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2012 Annual Meeting Highlights

The Texas State Historical Association
One Hundred and Sixteenth Annual Meeting

March 1 - 3, 2012
Houston, Texas

Houston Skyline, Courtesy Houston CVBThe Texas State Historical Association's 2012 Annual Meeting was held March 1-3, 2012 at the Omni Houston Hotel in Houston, Texas.

The 117th Annual Meeting will be held February 28 - March 2, 2013 at the Worthington Renaissance Hotel in Fort Worth, Texas.

Darlene Clark HineKEYNOTE ADDRESS:  Texas Southern University hosted a keynote address by Darlene Clark Hine, the Inaugural Director of African American History at Northwestern University.  With a grant from Humanities Texas, the Keynote Address was FREE and open to the public. Dr. Hine will spoke on Civil Rights in Texas as she addressed "Rights of Citizenship: Black Texans and the White Primary Cases.” Prof. Hine focused on a breakthrough in Civil Rights that occurred in Houston as she described the steps and players in the 1944 U.S. Supreme Court decision in Smith v. Allright, a precursor to the 1965 Voting Rights Act. In discussing the roles of Thurgood MArshall and other NAACP attorneys, Prof. Hine illuminated the mobilization of black Texans to regain voting rights denied them. She demonstrated how each part of the African American community--from professionals to laborers--was essential to the struggle and victory.  Many of the events she described occurred in Houston’s Third Ward, where TSU is situated. Merline Pitre was instrumental in arranging the address by Dr. Hine and the venue at TSU.

Chaired by John Miller Morris, the Program Committee constructed an excellent meeting program with sessions on all aspects of Texas history, from before Spanish colonial rule though the 20th Century. Ever-popular workshops on the Handbook of Texas, TSHA Publications, and TSHA Educational Programs rounded out the sessions.

Torch Collection GalleryThe Local Arrangements Committee, co-chaired by Jan DeVault and Cary Wintz, planned meeting events with 2011–2012 TSHA President Merline Pitre. They launched the festivities at noon on Thursday, March 1, with the Women in Texas History Luncheon. On Thursday evening, the Presidential Reception, held at the Torch Collection, welcomed Watson Arnold as the 2012–2013 TSHA President. Following the Reception, the Keynote address at Texas Southern University was held.

Friday, March 2, began with the Book Lovers’ and Texana Collectors’ Breakfast. At noon, the Fellows Luncheon and Presentation of Awards recognized significant contributors to the study of Texas history. Following the afternoon sessions, the Graduate Student Mixer gathered graduate students and TSHA Fellows. Afterwards, the Presidential Banquet honored 2011–2012 President Merline Pitre and feature her presidential address.

Exhibit hall at 2011 meeting Throughout the meeting, recent publications by  the leading publishers of Texas and Southwest history and rare books were sold in the exhibit hall. The Texana Auction spanned three days, with the Silent Auction offering Texana items for bidding March 1-2. With the help of Heritage Auction Galleries, the Live Auction was held on March 3 at the Omni Houston Hotel amid lively bidding.

After the sessions ended at noon on Saturday, March 3, three optional tours of Houston concluded the meeting.