McMurry University History Professors Named to Handbook of Texas Advisory Board

  Gary Ellison
  Monday, May 2, 2016 9:22 AM
  Archives 2014 - 2015

Abilene, TX

McMurry University History Professors Dr. Donald S. Frazier and Dr. Stephen L. Hardin have been named to the advisory committee for the prestigious Handbook of Texas, the monumental historical encyclopedia of all things related to Texas history and culture published by the Texas State Historical Association. This venerable reference work has been around since 1952, with major updates in 1972 and 1996. The latest print edition has more than 23,000 entries.  

In 1999, the Texas State Historical Association inaugurated the Handbook of Texas Online which quickly became a critically important tool for teachers, scholars, and students alike.  

“The Handbook of Texas Advisory Committee is responsible for being available to the Chief Historian and the CEO of the Texas State Historical Association for consultation in all matters relating directly to the publication of the Handbook of Texas,” said Stephen C. Cook, TSHA President.

Other members of the committee include Dr. Andrew Torget of the University of North Texas, Dr. Jessica Brannon-Wranosky of Texas A&M University, Dr. Gregg Cantrell of Texas Christian University, San Antonio author Mary Margaret McAllen, Dr. Sam Haynes of the University of Texas at Arlington, Dr. Harriet Joseph of the University of Texas, Brownsville, Dr. Merline Pitre of Texas Southern University, Dr. Paul Ramos of the University of Houston, Dr. Leland Turner of Midwestern State University, Dr. Eddie Weller of the San Jacinto College, and Dr. Emilio Zamora of the University of Texas.

“I am pleased to be asked,” said Dr. Frazier. “It believe it is remarkable that two historians at a small school like McMurry University are poised to make such a huge impact on how Texans understand their past, and how this important story is told in the future. Besides the much larger TCU, ours is the only private, church-related school on the list—and we have two of the state’s top Texas historians asked to serve on this committee.”

The Texas State Historical Association, established in 1897 and headquartered at the University of Texas, is the premier historical organization in the state. Besides publishing the Handbook of Texas, the TSHA also publishes the Texas Almanac and the Southwestern Historical Quarterly. The organization is also well known for its educational outreach to students and educators across the states.

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