The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 103, July 1999 - April, 2000 Page: 92
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Southwestern Historical Quarterly
If we all survive the various predicted Y2K catastrophes, the last annu-
al meeting of the century will take place in Austin at the Renaissance
Hotel, March 2-4. The program committee for 2ooo, under the guid-
ance of Jackie McElhaney, met several weeks ago and put the final
touches on what should prove to be an excellent meeting with a wide
range of sessions. Given the fact that it is 2ooo, a number of sessions will
focus on topics related to the turn of the century. One of the most
intriguing is a session on Texas looo, which will investigate what Texas
was like in that year from the point of view of climate, culture, and other
aspects. Two panels of experts will discuss and comment on what we can
(or should) expect in the next century of Tejana history and African-
American history. Galveston and the great 1900 storm, the Texas
Panhandle in 1900 and in 2ooo, and Texas Rangers at the turn of the
last century are other subjects that will take their cue from our current
fascination with the calendar.
We are delighted to have the Texas Folklore Society (Black Cowboys
in Texas), the Texas Council for the Humanities (History and the
Public), and the Texas Catholic Historical Society (Catholic Social
Activism), among others, co-host sessions. In addition to the two African-
American sessions listed above, there will be sesions on African-
American education in Texas, the black urban experience, and race
relations in Central Texas. For those interested in military history, there
will be a number of sessions including ones on Texas and the Civil War,
Texas and the War with Mexico, the Texas Rangers, and archaeological
finds of the Texas Revolution, including many fascinating artifacts from
the Mexican Army of 1836. And speaking of the Revolution, who will be
able to resist a session on "Sex, Death, and Dressing Well: Social History
of the Texas Republic"? For those interested in art in Texas, there will
be a panel examining high culture, mass culture, and folk culture-
comparing and contrasting different styles of visual expression.
Another unique session will feature a preview of Brian Huberman's
documentary on Davy Crockett, the de la Pefia Diary, and the many con-
troversies swirling around the Alamo and how Crockett died. Following
the preview, a panel of experts will comment on the documentary and
the controversies. Other sessions will cover topics as different as the his-
tory of food in Texas and the loss of Tejano land. The next several issues
of the Quarterly and our Riding Line newsletter will provide more details
about the Year 2ooo meeting. As you can see, it will have our usual vari-
ety of topics-something for nearly everyone.
If you haven't been to a TSHA annual meeting before make a 2ooo new
year's resolution to attend. You may imagine conferences like this are stuffy
and dry, but far from it. Our membership is a broad mix of academics,
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