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Southwestern Historical Quarterly
The president of the Texas State Historical Association for 2002-2003
is Shirley W. Caldwell, an active life member of the Association who has
served us for over three decades as a dedicated member of the Executive
Council, officer, and advisor. Shirley brings many talents and great dedi-
cation to her work, and we are indeed fortunate that she will be our pres-
ident in the coming year.
Born in Blairstown, Missouri, in 1935, Shirley graduated from Adrian
(Missouri) High School as valedictorian in 1953. Four years later she
earned her Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Missouri,
and in 1958 married John Clifton Caldwell. (Clifton was president of the
TSHA in 1984.) Over the years Shirley and Clifton raised five children,
and are now grandparents to seven, but during all of those years as a
mother and housewife, Shirley was a full-time volunteer making signifi-
cant contributions to her community, state, and nation.
Shirley's contributions to the TSHA have been many. Starting as a
member in 1970, she has served on numerous committees, and has been
on the Executive Council for two terms. She currently is also a member
of the finance and personnel committees. Her activities in the arena of
Texas history are by no means limited to the TSHA. For more than three
decades she has been an active participant and driving force in numer-
ous organizations. She has been a member of the Shackelford County
Historical Commission since the early 1970os and served as chairman
from 1973-1979. She also served on the Texas Heritage Council, the
Historic Preservation League of Dallas, and the Texas Historical Foun-
dation where she was on the board of directors and executive committee
for over ten years. In the greater Dallas area, Shirley was actively involved
in numerous civic and historical organizations. She was in the Richard-
son Women's Club, the Richardson Symphony Guild (where she served
on the board of directors from 1984-1987), the Dallas County Historical
Foundation, the Sixth Floor Exhibit planning committee, and the Dallas
County Historical Commission (including a stint as chairman from
Closer to home, Shirley has been an important contributor to the
life of Albany, Texas, where she and Clifton live not too far from their
ranch on the Clear Fork of the Brazos. Shirley serves on the Albany
Chamber of Commerce board of directors, was president of the Albany
Study Club, and is a member of the First Christian Church. In addition
to many other activities in Albany, she served as president of the Albany
PTA, was a performer in the Fort Griffin Fandangle from 1966-1976,
and is on the Watt Matthews Cowboy Days committee. Shirley has also
been politically active in her community, county, and state. She was
twice chairman of Shackelford County's George Bush Campaign for
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Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 105, July 2001 - April, 2002, periodical, 2001; Austin, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth101222/m1/720/: accessed May 25, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Texas State Historical Association.