterian Church Fort Worth.

Monica Perales (2016-2019)

Houston

Monica PeralesMonica Perales, Ph.D., is an associate professor of history at the University of Houston and is also the Associate Director of the Center for Public History at UH. Her research and teaching interests include Chicana/o labor and social history, immigration, oral history, and food history. Dr. Perales has received several fellowships, including the 2009 Women's Studies Faculty Summer Fellowship, and was the 2006-2007 Summerlee Fellow in Texas History at the William P. Clements Center for Southwest Studies at Southern Methodist University. Dr. Perales has served on the boards of the Urban History Association, the Labor and Working Class History Association, and Humanities Texas, the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities,. She received a B.A. in Journalism and M.A. in History from the University of Texas at El Paso and her Ph.D. in history from Stanford University. An award-winning author, Dr. Perales’ first book, Smeltertown: Making and Remembering a Southwest Border Community received the 2010 Kenneth Jackson Award for Best Book from the Urban History Association. Her article, "Fighting to Stay in Smeltertown," was named best article by the Oral History Association in 2008. She is currently working on a book manuscript on Mexican women, labor, and food in the US Southwest in the 20th century.

Thomas R. Phillips (2014-2017)

Austin

Thomas R. PhillipsThomas R. Phillips is a lawyer in the Austin office of Baker Botts L.L.P., concentrating in appellate litigation and alternative dispute resolution. A native of Dallas, Phillips earned a B.A. from Baylor University in 1971 and a J.D. from Harvard Law School in 1974. After serving as a law clerk to Texas Supreme Court Justice Ruel C. Walker and practicing law in Houston, he was a district judge in Harris County from 1981-88 and Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Texas from 1988-2004. After leaving the bench, he taught law school for one year in Houston and in Dallas before returning to private practice. Phillips served on the Texas Historical Commission from 2005-12 and has been a longtime director of the Texas Supreme Court Historical Society. He and his wife, Lyn, lived for many years in an antebellum home in Bastrop, where he served on the board of the county historical association. They have two sons and three grandchildren.

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Jean A. Stuntz (2016-2019) Second Term

Canyon

Jean StuntzJean Stuntz earned her BA and JD from Baylor University and Baylor Law School and her MA and PhD from the University of North Texas. She specializes in the history of Texas women especially in the Spanish era and in West Texas. Her first book, Hers, His, and Theirs: Community Property Law in Spain and Early Texas, is a trans-Atlantic study of laws regarding women. It won the Presidio la Bahia Award and the Texas Old Missions and Forts Restoration Association Award for the Best Book on Spanish Texas and was a runner-up for the Liz Carpenter Award for the Best Book on Texas Women. Stuntz has chapters in Texas Women on the Cattle Trails and Women of the Texas Revolution, which each won the Liz Carpenter Award. Stuntz has presented several times at the Texas State Historical Association, the Western Historical Association, the Southern Historical Association, and the American Historical Association, and more. She teaches Texas history, Women's history, and Spanish Borderlands among other classes at West Texas A&M University.

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Alan Tully (2016-2019)

Austin

Alan TullyAlan Tully, Ph.D, joined the University of Texas at Austin Department of History as the Eugene C. Barker Centennial Professor of American History in 2002. His scholarly field is Early American History. Before coming to the University of Texas, Dr. Tully was Head of History, Coordinator of the International Student Initiative for the Faculty of Arts, and Dean of Arts at the University of British Columbia. He received his Ph.D. in History at Johns Hopkins University. Dr. Tully has written two well-known books on colonial political culture, William Penn's Legacy: Politics and Social Structure in Provincial Pennsylvania, 1726-1755 (The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1977) and Forming American Politics: Ideals, Interests, and Institutions in Colonial New York and Pennsylvania (The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1994). He and Texas colleague Robert Olwell have co-edited, Cultures and Identities in Colonial British America (The Johns Hopkins University Press, 2006, revised edition, 2015).

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Homero S. Vera (2015-2018)

Premont and Sarita

Homero S. VeraHomero S. Vera is the Chief Ranch Property Officer for the Kenedy Memorial Foundation Ranch and serves concurrently as the Museum Coordinator of the Kenedy Ranch Museum of South Texas. A native of Premont, he attanded Texas A&I University and now lives in Sarita.  Vera has been a regional historian since 1997 when he began editing and publishing El Mesteño Magazine, a publication about the history of the Mexican-Americans of South Texas and Northern Mexico. An eighth generation Tejano, Vera is descended from the early Spanish settlers of Nuevo Santander on the Rio Grande River in Cd. Mier from the 1750s. His family has been into ranching since that time. They moved to Duval County in the late 1850s where they established ranches in the southern part of the county.

