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Texas Independence Relay 2015

Team TSHA 2015 at San JacintoTeam TSHA completed the 2015 Texas Independence Relay on March 28 – 29, 2015, to benefit TSHA's Handbook of Texas.

Covering 200 miles from Gonzales to the San Jacinto Battleground, Team TSHA ran day and night for 27 hours and 40 minutes. 

There is still work to be done. We are close to achieving our fundraising goal and need your help to cross the finish line. We invite you to join Team TSHA in supporting Texas history.

Pledge or donate now to show your Texas pride.

Find out more about Team TSHA in the Texas Independence Relay.

Image of triumphant Team TSHA 2015 at San Jacinto by Ben Davis.



Board Selects Brian Bolinger Chief Executive Officer

Image of Brian A. BolingerBrian A. Bolinger was named the Chief Executive Officer of the Texas State Historical Association by the board of directors on October 11, 2014.

Selected after a national search, Bolinger’s appointment was unanimously approved by the board of directors. TSHA board members are an equal number of academics and non-academics united by a love of Texas history. Board members include board president John L. Nau III of Houston, president and CEO of Silver Eagle Distributors L.P.; Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison of Dallas, U.S. Senator 1993 – 2012; academics from major Texas universities, and business leaders and philanthropists spanning the state. A complete list of the board of directors and board member biographies are available.

TSHA president John L. Nau III expressed his confidence in Bolinger, saying, “On behalf of the Board, I welcome Brian to his new position as Chief Executive Officer of the TSHA. Brian’s experience in both startups and turn around corporate management provides the skills and leadership that are needed within today’s TSHA.”

The Association’s Chief Historian Randolph “Mike” Campbell introduced Bolinger with much enthusiasm. Campbell served on the search committee and stated, “Brian is intelligent and energetic, and he does not do anything halfway.”

Bolinger stated that he is honored to be chosen by the board of directors to lead the Association. "Along with a chance to work with Dr. Campbell and the Board, I look forward to opportunities to use proven business and non-profit strategies in furthering TSHA's objectives," he said. "I am excited to be associated with an organization so deeply involved with Texas history and hope to provide a solid foundation for building a bright future for TSHA."

A Texas resident for 14 years, Bolinger has an extensive business background. During his 16 years in senior management, he has taken leadership roles in strategic planning to build strong business models that led to success. He draws on considerable skills in contract negotiation, human resources, team building, and customer services. As an entrepreneur, he has provided management consultation to energy enterprises in the U.S. and Canada. Bolinger has served in senior management positions and has succeeded in building multi-million dollar electrical energy enterprises in the North Texas region, most recently with Apollo Power and Light in Denton.

In addition, Bolinger has demonstrated remarkable success in the non-profit sector serving the Vascular Birthmark Foundation for 11 years. Currently the international foundation’s vice-president, he has been on the board of directors for 7 years. The annual fundraiser he created in 2003, Angel’s Kiss, has become the VBF’s largest annual benefit program.

Originally from Elkhart, Indiana, Bolinger earned a B. A. in History at DePauw University while lettering in varsity football each year. He attended Midwestern State University in Wichita Falls, where he earned a M. S. in Kinesiology and was named graduate student of the year. He then received a J.D. from the Indiana University School of Law.

Bolinger has begun his full-time position leading TSHA. As Chief Executive Officer, he is responsible for representing the association at public and governmental functions, managing its personnel, leading strategic planning and other initiatives of the Board of Directors, and developing and implementing the association's annual budget and fund-raising activities.

Fellows Announced, Awards and Fellowships Given at 2014 Annual Meeting

The Texas State Historical Association announced new Fellows of the Association and distributed $25,000 in prizes to recipients of seven awards and five research fellowships at the Annual Meeting on March 6-8, 2014, in San Antonio.

FELLOWS Elected in 2014
Cary D. Wintz
Donald S. Frazier


Al Lowman Memorial Prize
Ignacio Garcia, When Mexicans Could Play Ball: Basketball, Race, and Identity in San Antonio, 1928-1945

The Mary Jon and J. P. Bryan Leadership in Education Award
Patricia Ritchie and Mary Scheer (two awards)

Liz Carpenter Award
Bruce Glasrud and Merline Pitre, Southern Black Women in the Modern Civil Rights Movement

Kate Broocks Bates Award
Raúl Coronado, A World Not to Come: A History of Latino Writing and Print Culture

Coral Horton Tullis Memorial Prize
Jason Mellard, Progressive Country: How the 1970s Transformed the Texan in Popular Culture

Ron Tyler Award
Jim Parsons and David Bush, Fair Park Deco: Art and Architecture of the Texas Centennial Exposition

H. Bailey Carroll Award
Megan Benson, “Railroads, Water Rights, and the Long Reach of W.A. East v. Houston and Texas Central Railroad Company (1904),” from the January 2013 volume of the Southwestern Historical Quarterly


Catarino and Evangelina Hernández Research Fellowship in Latino History
David J. Cameron

Mary M. Hughes Research Fellowship in Texas History
Thomas Kreneck

John H. Jenkins Research Fellowship in Texas History
Brandon Aniol

The Cecilia Steinfeldt Fellowship for Research in the Arts and Material Culture
Charles Lawry

Lawrence T. Jones III Research Fellowship in Civil War Texas History
Matthew Stith


New Webb Society Chapters

The Walter Prescott Webb Historical Society is proud to welcome our two newest chapters from McMurry University and the University of Houston – Main Campus. For more information on how to start a Webb Society chapter at your college or university, contact the Texas State Historical Association at