"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.
Last year I was privileged to deliver the keynote address at the San Jacinto Monument on San Jacinto Day. It was a memorable occasion, and there was an enthusiastic response to my remarks. I was introduced to the audience by Bob Hixon, Chairman of the San Jacinto Museum of History Board of Trustees. Following the ceremony, Bob invited me to speak at the next San Jacinto Day Dinner held annually by the San Jacinto Foundation. The event was scheduled for Tuesday evening, April 21, 2015, at the Houston Country Club.
As the crowd began to arrive, Karon and I visited with people we met last year at the San Jacinto Monument, and we were introduced to many other supporters of the San Jacinto History Museum. Nearly 300 men and women attended the San Jacinto Day Dinner, which is a major fundraiser for the San Jacinto Museum, generating over $200,000 each year. I was seated beside Larry Spasic, President of the San Jacinto Museum who delivered the address at the Monument earlier in the day. Also seated at our table were several members of the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department, including Executive Director Carter Smith. Representing the TPWD, Carter Smith accepted an award from the San Jacinto History Museum Board of Trustees. The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department works with the San Jacinto Historical Advisory Board to preserve and protect the San Jacinto Battleground State Historic Site, Monument, and Museum. Indeed, recently the TPWD has acquired 12 additional acres for this site, located adjacent to the south end.
|With Carter Smith|
|With Chad Muir|