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  • Public History News | 2020

    • The Public History Program and History Department are pleased to welcome two new faculty members this fall: Dr. Ruby Oram and Dr. Justin Randolph.

      Dr. Ruby Oram joins the department as a public historian specializing in local and community history. She worked with several cultural institutions in Chicago before arriving to Texas State including the Chicago Architecture Center, the Art Institute of Chicago, and the Newberry Library. Oram’s research bridges the fields of public history, urban history, gender history, and the history of education in twentieth-century America. She has organized public programs in Chicago highlighting school architecture and neighborhood history, and is currently nominating a group of single-sex public schools to the National Register of Historic Places. Oram received her PhD from the U.S. and Public History program at Loyola University Chicago.

      Dr. Justin Randolph joins the department as a specialist in oral history. He has conducted interviews for numerous projects, with focuses ranging from farmers to white collar professionals. In addition to teaching oral history, Randolph specializes in twentieth-century U.S. history, the carceral state, and the American South. His first book project, "Civil Rights Arrested: Black Freedom Movements and the Police in Rural Mississippi, 1890 to 1980," combines original oral history and state police archives to place police violence at the center of local civil rights activism. Randolph received his PhD from Yale University in May 2020.

    • In the spring semester of 2020, the graduate Public History Project class teamed up to write a journal that examined the vestiges of Jim Crow segregation in Central Texas. The project began as any other but quickly evolved as the COVID19 pandemic hit. Now, as our country faces serious questions about racism and inequality, Intersect Journal offers new perspectives and untold stories of Black communities in Central Texas.

    • Public History Masters student, Ms. Katherine Bansemer and History undergraduate, Ms. Lezlie Hernandez are serving as Preservation Scholars at the Texas Historical Commission this summer. Ms. Bansemer is working with Museum Services Program and Ms. Hernandez is working with the Historical Markers Program. They are each working on unique projects that will advance the mission of their respective programs.

      The Preservation Scholars Program is an internship program overseen by the Friends of the Texas Historical Commission who's goal is, "to build interest in historic preservation among students from underrepresented cultural and ethnic groups, engaging a wider range of communities and perspectives in the effort to discover and share Texas’ historical narrative."

    • Congratulations to Jason Rivas on the recent publication of his article stemming from his Preservation Scholar internship with the Texas Historical Commission. His work included highlighting cemetery preservation success stories to showcase how locals can make a lasting impact through historic preservation. This article explores how extension agent Eddie Harrison and the community saved the nearly-lost Camptown African-American Cemetery in Brenham, TX, and along the way helped preserve the local history of runaway slaves and freedmen.

    • Shield Ranch, Austin, TX, has been formally listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Public History students prepared two historical site reports that supported the designation, under the Direction of Professor Dan Utley and the Center for Texas Public History.

      • Whatever Floats Your Goat: A Historic Site Report of the Goat Barn Complex at the Shield Ranch (2018)
      • Dos Hermanos: The Herrera Families at Shield Ranch (2019)

      The district is comprised of various resources, including houses, agricultural structures, a cemetery, roads and stream crossings, and archeological sites. The majority of the sites date to the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

      The ranch is located in a rapidly developing area of western Travis County near Bee Cave.

      Whatever Floats Your Goat, project flyerDos Hermanos, Project Image

    • Graduate students Rayanna Hoeft, Jason J. Rivas, and Courtney Stevens recently presented papers drafted in Dr. Nancy Berlage’s Public Memory class at the 2020 Phi Alpha Theta Biennial Conference.  

      • Rayanna Hoeft | Interpreting Commemorative Monuments: Elizabeth Colt's Memorialization of Samuel Colt (left)
      • Jason J. Rivas | Brushstrokes of Memory: Remembering the Alamo through Paintings (center)
      • Courtney Stevens | The 1900 Galveston Storm Memorial (right)

      Rayanna Hoeft at PAT Biennial MeetingJason Rivas at PAT Biennial MeetingCourtney Stevens at PAT Biennial Meeting

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  • Public History News | 2012-2019

    • Dan Utley won the 2016 Mary Jon and J.P. Bryan Leadership in Education Award.  This award is given annually to recognize two outstanding history educators, one each at the K-12 and college levels.

      Dan Utley TSHA Educator Award

    • Public history graduate students, working through the Center for Texas Public History, were featured in an article in the New Braunfels newspaper. 

    • Keeping Time: Extraordinary Images from Louisiana’s Past, a new exhibition features a sample of the museum’s massive collection of some 15,000 music-related photographs, instruments, film clips and other artifacts.

      Read the full article from off Beat Magazine.

    • Jamie Martin Alter, American Brides ExhibitWedding dresses from the 19th century to the present are featured in a new exhibit showcasing the changing styles of American brides. “American Brides: Inspiration and Ingenuity” runs through Oct. 24 at the Greater Denton Arts Council’s Patterson-Appleton Center for the Visual Arts. Most of the dresses are from the University of North Texas’ Texas Fashion Collection, which includes more than 20,000 historic clothing items

      Read more here.

    • Although the slogan "Keep Austin Weird" was not trademarked until 2000, it had its roots and was used in Austin long before. Using music posters from two Austin collections, the exhibit explores the poster artists and music venues that define Austin's counterculture in the 1960s and 70s. From the archives of the Dolph Briscoe Center for American History and the Austin History Center, 29 posters have been selected from artists Jim Franklin, Gilbert Shelton, Robert Burns, Micael Priest and others to trace Austin's transformation from simply the political capital of Texas to a music capital of the world.

      Read the full article at the Bullock Museum website

    • The exhibit, dubbed Texas Cattle Queens, opened in early July. Inside, visitors get a glimpse into the day-to-day lives of women during height of the cattle drive era, when livestock from across Texas were driven north to market towns along routes like the Chisholm Trail, which ran right through Central Texas and formed the backbone of region's first big industry: agriculture.

      Read the full article on the Austin Business Journal website.

    • Gaetan_CarpentierPublic history graduate student Gaetan Carpentier, who is conducting research on German Prisoner of War interments at Fort Sam Houston was interviewed by Channel 4 in San Antonio.

    • Jack_Johnson_EventTexas State graduate students Alex Borger and Ann Landeros, took part in a dedication ceremony honoring heavyweight boxer Jack Johnson. Borger and Landeros wrote the documentation to justify the marker. Johnson was a Galveston native and the first African-American to win the heavyweight boxing title during a period of legally enforced racism.

    • TOHA_Awards_to_Jenny_PaulIn October 2012, the TOHA Board of Directors created the Ken Hendrickson Best Article Award in honor of longtime journal editor, Kenneth E. Hendrickson Jr. The award, judged by a panel of TOHA members, recognizes one outstanding article per issue of Sound Historian. The award is a cash prize presented at TOHA's annual conference each spring.

      The first Ken Hendrickson Best Article Award honored public history graduate Jenny Paul, the author of "Fighting the Nashville Blues: The Outlaw Image in Texas Country Music," which was judged most outstanding article in Volume 14 (2012). Dr. P. Lynn Denton, director of the Public History Program at Texas State University, presented the award to Ms. Paul during the TOHA annual conference on April 13, 2013, held in the Taylor Murphy History building on campus.