"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.
More than 70 youngsters crowded into the Education Room at the Sammy Brown Library. There was much to share with them, and their eager, enthusiastic response was a testimony to the lasting appeal of the Texas cowboy – riding horseback, roping, eating at chuck wagons, living on ranches. And I made it clear that young ladies born on ranches shared this colorful lifestyle. The boys and girls enjoyed themselves – but the State Historian enjoyed himself even more!
The Social Studies Summit attracted more than 150 teachers and the Region 7 Oak Room was packed. I provided a handout I had developed and a lot of materialmost of which could be used in their classrooms. We had a lot of laughs, and the hour passed quickly. I had the pleasure of seeing several former students who now are teachers. Sherry Walker Parker long taught Texas history at Tatum, but she graduated from Carthage High School and she has moved back to CHS as a teacher of economics. Sherry told me that she misses Texas History, and our discipline will be richer if she is able to return to her favorite subject someday. Sherry was kind enough to take my camera and photograph the Texas Cowboy program.
|Cheri Hood, Region 7 Social Studies Specialist|
|With Dr. Charles Taylor, a dynamic presenter and a|
former Panola College colleague