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Southwestern Historical Quarterly
I have always thought fall to be the busiest season of the year, but this
spring seems to be the season for history conferences. The activities of
the past few weeks reminded me of sportswriter Dan Jenkins's descrip-
tion of the perfect fall Texas weekend. Jenkins said that he began with
an unusual Friday evening football game between Navy and SMU in
Dallas, followed that with the annual Texas-OU match at the Cotton
Bowl the next afternoon, drove down to Waco to catch a Baylor game
that evening, and ended, of course, with a Cowboys game on Sunday
In like fashion, a number of our members attended the semiannual
East Texas Historical Association meeting in Fort Worth the weekend
before our 10 o5th annual gathering in Houston in March. Some of those
same members stopped in Beaumont on the way to our conference to
take part in the Spindletop 2001 Commission's program on "The Texas
Oil Story as Told by Hollywood" at the Texas Energy Museum. They still
arrived in Houston in time to hear F6lix Almarz Jr., dressed as Sam
Houston, give the Independence Day "toast to Texas" and Lady Bird
Johnson's former press secretary, Liz Carpenter, quip that she "felt like a
White House antique ... that had been removed without permission."
We got back home just in time to participate, along with several other
TSHA members, in a symposium on "The French in Texas: History,
Migration, and Culture," organized by Francois Legarde of the Univer-
sity of Texas at Austin Department of French and Italian. TSHA fellow
and noted La Salle scholar Robert S. Weddle of Bonham sent his paper
to be read because he was unable to be present.
The dust from these meetings had hardly settled before we were off to
a conference on March 15-17 in Monclova, Coahuila, one-time capital
of Coahuila y Tejas and today the site of the Museo Coahuila Texas.
Under the direction ofJesds A. Arreola P6rez, president of the Colegio
Coahuilense de Investigaciones de Hist6ricas, the conference was enti-
tled "La Frontera Norte de Mexico-Texas." Caroline Crimm of Sam
Houston State University, F6lix D. AlmarizJr.,Jesuis F. de la Teja of South-
west Texas State University, Stan Green of Texas A&M International in
Laredo, and TSHA director Ron Tyler were on hand to present papers
along with a number of Mexican historians, including Israel Cavazos
Garza, former director of the Archivo del Estado de Nuevo Le6n in
Monterrey. This was the second such conference that Arreola had orga-
nized, the first one being several years ago, while the Museo Coahuila-
Texas was still in the planning stage.
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