"Lone Star Historian 2" is a blog about the travels and activities of the State Historian of Texas during his second year. Bill O'Neal was appointed to a two-year term by Gov. Rick Perry on August 22, 2012, at an impressive ceremony in the State Capitol. Bill is headquartered at Panola College (www.panola.edu) in Carthage, where he has taught since 1970. For more than 20 years Bill conducted the state's first Traveling Texas History class, a three-hour credit course which featured a 2,100-mile itinerary. In 2000 he was awarded a Piper Professorship, and in 2012 he received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Wild West Historical Association. Bill has published over 40 books, almost half about Texas history subjects, and in 2007 he was named Best Living Non-Fiction Writer by True West Magazine. In 2013 he was awarded an honorary Doctor of Letters degree by his alma mater, Texas A&M University - Commerce.
During the past week - Friday, January 10, through Thursday, January 16 - I've had the pleasure of addressing three out-of-town women's groups. Last Friday I drove to the Longview Community Center to participate in a lunch meeting of the Longview Women's Forum. My invitation came from Becky Reid Supercinsky, a retired teacher of Gifted and Talented Students. Becky and I went through school together in Corsicana ISD, where her mother was a teacher. Becky and I were close friends and after lunch she introduced me to the audience.
|Introduced by Becky Supercinski|
The following day, Saturday, my wife Karon was able to travel with me to Center, where I had been asked to present a program to the William Carroll Crawford Chapter of the Daughters of the Republic of Texas. My invitation came from Judy Lee, a former student and current colleague at Panola College. Karon, also a Panola College faculty member, sat with Judy and other former students of mine. There are 106 DRT chapters, and as State Historian I always feel privileged to meet with DRT members.
|With Judy Lee|
|Henderson UDC members|
|With Shelley Rardin (left) and Elaine Ross of Carthage|