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Emilio Zamora (2015-2018)Second Term

Austin

Emilio ZamoraEmilio Zamora is a professor in the Department of History at The University of Texas at Austin. He specializes in Mexican American history, Texas history, oral history, and transnational (U.S./Mexico) working class history. His latest publications are Claiming Rights and Righting Wrongs in Texas, Mexican Job Politics during World War II and Beyond the Latino World War II Hero: The Social and Political Legacy of a Generation (co-edited with Dr. Maggie Rivas-Rodriguez). Zamora has served as the Vice Chair of the advisory board of the Mexican American Cultural Center (MACC, Austin), and a member of the advisory board of the Hispanic Texas History Project, a statewide archival collection program with the Recovering the U.S. Hispanic Literary Heritage Project based at the University of Houston. Zamora also serves as a Fellow of the Texas State Historical Association and as a Fellow of the Barbara White Stuart Centennial Professorship in Texas history at The University of Texas.

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Brian Bolinger, Chief Executive Officer, Ex-Officio

Denton

Emilio ZamoraBrian Bolinger earned a B. A. in History at DePauw University while lettering in varsity football each year. He attended Midwestern State University in Wichita Falls, where he earned a M. S. in Kinesiology and was named graduate student of the year. He then received a J.D. from the Indiana University School of Law. Bolinger has an extensive business background with several years in senior management where he has taken leadership roles in strategic planning to build strong business models that led to success. He draws on considerable skills in contract negotiation, human resources, team building, and customer services. In addition, Bolinger has demonstrated remarkable success in the non-profit sector serving the Vascular Birthmark Foundation for 11 years and a member of the board of directors since 2007. The annual fundraiser he created in 2003, Angel’s Kiss, became the VBF’s largest annual benefit program. He and his wife Natalie reside in Dripping Springs, TX and have two children.

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Randolph "Mike" Campbell, Chief Historian, Ex-Officio

Denton

Emilio ZamoraRandolph "Mike" Campbell was born in Charlottesville, Virginia, in 1940 and received a Ph.D. in History from the University of Virginia in 1966. He became a faculty member at the University of North Texas in 1966 and currently holds the Lone Star Chair in Texas History at that institution. His major publications include An Empire for Slavery: The Peculiar Institution in Texas, 1821-1865 (1989); Sam Houston and the American Southwest (1993); and Grass-Roots Reconstruction in Texas, 1865-1880 (1997). His most recent major publication is Gone to Texas, A History of the Lone Star State, published by Oxford University Press in 2003 (2nd edition in 2012).

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J. P. Bryan, Honorary Life Board Member

Houston

J. P. BryanJ. P. Bryan and his family have had years of involvement with the Texas State Historical Association and the history of Texas. His uncle, Guy M. Bryan was a founder and Secretary and served on the Board from 1897-1901. His father was President from 1965-1967, and J. P. was President from 1982-83. Recently he raised pledges of $750,000 to fund the Lone Star Chair in Texas History at the University of North Texas, to which he and his wife are contributors. He has raised more funds for the TSHA than anyone in its history. Bryan was first introduced to the TSHA by former TSHA Director, H. Bailey Carroll, for whom he served as a grader while attending The University of Texas in pursuit of his law degree. He is also the founder, chairman and chief executive officer of Torch Energy Advisors Incorporated (TEAI) of Houston. In addition to his positions at Torch, Bryan has been actively involve in the oil and gas industry for more than 35 years.

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Walter L. Buenger, Honorary Life Board Member

College Station

Dr. Walter BuengerDr. Walter Buenger received his Ph.D. from Rice University in 1979 and began teaching at Texas A&M University soon after. In addition to serving as chair of the history department, he teaches courses in U.S. history, the history of the South, and Texas history. His own area of research focuses on comparative border studies, the South, and Texas since 1820. He was elected a Fellow of the Texas State Historical Association in 2000. The author of numerous books and articles, he was awarded the Coral H. Tullis Award in 200 for his book, The Path to a Modern South: Texas between Reconstruction and the Great Depression. He is currently working on a project researching the relationship between history and memory in Texas after 1820. A native of West Texas, Beunger served as TSHA President in 2009-2010.

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John W. Crain, Honorary Life Board Member

Dallas

John CrainJohn W. Crain of Dallas is President and CEO of the Summerlee Foundation. He is a Life Member of the TSHA Board of Directors and a past President, having served as the Association's 60th president from 2004-2005. Crain also serves as the Vice-Chair of the Texas Historical Commission and is chair of the Antiquities Advisory Board. Crain serves as an ex-officio member of the Sixth Floor Museum. He is also an advisory director of the Clements Center at SMU and the Friends of the Texas State History Museum. Crain has also served as President of the Texas Map Society. He received a bachelor's degree from the University of Texas and a master's degree from Southwest Texas State University. Crain holds a Certificate in Arts Administration from Harvard University, a Certificate in Museum Management from the University of California at Berkeley, and is a graduate of the Endowment Institute. He has continued to be a member of a number of learned and honorary societies, including the Philosophical Society of Texas, the Phillip Lee Phillips Society of the Library of Congress and the Sons of the Republic of Texas, Thomas J. Rusk Chapter in Dallas.

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