"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.
|Thursday board meeting|
|First Baptist Church|
|Panel: L to R: Michael Collins, Mary Scheer|
Dan Utley, and Light Cummins
After lunch we gathered in the handsome 1909 courthouse, recently restored through the Texas Historical Commission courthouse program. Inside the courtroom we were regaled with a delightful history program about Rains County by Cay House, former mayor of Emory and a descendant of Emory Rains. We toured the nearby A.C. McMillan African American Museum, under the guidance of Ted And Gwen Lawe (McMillan was Gwen's father and a longtime principal).On the outskirts of town we toured the Rains County Heritage Center, a collection of historic buildings from the area. On Friday evening we enjoyed a reception and banquet at our hotel. ETHA Vice President Mary Scheer presided, and Ted Lawe provided the address.
|We met in the handsome courtroom.|
The final event of our meeting was the Spring Awards Luncheon, held at the Emory Civic Centre. ETHA President Gene Preuss presided, and the Lucille Terry Award for historical architectural preservation was given to Grant and Faith Harris, proprietors of the Liberty Bell Wine Bar in downtown Nacogdoches. We departed Emory with memories of an especially delightful Spring Meeting.
|Part of the doll collection at the|
A.C. McMillan Museum
|Farm house at the Heritage Center|
|Point cotton gin scales building at the Heritage Center|