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Southwestern Historical Quarterly
The Association's Ninety-Fifth annual meeting will be held at the
Fairmont Hotel in Dallas, March 7-9, 1991. We are all looking forward
to being back in the Dallas-Fort Worth area-we were last there in
1985-so mark it on your calendar now. John Crain, chairman of the
program committee for the Dallas meeting, has helped us pull together
a fine program of twenty-eight sessions.
Every other year when we meet out of Austin, we feature sessions
that relate to the locale. Dallas is one of the most fascinating-and per-
haps one of the most stereotyped and misunderstood-cities in Amer-
ica. One session titled "Dallas: Dreams and Visions" will focus on the
grand schemes and dreams that have fired imaginations from the days
of Dallas's pioneer founders to today's corporate citizens. One moment
when the dream went awry was the dreadful day when President John F.
Kennedy was assassinated on the streets of Dallas. "The Sixth Floor:
An Inside View" will examine, from an historical perspective, the still
sensitive subject of the assassination and its impact on Dallas. Conover
Hunt, the project director and curator of the museum located in the
former Texas School Book Depository, which was Lee Harvey Oswald's
sniper's nest, will discuss how the planners of the permanent historical
exhibit developed the Sixth Floor museum so that it balanced local and
national attitudes about Kennedy's life, death, and legacy. James W.
Pennebaker, a professor of psychology at Southern Methodist Univer-
sity, will discuss the psychological impact of the assassination on Dallas,
and what he refers to as the community's continuing emotional denial
of the event. Pennebaker will also analyze some fascinating data that
indicate, in the years following the assassination, Dallas experienced
significant increases in deaths due to heart disease, suicide, and murder
when compared to other cities in Texas and the U.S. Apparently, there
were also telling changes in voting patterns, in donations to charitable
causes, and other social factors. Another session on Dallas will focus on
"Powers Behind the Throne in Dallas," a look at some of the well-known
and unknown individuals who had an enormous impact on Dallas,
often working from behind the scenes to direct the city's development.
Although there will be other sessions that relate to Dallas and North
Texas, the annual meeting will, as always, feature sessions that cover a
broad range of topics and interests. Among them are documentary
photography in Texas in the 193os and 1940s and Texas soldiers in
three wars (the Texas Revolution, the Mexican War, and the Civil War).
Early baseball in Texas, black social and cultural history in the nine-
teenth century, and cowboy music, poetry, and storytelling will all be
featured at the meeting. Whether your historical interests lean toward
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