AUSTIN, Texas—Nearly $12,000 in prizes and fellowships in recognition of scholarship and leadership in Texas history was presented recently at the 105th annual meeting of the Texas State Historical Association. The March 1-3 meeting, held in Houston, was attended by 650 people and featured 36 sessions.
The TSHA is based at The University of Texas at Austin. Among the awards presented were: Dr. Gregg Cantrell of the University of North Texas won the Kate Broocks Bates Award ($3,000) for historical research in Texas prior to 1900 for his book, Stephen F. Austin: Empresario of Texas. Cantrell also received the H. Bailey Carroll Award ($500) for the best article in the Southwestern Historical Quarterly in 2000 for "A Matter of Character: Stephen F. Austin and The Papers Concerning Robertson’s Colony in Texas."
The Coral Horton Tullis Memorial Prize ($2,000) for the best book on Texas history in 2000 went to Dr. Ignacio M. Garcia of Brigham Young University for his book, Viva Kennedy: Mexican Americans in Search of Camelot. Garcia is a former journalist in San Antonio.
The Liz Carpenter Award ($1,000) for research in the history of women was presented to Ruthe Winegarten and Dr. Nancy Baker Jones, both of Austin, for their book, Capitol Women: Texas Female Legislators,1923-1999, published by the University of Texas Press. Bea Svambera of La Porte Junior High School received the Leadership in Education Award ($750), which honors an emerging leader who helps give young people an understanding of the American way of life.
The state’s oldest learned society, the TSHA has been preserving and sharing the rich history of Texas through publications and programs, since the organization’s founding in 1897.
For more information, contact: Leslie Y. Sharpe, development coordinator, TSHA, (512) 232-1524.