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Summary of the WTHA Annual Meeting- Canyon, Texas

The 85th annual meeting annual was held on April 3-5, 2008, in Canyon, Texas.

Registration:  Registration began at noon on Friday and was ongoing until 4:30 p.m. The first session begans at 1:00 p.m. on Friday and concluded at 12:30 p.m. on Saturday.

Program:  Presented in 14 sessions were 40 papers and includes the participation of members of the East Texas Historical Association, the Texas Oral History Association, and the Center for Big Bend Studies.

The 2008 Program Committee was made up of the following members:  Jean Stuntz, Marty Kuhlman, and Robert J. Hall.

Facilities:  All sessions were held the Old Main building at the West Texas A&M campus.

 Session Breakdown
Thursday's schedule, April 3, 2008
  • Early Bird Reception and Dinner from 5:00-7:00 p.m., at Feldman's Wrong Way Diner at 1701 5th Avenue, Canyon, Texas
  • Speaker Jared Diamond, WTAMU Distinguished Lecture, 7:00-8:00 p.m.

Friday's schedule, April 4, 2008

  • Panhandle Plains Historical Museum Tour from 8:30-11:30 a.m.
  • WTHA Board meeting in the Board of Regents Room of the Old Main Building
  • Registration began at noon on the second floor of the Old Main Building at the West Texas A&M
  • The Silent Book Auction ran from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. in room 214 of the Old Main Building

Session I:  1:00 p.m.  –  2:15 p.m.

Room 203 - Ranching and the College Farm, Shirley Eoff, San Angelo, presiding
1 David Nichols McBride Ranch Headquarters:  Its History and Its Enduring Story, Gary L. Lindsey, Lubbock
2 Correspondence between Cornelia Adair and Timothy Dwight Hobart, 1915-1921, Bill Green, Canyon
3 Out there on that Old Cow Pasture: Life on the West Texas State Teachers College Farm, Matt Spangler, Canyon
Room 209 - Technology and Innovations in West Texas, Pat Clark, Lubbock, presiding
1 Harbingers on the Plains: Wind Turbines and the Dawning of a New Age in Texas Energy History, Kregg Fehr, Canyon
2 Doodlebugs: Motor Trains in West Texas, Bob Burton, Snyder
3 Frank Ford: A Natural Food Man in the Cowboy West, Jim Matthews, San Antonio

Session II:  2:30 p.m.  –  3:45 p.m.

Room 203 - A Panel Discussion:  "Beyond the Alamo: How Do Other Artists, Architects, and Artworks Exemplify the Iconic Texan West?”, Lynn Whitfield, Lubbock, presiding Chairperson
  Panel Members:  Robert Reitz, Oak Cliff (Frank Reaugh); Troy Ainsworth, El Paso (Henry C. Trost: Architect of El Paso); and Holle Humphries, Lubbock (Luis Jiménez)
Room 209 - Natural History and Calamities in West Texas Historical vs. Present, Cheryl Lewis, Hamlin, presiding
1 Flora and Fauna of Llano Estacado,. Christena Stephens, Sundown
2 The Rocksprings Tornado: Devastation, Heroism, and Aid, Aaron Riley, Lubbock
3 Seven Year Drought of the 1950's and the Texas sheep and goat industry, John Caraway, Cisco

Session III:  4:00 p.m.  –  5:15 p.m.

Room 203 - Capturing West Texas History and Photography, Holle Humphries, Lubbock, presiding
1 Ranch Portals: An Aesthetic Evolution, Robin Clark, Mason
2 People and Portraits: Cultural Geography in Real Time, Monica Hurtado, Laredo
3 Elevations, Darvin Harrison, Lubbock
Room 209 - West Texas Women: Myth Busters, Bronc Busters, and More! Marty Kuhlman, Canyon, presiding
1 Jane Gilmore Rushing, Revisionist of Western Myth, Lou Rodenberger, Baird
2 Founding Mothers of Deaf Smith County, Tracy Stewart, Hereford - Winner for Best Student Essay
3 West Texas Women in Ranching: Myth and Reality, Jean Stuntz, Canyon
  • The President's Reception began at 6:00 p.m. at the Panhandle Plains Historical Museum.
  • Dinner started around 7 p.m., President Travis Roberts, Jr., Marathon, presiding
  • Presentation: The evening program began at 8:00 p.m. with guest speaker Robert J. Mallouf on "Riders of the Rim Rock: Horse Nomads in the Big Bend During the 18th Century"

Saturday's schedule, April 5, 2008

  • Registration ran from 8:00-11:00 a.m. in the Old Main Building at the West Texas A&M
  • The Silent Book Auction hours ran from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.

