The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 56, July 1952 - April, 1953 Page: 459
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the Paddock Ranch about thirty miles northwest of Houston near
Cypress, Texas. Paddock ranch hands gave a demonstration of
cattle branding and quarter horse racing. After the barbecue, the
delegates gathered around a campfire to listen to Harry H. Ran-
som, associate editor of the Southwestern Historical Quarterly,
professor of English, and associate dean of the University of Texas
Graduate School, discourse on Texas folklore and Texas history.
The Texas weather, always unpredictable, did its bit to add to
the spirit of Dean Ransom's talk; during his remarks, a Texas
norther blew in, causing his audience to move nearer to the bon-
fire. The mood of the evening was made complete by the charm-
ing and talented Marilyn Bronson of Austin, radio singer and
University of Texas student, who presented a program of folk
songs, accompanying herself on her guitar.
The educational centers of Houston were explored on Friday.
At the morning meeting in the Fondren Library of Rice Institute,
Clifford L. Lord, director of the State Historical Society of Wis-
consin, presided. Dr. William Dix, Rice Institute librarian,
greeted the guests, and the program consisted of talks on manu-
scripts and history by Justin Turner, president of the National
Society of Autograph Collectors; on the historical society and
the public by Louis C. Jones, director of the New York State
Historical Association; and on the American History Research
Center by George M. Waller, chief of the center. Dr. Joseph W.
Schmitz, member of the Texas State Historical Association's ex-
ecutive council and professor of history at St. Mary's University
in San Antonio, presided at the luncheon in Oberholtzer Hall of
the University of Houston. After President W. W. Kemmerer of
the University of Houston presented his greetings, F. T. Fields,
senior publication assistant of the Humble Oil and Refining
Company, discussed the use of local history in The Humble Way,
and Mrs. Elithe Hamilton Kirkland, author of Divine Average,
folklorist, and radio scriptwriter, told how a novelist charted the
Opelousas Trail, which ran through the environs of present
At the Friday dinner in the Ben Milam Hotel, a round-table
discussion of American Heritage was held with Howard H. Peck-
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