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The Texas State Historical Association has recently undergone a major transition in leadership. J. Kent Calder, Executive Director since the Association moved from Austin to Denton in 2008, left in July to take a position as acquisitions editor at the University of Oklahoma Press. Calder took over direction of the Association in a time of inordinate financial stress. Under his steady guidance, the Association has endured with all its essential activities intact and its historical mission still in focus. In fact, its programs such as the Handbook of Texas Online have continued to grow, providing a constantly enhanced contribution to Texas history.

Calder’s departure has left the Association in the highly capable and experienced hands of Stephen S. Cure, whose many years of service as education director and assistant to Kent have prepared him thoroughly to serve as interim executive director. Cure’s leadership will be vital in maintaining the high quality of the TSHA’s many programs during this period of transition.

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Former TSHA Executive Director J. Kent Calder speaking at the 2014 TSHA Annual Meeting in San Antonio.

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In Memoriam

Barbara June Donnell Stockley, Associate Editor of the Southwestern Historical Quarterly from 1969 to 1980 and an editorial assistant on The Handbook of Texas: A Supplement (1976), died in Elgin, Texas, on December 5, 2013. Born in Snohomish, Washington, on October 12, 1925, Stockley earned an undergraduate degree at Reed College in Portland, Oregon, and a master’s degree at the University of North Carolina. She came to Austin to teach freshman composition at the University of Texas and then became a book editor at the University of Texas Press before moving to serve in editorial positions at the Texas State Historical Association. She and her husband, Franklin C. Stockley, whom she married in 1959, lived north of Elgin, and she played a key role in creating the Elgin Depot Museum.

Calls for Papers

The Texas State Historical Association will hold its 120th Annual Meeting on March 3–5, 2016, in Irving, and the program committee is now calling for proposals for sessions and papers to be presented at the meeting. The program worksheet may be access by following this link:

A complete session proposal includes the following: 1) session title; 2) the complete name, address, phone number, a one-page vita, and institutional affiliation (or hometown, in the case of lay historians) of the session chairman, paper presenters (either two or three), and commentator (for sessions with two paper presenters); 3) titles of the two or three individual papers; and 4) a brief summary of each paper. Each complete session is strictly limited to seventy-five minutes. To allow time for introductions and questions, each presentation in three-paper sessions should not exceed twenty minutes (about ten typewritten pages), and in two-paper sessions, each should be limited to twenty-five minutes (about twelve pages). As much as possible, participants in a given session should be from different institutions. Historians from outside Texas but doing work in Texas-related studies are encouraged to participate. Individuals who participate in the TSHA’s annual programs may present a paper once every three years or serve as a commentator once every two years. Session chairs may repeat annually, although the committee will make every effort to avoid repetition.

Individuals may submit a proposal for a single paper rather than a complete session. Although single papers are often difficult to combine into coherent sessions, committee members will make every effort to include such proposals in the program.

Papers presented should not have been delivered at a scholarly meeting [End Page 202] or published prior to the 2016 Texas State Historical Association meeting. There are, of course, no objections to the papers being given again or published after the meeting. Individuals who are to present papers at the 2016 meeting will be required to have a copy of their paper and a one-page vita in the hands of their session chairman and session commentator (in two-paper sessions) at least a month prior to the meeting.

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