Two very deserving historians were honored as recipients of the Ottis Locke Awards. Mary L. Kelley Scheer of Lamar University (at left) was given the Ottis Locke Educator of the Year Award. This honor goes to a person who has demonstrated excellence in educating the public about the history or culture of East Texas. Professor Kelley Scheer’s teaching and research interests include Texas history, the Gilded Age, the Progressive Era, women’s history, and American social and reform movements. She authored The Foundations of Texan Philanthropy (Texas A&M University Press, 2004) and co-edited Twentieth-Century Texas: A Social and Cultural History (University of North Texas Press, 2008). She was a Fulbright scholar at the University of Potsdam, Germany, in 2004 and serves as a faculty sponsor for the Walter P. Webb Society.
Kyle G. Wilkison, (at right) a history professor at Collin College, received the Ottis Locke Award for the best book on East Texas history for his Yeomen, Sharecroppers and Socialists: Plain Folk Protest in Texas, 1870-1914, published in 2008 by the Texas A&M University Press. Professor Wilkison holds a B.A. and M.A. from East Texas State University, now Texas A&M—Commerce, and a Ph.D. from Vanderbilt University. He has served on the Collin College faculty since 1994 and has also lectured at the University of Texas at Dallas and at Texas A&M--Commerce. This award-winning book analyzes the patterns of plain-folk life across East Texas and the changes that occurred during the critical four decades spanning the end of the nineteenth and the beginning of the twentieth centuries. In addition, L. Patrick Hughes of Austin Community College received the Ottis Locke Research Scholarship to underwrite his on-going research on the career of Texas Governor James V. Allred.
The spring meeting of the East Texas Historical Association will be held in Fort Worth, in joint session with the West Texas Historical Association, February 26-27, 2010.
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