~ West Texas Historical Association ~
Summary of WTHA Annual Meeting- Midland, Texas
The West Texas Historical Association held its 77th annual meeting on Friday and Saturday, March 30th and 31st, 2000, in Midland, Texas. he Tall City was the host site for the first time since 1994. Much like that meeting the 2000 conference was a success. In spite of the rain or because of it 150 people attended nine sessions that were held in the Holiday Inn headquarters hotel. Registration began at 12:30 pm.
Caption: B. W. Aston addressing his audience.
The program committee made up of Cindy Martin, chair, Marisue Potts, Cynthia Savage and Becky Matthews put together a program featuring 28 papers. The meeting also showcased a plenary session that reviewed the history and significance of West Texas. A silent book auction was held for the enjoyment of the attendees. A large crowd of 125 turned out to attend the Friday night banquet and to hear Robert Flynnís colorful and entertaining examination of growing up in Chillicothe, Texas. The success of the Midland meeting is directly attributable to the work and diligence of the one-person local arrangements committee- Cynthia Savage.
The meeting pioneered something new in the affairs of the Association. In a true East-meets-West encounter the East Texas Historical Association organized and presented a session on East Texas history. With a contingent led by Archie McDonald, the ETHA Executive Secretary, the session presented three papers. As a part of a reciprocal agreement the WTHA presents a session at the Fall 2000 ETHA meeting in Nacogdoches.
Overview of the Sessions and Events
The Friday afternoon program included five sessions: Sessions 1 and 2 were held from 1:15-2:30 pm, Sessions 3 and 4 were held from 2:45-4:00 pm, and Session 5 was held from 4:00-5:00 pm.
Session 1 was chaired by Martin Kuhlman from West Texas A&M. The session was entitled "The Historic JA Ranch," had 38 in attendance, and included the following papers:
Session 2 was chaired by Carey Behrends from the Pesidential Museum in Midland. The session was entitled "Preserving the Heritage of West Texas," had 42 in attendance, and included the following papers:
Session 3 was chaired by Troy Solis from Sul Ross University. The session was entitled "Ranching in West Texas," had 35 in attendance, and included the following papers:
Session 4 was chaired by Betty Orbeck from Midland. The session was entitled "Trails and Trade Between Mexico and West Texas, Old and New," had 45 in attendance, and included the following papers:
Session 5 was chaired by Darlene Bellinghausen, WTHA President, from Knox City. The session was entitled "West Texas History: Looking Back, Looking Forward," had 83 in attendance, and included the following papers:
Presidentís Reception and Banquet. The Presidentís Reception was held in the Texas Deck B room at the Holiday Inn. Darlene Bellinghausen, Association President, presided at the Banquet. Dr. Robert Flynn of San Antonio presented a paper entitled "Miracles in Chillicothe." He was introduced by Dr. Kenneth Davis. Darlene Bellinghausen adjourned the session.
The Saturday morning program consisted of 4 sessions: Sessions 6 and 7 were held from 8:30-10:30 am, and Sessions 8 and 9 were held from 10:15-11:30 pm.
Session 6 was chaired by Alwyn Barr from Texas Tech University. The session was entitled "African Americans in West Texas," had 30 in attendance, and included the following papers:
Session 7 was chaired by J'Nell Pate who was substituting for Kirk Bane. The session was entitled "Exploring and Settling West Texas," had 56 in attendance, and included the following papers:
Session 8 was chaired by Don Willett, President of ETHA. The session was entitled "Greeting from East Texas: Joint Sessions with the East Texas Historical Association," had 40 in attendance, and included the following papers:
Caption: Jorge Iber presenting his paper on Bobby Cavazos.
Session 9 was chaired by Lynn Whitfield from Texas Tech University. The session was entitled "West Texas Personalities," had 33 in attendance, and included the following papers:
Noon Lunch and Business Meeting
Darlene Bellinghausen presided over the noon luncheon and business meeting. Tom Crum gave the invocation. 120+ people were in attendance and the following business was handled by the membership.
Crum presented the following resolution to the
Crum moved that the Association accept and include this resolution. The membership approved the resolution.
The financial and state of the association report was given by Tai Kreidler.
For the membership report, Cynthia Savage provided a review on the price of dues and submitted the recommendation of the board to increase dues $5 for all membership categories except for Sponsoring, Life and Student. The membership approved the recommendation.
The following awards were presented during the business session:
Mildred Sentell, chair, and Ken Davis of the Nominating Committee placed in nomination the following officers for election:
The recommendations were accepted by the membership. The following is a complete list of the officers and board members for 2000-2001:
Clint Chambers, newly elected president, introduced Darlene Bellinghausen who gave her presidential address entitled, "Our Legacy: Learn from the Past, Preserve the Present, and Imagine the Future." Bellinghausen provided a review of the last 25 years of the WTHA.
Chambers announced that the 2001 annual meeting would be held in Wichita Falls, Texas. Midwestern State University offered to host the conference. Chambers then adjourned the meeting.