The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 100, July 1996 - April, 1997 Page: 498
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Southwestern Historical Quarterly
With the centennial annual meeting of the TSHA still fresh in our
minds, we begin to look forward to the next century with the 1998
event, to be held March 5-7, 1998, once again at the Renaissance Hotel
in Austin. As usual the program committee, chaired this year by Vista
McCroskey, is hard at work putting together an interesting slate of ses-
sions that covers virtually every facet of Texas history.
Next year's meeting promises just as many fascinating events as this
year's: scores of history presentations, banquets, and guest speakers, auc-
tions of rare Texana, book exhibitions and signings, social events, and
receptions. Make plans now to help launch the TSHA's second century
by setting aside March 5-7 on your 1998 calendar.
Margaret Swett Henson is the president of the Texas State Historical
Association for 1997-1998. A longtime active member of the Association,
Margaret has published books with the TSHA and articles in the South-
western Historical Quarterly, in addition to serving as a TSHA Fellow and of-
ficer. Few people have contributed more to the Association, and we are
indeed privileged to have Margaret as our president for the next year.
Margaret Swett was born January 3, 1924, in Chicago, the only child
of Clara Kaufman Swett and William Claude Swett. She grew up in sub-
urban Glen Ellyn and graduated from Glenbard High School. In Sep-
tember 1941, she took the train to Austin and entered the University of
Texas as a Plan II student. She married fellow student W. A. "Bill"
Nowotny in 1943 and they had two daughters.
Margaret married J. Scott Henson in 1951 and they had three sons.
While living in McGehee, Arkansas for nine years, she took courses at
Arkansas A&M at Monticello and U.S. History by correspondence from
UT-Austin. In 1960 the Hensons moved to Houston and Margaret com-
pleted her bachelor's degree at the University of Houston in 1962. She
taught Texas, U.S., and world history in the Houston Independent
School District and earned her master's degree from the University of
Houston in 1969. She was one of the first women (and the only grand-
mother) in the Ph.D. program at the University of Houston, where she
earned her degree in 1974.
Margaret served as the archivist for the Houston Metropolitan
Archives Project from 1975-1978. This project was a cooperative effort
between Rice University, the University of Houston, Texas Southern
University, and the Houston Public Library that was to survey all public
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