What We Did
With the dawn of Spring came the busiest time of year for TSHA. Our 121st Annual Meeting took place March 2-4, 2017, in Houston, where more than 650 members gathered to attend sessions, win awards, and network with each other. While there, TSHA launched the Handbook of Houston, the first regional spin-off title from the Handbook of Texas, and announced the start of the Handbook of Texas Women project.
Springtime also marks the pinnacle of activity for K-12 students who participate in our education programs. Over 100 students met in Waco at the beginning of April at the 78th Junior Historians of Texas Annual Meeting, where they met and shared their work with other chapters. Additionally, after an entire academic year where nearly 67,000 Texas students worked on historical research projects, the top competitors in the Texas History Day program met in Austin on April 29th for the state contest.
75 Texas students advanced to the National History Day contest in Maryland over the summer, and six of these students went on to receive medals at the national competition by placing first, second, or third in their categories. All of these students worked hard throughout the year, and we’re proud of their efforts to promote historical knowledge.
Though summer ushered in a time of relaxation for some, TSHA was still hard at work planning for the next fiscal year and developing new initiatives. A big change came in the form of our new Chief Historian, Walter Buenger, Ph.D., who joined us from College Station as the Summerlee Foundation Chair in Texas History at UT. We also celebrated outgoing Chief Historian Mike Campbell, Ph.D., and we are eternally grateful for his dedication to TSHA during his tenure.
As the school year commenced once again, TSHA’s teacher workshops were already in full swing, as the Exploring Texas Workshop Series began in July. The Walter Prescott Webb Society was busy this Fall as well: their Fall Meeting took place in Austin, and collegiate members from across the state took part in visits and activities at the Texas State Library and Archives Commission, LBJ Presidential Library, and the Dolph Briscoe Center for American History.
TSHA’s 120th year also brought in the 120th year of publication for the Southwestern Historical Quarterly. Other publications made their mark as well: the third edition of Watt Matthews of Lambshead, a seminal work of Western photography by Laura Wilson, was released in October alongside the Texas Almanac 2018-2019, the 69th edition of the Almanac since its original publication in 1857.
There is much to be proud of this year, and we are grateful to all of our members and donors whose support ensures that these programs are possible. As our 120th year comes to an end, we ask you to consider making a donation to TSHA so that we can achieve our goal of raising $120,000 for our Annual Fund.
Why Give to TSHA?
The Annual Fund is crucial to sustaining the programs and publications that TSHA offers every year. Every year, Annual Fund donations help supplement a portion of our budget, allowing us to provide the best programming, publications and resources to our Membership and public at large. These gifts are vital to the financial viability of the Association and ensure that our Texas history resources will continue to thrive.
A large portion of our income relies on supporters like you: 14% of TSHA’s annual revenue comes from our constituents in the form of individual donations and membership fees. Your support ensures that TSHA can uphold its mission of bringing Texas history to the public.