H. BAILEY CARROLL
L OCAL history with a Texas flavor was the order of the day at
the 1952 meeting of the American Association for State
and Local History held in Houston on October 22-25
under the auspices of the Harris County Historical Society, the
Texas State Historical Association, and the San Jacinto Museum
of History Association.
After a day of registration and a meeting of the council, the
first session opened in the South American Room of the Rice
Hotel on October 23 with Dr. Henry Maresh, president of the
Harris County Historical Society, presiding. L. R. Bryan, Jr.,
president of the Second National Bank of Houston and treasurer
of the San Jacinto Museum of History Association, greeted the
delegates and gave a brief history of the city of Houston. Mrs.
Roy L. Arterbury, president of the board of trustees of the
Houston Public Library, added her greetings. A history of the
Texas oil industry was presented by Charles A. Warner, author
of Texas Oil Since z543 and vice-president of the Houston Oil
Chancellor James P. Hart of The University of Texas presided
at the luncheon meeting, at which J. W. Sartwelle of Houston,
president of the Port City Stockyards, spoke on the Paddock
Ranch and Ross Maxwell, superintendent of the Big Bend
National Park, talked on the nation's newest and largest national
Displayed at this meeting were photographs of the Big Bend
made by Henry B. DuPont of Wilmington, Delaware, one of the
foremost exponents of the Big Bend.
Dr. Albert B. Corey, president of the American Association
for State and Local History, presided at the editorial council
meeting on Thursday afternoon.
A chance to visit a real cattle ranch and to taste real Texas
barbecue was a high point of the meeting for many visitors.
Herbert Gambrell, president of the Texas State Historical Asso-
ciation, served as "foreman" at the ranch party and barbecue at
Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 56, July 1952 - April, 1953. Austin, Texas. The Portal to Texas History. http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth101145/. Accessed July 10, 2014.