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TEXAS HISTORY RESEARCH
PRESERVE, PROVIDE DEPTH
FOR STATE'S RiCH LEGACY
ention "Texas history" to someone living in
another state, and that person will probably
picture the Alamo, cowboys and oil wells.
That's exactly what the Texas Centennial
Commission had in mind as it planned
the 1936 celebration marking 100 years
since Texas became a republic. The commis-
sion focused on Texas as a Western state,
ignoring its heritage as a slave state and a
member of the Confederacy.
It's little wonder, then, that Texas as a
Southern state "was lost in the popular
memory," says Richard B. McCaslin,
University of North Texas professor of
history. He points out, however, that two-
thirds of Texans today live not in West Texas,
but in what he terms "Southern Texas -
east of Interstate 35."
McCaslin and several other UNT his-
tory faculty members research and write
about little-known periods and subjects of
Texas history to provide Texans and others
with a complete history of the state.
The breadth of their research was the
major factor in the Texas State Historical
Association choosing UNT as its new home
earlier this year. Located at the University of
Texas at Austin since it was founded in
1897, TSHA is the oldest organization
dedicated to furthering the appreciation,
understanding and teaching of Texas'
unique history. Regarded by historians as
the nation's most dynamic regional history
association, TSHA has more than 2,200
members, including several UNT faculty
who are association fell os.
A closer relationship between TSHA
and UNT will allow the extensive Texas-
focused research at the university to have an
even greater impact on the state and beyond.
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