2017 Annual Meeting Events


Enhance your Annual Meeting experience

Go beyond the sessions. Mingle with fellow meeting attendees and enjoy distinguished speakers in a variety of settings, from breakfasts and luncheons to mixers and dinners. Taking advantage of the Texas history each host city offers, Annual Meeting events are held both at the meeting hotel and offsite in unique and historically relevant locations.

Thursday, March 2

Women in Texas History Luncheon (noon) 

Join us as TSHA presents the Liz Carpenter Award for Best Book on the History of Women and the Ellen Clarke Temple Research Fellowship in Texas Women’s History.  Enjoy Light Cummins’ presentation Dancing Backwards and in High Heels: Texas Women’s History at a Crossroads.

Open Reception for the Handbook of Houston Project (3:45 pm)

The TSHA and Houston History Alliance (HHA) will launch the Handbook of Houston at this special event. This reception will feature the project director, Handbook staff, HHA representatives, and contributors who will discuss the two-year long project and announce the release of a free Houston eBook.

Graduate Student Mixer (5:00 pm)

This networking mixer for graduate students and academics is a great opportunity to discuss the latest research in Texas history, get advice from experts in the field, and make professional connections.

President-Elect’s Reception (6:30 pm) 

Let us warmly welcome Dr. Paula Marks, TSHA’s incoming 2017-2018 President, at a celebratory reception in the stunning and historic 1927 Julia Ideson Library.

Friday, March 3

Book Lovers’ & Texana Collectors’ Breakfast (7:30 am)

Celebrate your love of Texas history by attending this early morning event which features a scholarly presentation by a noted author or collector of Texana.

Fellows Luncheon & Awards Presentation (noon)

Please join us as we celebrate the scholarship of TSHA and present our book awards, award research fellowships, present the Bryan Leadership in Education awards, and induct the newest fellows to the Association

Texas Independence Relay Reception (3:45 pm)

This spring Team TSHA will reach its fifth year — and cross its 1,000th mile — running the Texas Independence Relay in support of the Handbook of Texas. Come hear our war stories of running day and night across the route of the Texas Revolution and support the team as they prepare to tackle the most grueling relay race in Texas.

Special Event: Medicine & Texas History (4:30-5:30 pm)  

Join Carlos Hamilton MD, Heather Green Wooten, and Bryant Boutwell as they speak on medicine in early Texas, transmission of disease by the mosquito, and the history of the Texas Medical Center.

President’s Dinner (6:30 pm)   

Please join us for cocktails on the balcony and dinner in the beautiful Crystal Ballroom of the historic Rice Hotel, which is on the site of the 1837 first capitol building for the Republic of Texas.  Outgoing TSHA President, Stephen Cook, will present, The Audacious 1837 Launch of Houston at the Corner of Main Street and Texas Avenue.

Saturday, March 4

The Bryan Museum Tour, Galveston, TX (12:30-5 pm)  

Take a field trip to the highly acclaimed Bryan Museum in Galveston. Founded by Mary Jon and J.P. Bryan, former TSHA President, the museum collection is housed in the historic and sensitively renovated Galveston Orphans Home. The Bryan Museum comprises one of the world’s largest collections of historical artifacts, documents and artwork relating to Texas and the American West. Our tour will be led by Mr. Bryan. Boxed picnic lunches will be provided on the bus.