Arts and Humanities

Gov. Bush and Lt. Gov. Bullock purchase 1848 Sam Houston letter for UT's history center

July 10, 1998

An historically valuable letter written by Sam Houston in 1848 has found its way back to Texas thanks to Gov. George W. Bush and Lt. Gov. Bob Bullock.

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Texas fashion -- unforgettable, unmistakable

July 1, 1998

Cotton, cattle, oil, politics and Neiman Marcus take center stage at a new exhibit at the Texas Memorial Museum, a fashion show billed as unmistakably Texas. Where else could you find a split skirt, a pair of snake-proof boots and a gal leg spur in the same room with a presentation gown from the Tyler Rose Festival?

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Life of Texas oil man J. R. Parten subject of new biography

June 19, 1998

J. R. Parten, a small-town East Texas boy who grew up to lead one of the most remarkable careers in the 20th century, including service as chairman of The University of Texas System Board of Regents, is the subject of a new biography published by UT's Texas State Historical Association and the Center for American History.

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San Antonio's Camille Buffalo named repeat winner of UT Austin's Barbara Jordan Historical Essay Competition

April 21, 1998

Camille A. Buffalo, a senior in Virginia Gallegos' class at William H. Taft High School in San Antonio, won first place for the second consecutive year at the Third Annual Barbara Jordan Historical Essay Competition for her essay titled, "The Buffalo Soldiers: Trailblazers of Texas and the Western Frontier." Buffalo received $2,500 and a gold commemorative trophy at an awards ceremony Friday (April 17) at The University of Texas at Austin.

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Maya historian Linda Schele dies

April 20, 1998

University of Texas at Austin scholar Linda Schele, a major figure in the decipherment of Maya hieroglyphic writing and the study of ancient American civilization, died on April 18th in Austin at the age of 55 from pancreatic cancer. In a 25-year period, Schele produced a large number of important works on ancient Maya art, culture and writing.

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