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Southwestern Historical Quarterly
The 2ooo annual meeting is still a fresh memory but, as usual, we are
already well into planning the meeting for 2ooi, which will be in
Houston, March 1-3, 2001. Since 2001 is the centennial of the great
Spindletop oil discovery and boom, we wanted to have the meeting in
that corner of the state. Our good friends in nearby Beaumont are hold-
ing a conference on Spindletop called "Stars Fell on Texas," an histori-
cal symposium on the Texas oil story as portrayed in Hollywood films.
The conference will be held on February 27-28 in Beaumont, the two
days before our annual meeting begins. This schedule will allow those of
you coming to Houston for the TSHA meeting the opportunity to go to
Beaumont a few days before and get an extra dose of Texas history. The
program committee for the TSHA meeting in 2001 is headed by Tony
Knopp, and he and his committee have put together a wonderful collec-
tion of sessions. We will be meeting in Austin soon to put the finishing
touches on the committee's work. Included in our sessions for 2001 are
several related to the history of oil in Texas. Between the Beaumont con-
ference on February 27-28 and the TSHA annual meeting on March
1-3, this will be a feast for those of you interested in oil and its tremen-
dous impact on our state. Mark your calendar now and plan to be with
us in Houston in 2001.
The memoir written by Lt. Col. Jos6 Enrique de la Pefia, a Mexican
Army officer who in 1836 served under the command of Santa Anna in
Texas, has long been an object of curiosity and controversy. The
University of Texas Center for American History and the Associates of
Winedale sponsored a day-long conference on the de la Pefia narrative
on April 29, 2ooo, entitled "Eyewitness to the Texas Revolution:Jos6 de
la Pena and His Narrative." De la Pefia's narrative is a vivid eyewitness
account of the Mexican Army's campaign to suppress the Texas
Revolution. A participant in the assault on the Alamo, de la Pefia
included in his narrative a detailed account of the Alamo siege, one of
the most famous battles in American History. De la Pefia's description
contains a brief section in which he claimed that American frontier folk
hero David Crockett was captured and executed soon after the fighting
ended. When de la Pefia's account of the death of Crockett appeared
in an English translation published in 1975, a major controversy erupt-
ed. Defenders of the view that Crockett died while fighting vigorously
challenged de la Pefia's narrative and his credibility. Some even
claimed that the manuscript was a forgery. In the early 1970s, San
Antonio businessman John Peace acquired the manuscript in Mexico.
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