AUSTIN, Texas — The Texas Historical Foundation recently awarded its Journalistic Achievement Award for Excellence in Historic Journalism to the Southwestern Historical Quarterly. The Quarterly is the leading scholarly journal of Texas history and has been published continuously by the Texas State Historical Association (TSHA) since its founding in 1897. The TSHA is based at The University of Texas at Austin.
The award was presented at the 2000 Annual Texas Historical Foundation “History in the Making” dinner. The event was part of this year’s Annual Historic Preservation Conference, which was held May 4-6 in San Antonio. The conference is hosted by the foundation, along with the Texas Historical Commission and Preservation Texas.
Joe M. Bridges of Houston, chairman of the awards committee, said the award, presented in recognition of a long and outstanding history of publishing original research and previously unpublished materials, honors excellence in the field of print media for both publications and journals.
According to Bridges, the award was particularly presented to honor two articles from the past year’s issues: “The Journal of Col. Eduard Harkort, Feb. 8-July 17, 1836,” by Louis E. Brister (ed.), which appeared in the January 1999 issue. Brister teaches at Southwest Texas State University in San Marcos. David R. Hoffman edited “A German-American Pioneer Remembers: August Hoffmann’s Memoir,” in the April 1999 issue. The memoir includes a never before published firsthand account of the Battle of Nueces. Hoffman, who is the great-grandson of August Hoffman, is the retired director of the State Library of Pennsylvania and lives in Harrisburg, Pa.
William C. Foster, who serves on the TSHA Executive Council, also was honored. Foster received the Deolece Parmelee Award in recognition of his book, The La Salle Expedition to Texas: The Journal of Henri Joutel, 1684-1687, which the association published. Foster is an independent scholar of Texas history, and a partner in the Washington, D.C., law firm of Patton Boggs, L.L.P.
For more information about the association, visit its website at http://www.tsha.utexas.edu.