"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.
|TCU doctoral student Kendra DeHart presenting on Friday|
|Texas Ranger panel: Chuck Parsons, Harold Weiss,|
and Donaly Brice at podium
|Ann Dixon in costume reading a letter from an|
officer's wife at Fort Lancaster in 1857
During his presidential address, "The Celebration of Public History," J. Tillapaugh stated his definition and enthusiastic support of Public History. In a surprise announcement, Dr. Tillapaugh revealed the creation of the "Tillapaugh Public History Fund" through the Permian Basin Area Foundation. His generosity elicited a lengthy standing ovation from a most appreciative crowd. I attempted to express the gratitude of the WTHA to the outgoing president, after which I announced next year's meeting in Amarillo, on April 9 , 10 and 11, 2015. As we adjourned, 28 members boarded a bus for a tour of historic sites of Odessa.
|Dinner at the Petroleum Museum|
|Jay Burns (second from right) of Odessa Permian High|
School and his UIL Social Studies Team
|David Murrah presenting his fascinating|
views on West Texas historians
|David Murrah presents new WTHA fellows Jim Matthews|
(above) and Allen Anderson (below)
|Debbie Lilies, doctoral student at UNT, receives|
Ernest Wallace Research Grant.
|Dr. Tillapaugh presents Presidential Address.|