The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 90, July 1986 - April, 1987 Page: 304
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Southwestern Historical Quarterly
nonfiction manuscript dealing with the history, literature, or cultures of
the Southwest, honors longtime Association member C. L. Sonnichsen,
who is also a Fellow and an honorary life member.
Sonnichsen taught at the University of Texas at El Paso from 1930,
when he joined the faculty as a young English professor fresh from
Harvard, until 1972, when he retired as emeritus professor. He also
served as dean of the Graduate Division and as H. Y. Benedict Pro-
fessor. Retirement was hardly the word for Sonnichsen, however, as he
moved to Tucson, Arizona, and became senior editor for the Journal of
Arizona History. He also served as president of the Western History As-
sociation in 1984-1985. His book Pass of the North, a history of El Paso,
is the all-time best-seller for the Texas Western Press.
The award was initiated in 1974 when Mr. and Mrs. Irwin Brand of
El Paso, two of Sonnichsen's students in his Southwestern Literature
course in the 1940s, contributed $5,ooo. Contributions from hundreds
of alumni and friends have permitted the Press to establish the endow-
ment for the annual prize.
Deadline for entries for the C. L. Sonnichsen Book Award is April 1,
1987. Write to the Texas Western Press, University of Texas at El Paso,
El Paso, Texas 79968-0633, for further information. Previous winners
are Conrey Bryson in 1977 (for Down Went McGinty: El Paso in the Won-
derful Nineties), Elroy Bode in 1979 (for To Be Alive), Shawn Lay in 1984
(for War, Revolution and the Ku Klux Klan: A Study of Intolerance in a
Border City), Association member Donald E. Worcester in 1985 (for The
Spanish Mustang), and Marc Simmons in 1986 (for Murder on the Santa
Fe Trail: An International Incident).
The Sixth Annual Texas State History Day, held in Austin last May,
was an enormous success. Almost eight hundred students participated
in this event, which is sponsored by the Association, and fifty-six stu-
dents went on to the National History Day competition held at the Uni-
versity of Maryland, June 17-21. At National History Day Texas won
five awards-more than any other state. The Texas winners were:
Jim Heston, Bradley Middle School, San Antonio, first place for his ju-
nior high paper "Relocating the Fairmount Hotel: A Compromise on
Wheels"; Jason Brenek, Deana Larkin, Luke McCallum, and Christy
Walker, Aldine Teague Middle School, Humble, second place in the ju-
nior high group-performance category for "The Precipice Averted";
Ashley E. Galaway, Memorial Parkway Middle School, Katy, second place
in the junior high individual-project category for "Go for Broke: The
Japanese American Nisei Soldier of World War II"; Melissa Beisenherz,
Aldine Nimitz High School, Houston, third place in the senior high
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