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Cummins has also talked to Hispanic organizations
during his tenure as state historian. Because he so strongly
believes that the Spanish and Mexican heritage in Texas
holds the same importance as the Anglo-American con-
tribution, being able to advocate for the Spanish-speak-
ing legacy in Texas has been especially rewarding.
In serving as "the public face of Texas history," Dr.
Cummins has enjoyed the warm and welcoming atti-
tude encountered throughout his travels but admits to
being surprised by the attention that has come from an
unexpected audience. "I have regularly blogged about
my experiences as the state historian (www.historianof-
texas.blogspot.com) and have been amazed to discover
that my blog has been accessed by people from around
the globe." Until he took up his official post, Cummins
acknowledges that he did not fully comprehend the ex-
tent of scholarship devoted to Texas history in places
abroad. Emails have come from every European country
and from as far away as India. Some overseas enthusiasts
send in particular questions about the state's historical
record or ask for recommendations on books to read (see
sidebar on page 12 for the historians favorites), while oth-
ers write simply to express their fascination with Texas
history. As Cummins has discovered, the "common lin-
gua franca" of Texas is an international phenomenon,
and thanks to today's technology, the state historian's
ability to promote Texas history has no boundaries.
Dr. Cummins will formerly step down from his post
upon the announcement of his yet-to-be-determined [at
the time of the interview] successor. He speaks of feeling
privileged to have served as The State Historian of Texas
and sums up the past two years as being "enjoyable, in-
credibly uplifting, and very, very rewarding." Yet, while
the Austin College professor's high-profile assignment is
nearly over, what has become a lifelong mission is cer-
tainly not ending. Whether teaching in the classroom,
standing behind a speaker's podium, or writing his next
book, Light Cummins will continue to animate the
cause of Texas history, a desire that began long before
his appointment as state historian and will, accordingly,
continue well into the future. *
Pamela Murtha is assistant editor of Texas HERITAGE
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