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2009 Annual Meeting Highlights

The Texas State Historical Association
One Hundred and Fourteenth Annual Meeting

March 26-28, 2009

Austin, Texas

Palmer Events Center

Make plans now to attend the Texas State Historical Association's 2009 Annual Meeting at the Palmer Events Center in Austin, Texas located at 900 Barton Springs Road overlooking Lady Bird Lake (formerly Town Lake).

Hotel Rooms Blocks with special rates for TSHA are available at three nearby hotels. Shuttle service will be available continuously between the three hotels and the Palmer Events Center for the duration of the meeting and events.

Topics for the thirty-three sessions will range from oil to water, Texas music to religion in Texas, and Texas Democrats to Texas Republicans. Also scheduled are the Handbook of Texas workshop, the Quarterly and publications workshops, and the business meeting.

Begin the festivities at noon on Thursday, March 26, with the Women in Texas History Luncheon. At the start of the luncheon, First Lady Anita Perry will discuss progress on the restoration of the Texas Governor’s Mansion as a result of destruction by fire last year. Dealey Herndon, State Preservation Board project manager for the Mansion restoration, will join Mrs. Perry in addressing the attendees. Afterwards, the Liz Carpenter Award will be presented and Paula Mitchell Marks will give a scholarly presentation. On Thursday evening, Texas A&M Press and the Texas A&M History Department will co-host the Presidential Reception to welcome incoming TSHA President Walter Buenger.

Start the day on Friday, March 27, with the Book Lovers’ and Texana Collectors' Breakfast featuring Rick McCaslin in an engaging talk about amassing a noteworthy collection. At noon, the Fellows Luncheon and Presentation of Awards will recognize accomplishments in the field of Texas History. In addition, the Webb Society Annual Meeting will take place Friday afternoon. After the Friday afternoon sessions, join fellow TSHA members for the Presidential Banquet honoring outgoing President Frances B. Vick.

Throughout the meeting additional opportunities abound. Join in the lively bidding at the Silent Auction of Tours and Texana, which includes private tours, rare books, maps, and objects. More recent publications by some of the region’s leading publishers of history will be for sale in the exhibit hall throughout the meeting.