"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.
|Entrance to the Southwest Collections|
|With Tai Kreidler|
|Student assistant Kaitlin Dickson digitizing a newspaper|
|Approach to the Ranch Heritage Center|
While in Lubbock I drove to the Ranch Heritage Center, an internationally famous tourist attraction. I am a longtime member of the RHC, and this museum and collection of historic ranch structures was one of the highlights for participants of the Traveling Texas History courses which I conducted for 20 years at Panola College. I viewed the current exhibits, took a quick look at the ranch buildings, and visited the gift shop – Cogdell’s General Store – where I gratefully autographed several of my books that were offered for sale.
|Cogdell's General Store|
|More than 50 Westerners attended the banquet.|
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