"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.
|Early-Bird Dinner at Youngblood's|
|WTHA Board meeting|
|Past president Marisue Potts presenting to a SRO crowd of 50|
|Paul Matney and Tai Kreidler|
On Friday morning we gathered at Dutton Hall on the campus of Amarillo College. Dr. Paul Matney, an Amarillo native who recently retired after 35 years at Amarillo College as faculty member, administrator, and president, made arrangements for us to hold Friday and Saturday sessions on campus, along with Friday’s Women’s History Luncheon and Saturday’s Awards and Business Lunch. Dr. Matney extended a formal welcome to us, and he was present throughout Friday and Saturday, attentive to any need we might have.
|With Robert Hall and Lynn Whitfield at Registration Table|
In the same manner, Dr. and Mrs. Garry Nall of Amarillo were co-chairs of the Local Arrangements Committee. Gary is an Emeritus Professor of History at West Texas A&M University, and a Lifetime Board Member of the WTHA. His charming and gracious wife, Annette, is a consummate hostess. Annette was at every event, working quietly but constantly for the convenience of everyone. Many people noticed and thanked Annette for her many courtesies. She responded to me with a smile and typical grace: “If people have a wonderful time at a party or event, it’s because the people who attend are wonderful!”
|The 1905 Bivins House|
|Bill and Karon in the main hall|
|Reception in the Bivins dining room|
|Friday night dinner crowd at Polk Street Methodist Church|
Saturday morning began with one of the highlights of the 2015 meeting. Everyone assembled in the original auditorium of Amarillo College, in Ordway Hall, for a session entitled: “A Prof’s Prof: A Timely Tribute to Paul Howard Carlson and His Versatile Body of Work.” Dr. Carlson is a retired professor from Texas Tech, a master teacher and a prolific author who long has been a mainstay of the WTHA. His former colleague, David Murrah, chaired the session, and former students of Carlson presented programs: Susan Dickey, “Paul Carlson: The Young Teacher and Military Historian”; Leland Turner, “Paul Carlson: Ranching Historian”; Scott Sosebee, “Paul Carlson: Native American Historian”; and Monte Monroe, “Paul Carlson: Editor and Mentor.” These presentations featured personal anecdotes, and Paul delivered an emotional response.
|Introducing Friday night speaker Bill Neal|
|Bill ("Period") Neal|
|QPT Arrow at Quanah|
|Chief Quanah descendant Bruce Parker|
Shortly after we adjourned, Robert Hall began a final field trip, scheduled to conclude at the restored Charles Goodnight House and Visitor Center in the little community named for the legendary cattleman. But Robert already is planning 2016 field trips around Abilene, starting with a tour of frontier forts. Come and join us next April!
|Presenters at Paul Carlson tribute: (l to r)|
Monte Monroe, Scott Sosebee, Leland Turner,
David Murrah, Susan Dickey
|Bill and former State Historian Light Cummins|
with student attendees and past president Keith Owens
|Saturday lunch crowd|
|Paul Carlson presenting new WTHA Fellows:|
Suzanne Campbell, Sylvia Mahoney, and Travis Roberts