Session IV:  8:15 a.m.  –  9:30 a.m.

Room 203 - Medicine Mound, Spider Rock, and Water, Jake Sheffield, Burleson, presiding
  1 Medicine Mound: A Look at Our Past, Myna Potts, Medicine Mound
  2 Mining the History and Mysteries of Texas, Bill Townsley,

Generations Apart, Water in Common, Rusty Hawkins, Amarillo

Room 209 -  WASPS; Communists; , Heather Soyka, Lubbock, presiding
  1 WASP (Women`s Air force Pilots) and the Avenger Field in Sweetwater, Marina Nemir, Sweetwater
  2 The Red Scare at West Texas State, Marty Kuhlman, Canyon

Session V:  9:45 a.m.  –  11:00 a.m.

Room 203 - Germans in West Texas, Gene Preuss, Houston, presiding
  1 When Patriotism Turns Ugly:  Anti-German Sentiment in Runnels County, Texas, 1917-1920, Shannon Sturm, San Angelo
  2 Völkerwanderung:  German emigrants in San Angelo, Texas, Amy Fields, San Angelo
  3 The German Freethinkers in West Texas: Their quest for a better life, Doris Miller, Hobbs, New Mexico
Room 209 - East Texas Historical Association Session, Beverly Rowe, Texarkana: President ETHA, presiding
  1 The Heritage of Texas Country Music: A Musical Connection Between East and West Texas, Bill O’Neal, Carthage
  2 W.E. Penn: The Apostle of Texas, Joe Early, Williamsburg, KY
Room 219 - Big Bend Borderlanders, Gerald Raun, Alpine, Presiding
  1 American Red Cross Activities at the Battle of Ojinaga, December, 1913 – January, 1914, Glenn Willeford, Alpine
  2 Title TBA, John Klingemann, San Angelo
  3 Title TBA, Ruben Osorio, Chihuahua

Session VI:  11:15 a.m.  –  12:30 p.m.

Room 203 - Joint Session - Center for Big Bend Studies
  1 Myers Springs, Pictographic Images of Native American and Spanish Cultural Exchange, Reeda Peel
  2 A Turtle Effigy Petroform in West-Central Brewster County, Texas Tech University, Richard Walter, Alpine
  3 San Esteban Rockshelter: Historic Rock Art on the Chihuahua Trail, Roger Boren, Alpine
Room 209 - Phi Alpha Theta, Matt Spangler, Canyon, presiding
  1 The 1939 Re-Run of the Pony Express, Kay Neal, Canyon
  2 Feminism in Latin America: Lessons of War, Hillarie Easley-McPherson, Canyon
  3 Fly Girls of World War II, Lindsay French, Canyon
Room 219 - Violence, West Texas Style, Travis Roberts, presiding
  1 A Shooting in Sanderson, Chuck Parsons, Luling
  2 A Shooting Near Presidio, Pat Parsons, Luling
  3 One Ranger, Alpine Style, Mildred Sentell, Snyder
  • The Lunch and Business meeting took place from 12:45-2:15 p.m. in the Hazelwood Hall of the Museum, WTAMU. Out going WTHA President, Travis Roberts, presented, "The Trans-Pecos Region, A Review of 500 Years of Its People, Its Places, and Its History"
  • An afternoon tour of Palo Duro Canyon with Jean Stuntz as host followed. Dinner was at Feldman's Diner, 1701 5th Avenue

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Picture This!

Holle Humpries, Monica Hurtado, and Robin Clark have the scenic view of Palo Duro Canyon as a backdrop for their group portrait.

Robert J. mallouf gave a presentation with archaeological evidence slides on "Riders of the Rim Rock: Horse Nomads in the Big Bend During the 18th Century."

 Glen Ely and Wes Sheffield catch up.

Bruce Glasrud presenting Arnoldo DeLéon his Fellows award.

Outgoing president Travis Roberts gives his exit address to a packed room.

More photos from the 2008 meeting can be found here.

2008 program cover:   The natural geological structure known as "The Lighthouse" is located in Palo Duro Canyon just west of Canyon, Texas. The Lighthouse is a fine example of West Texas wind and water erosion which forms many interesting and unusual formations in the Canyon.