The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 106, July 2002 - April, 2003 Page: 284
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Southwestern Historical Quarterly
We are finishing preparations for the 10o7th annual meeting of the
Texas State Historical Association, which will be in El Paso on March 6-8,
2003, at the Camino Real Hotel, 10o South El Paso Street. Program chair
Joseph G. "Chip" Dawson of Texas A&M University reports that the Pro-
gram Committee has organized forty-five sessions, which will make this
the largest program we have ever presented. One of the keynote speakers
will be Janice Woods Windle of El Paso, who has been crisscrossing the
country for the past few months to publicize her new book, Will's War
which is based on the life of her grandfather, Will Bergfeld, a brash young
man of German descent who was accused of treason and stood trial for his
life in 1917, in the midst of the rampant anti-German sentiment in small-
town Texas during World War I. TSHA memberJ. Sam Moore of El Paso
says, "This is a book to be read by trial lawyers, even those who don't like
to read books about trials and trial lawyers."Janice has been involved with
the Association for a long time, for we published her first article in the ju-
nior Historian when she was in elementary school in Seguin. She is also the
author of two other best-selling historical novels, True Women (which was
made into a television documentary by CBS) and Hill Country, and we are
looking forward to hearing from her as well as dozens of other speakers
who will share their research and stories with us in El Paso next spring.
El Paso is one of the great border cities of the world. The history of this
fascinating city and the vast stretches of far west Texas and Mexico that
surround it will be a central focus of our meeting. From folklore and
archeology to stagecoaching, ranching, and oil, there will be sessions on
many aspects of El Paso itself and Trans-Pecos Texas generally.
Of particular interest is the session "The Creation of El Paso," presided
over by Gary L. Williams of the El Paso Community Foundation, which
features two papers that look broadly at El Paso's past: Fred Morales of the
El Paso/Juirez Historical Museum will probe the historical relationship
between CiudadJuirez and El Paso, and Floyd M. Geery of the Fort Bliss
Museum will examine the influence of Fort Bliss on the development of
Franklin/El Paso in the mid-nineteenth century.
Another appealing session with an eye on the history of the border is
"John Sayles's Lone Star Motion Picture and Historical Narrative," a fasci-
nating examination of this movie which looks at the many complexities of
life and identity along the Texas-Mexican border. As Sayles's dramatic and
colorful movie makes clear, the border has often been a place of violence
and warfare. This is brought home in yet another El Paso-related session,
"The Soldier and Gunman as Lawyer," with papers by Chip Dawson on
Col. Alexander W. Doniphan, and El Paso's Leon Metz on gunman John
Wesley Hardin, who died and is buried in that community.
We can guarantee that the annual meeting is the best two and one-half
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Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 106, July 2002 - April, 2003, periodical, 2003; Austin, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth101223/m1/336/: accessed October 21, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Texas State Historical Association.