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Approval for History Program Concentration

UHD's History Program has received Texas Education Agency approval for History grades 7 - 10 certification.

UHD Webb Society Attends Re-enactment

The Webb Society relived the “Runaway Scrape” at the George Ranch (April 6, 2013).

UHD Webb Society Wins “Chapter of the Year”

UHD’s Webb Society, a Texas history interest club, has won the Chapter of the Year (2012-2013) award. The competition included Webb Societies at universities throughout Texas.

If you are interested in becoming a member of the UHD Webb Society, please contact Drs. Garna Christian, Jose Alvarez, or Gene Preuss (advisors of the UHD Webb Society).

UHD’s Webb Society Tours Historic Victoria

UHD’s Webb Historical Society recently traveled to Victoria, Texas for the organization’s fall convention. It was an opportunity for UHD’s “Webbers” to learn about Texas history, meet with students from other chapters in east and central Texas, and have some fun at the same time.

The event was hosted by UHD’s sister institution, UH-Victoria, and began with a guided tour of the Museum of the Coastal Bend. The students, accompanied by faculty advisors Garna Christian, Jose Álvarez and Gene Preuss, had the opportunity to see rare Paleolithic artifacts as well as items dating back to the Spanish and French colonization of Texas. Of particular interest were some iron cannons which had been buried for hundreds of years and items unearthed from La Salle’s Fort Saint Louis. Outside the museum, the students tried their hand at throwing the atlatl for accuracy and distance, and roping training steers.

In the evening, on the campus of UHV, faculty sponsors and students enjoyed dinner and a fascinating lecture and slide show courtesy of historian/archeologist Jim Bruseth from the Bullock Texas State History Museum in Austin. Bruseth spoke about the search for Robert de La Salle’s ship, La Belle which sank in Matagorda Bay in 1686. He described the way the ship was recovered, the artifacts it contained, and the intriguing history of what happened to La Salle and his crew, those who survived and those who perished.

On Saturday morning, the students and sponsors were given a guided tour of Evergreen Cemetery which is the final resting place of Texas “Empresario” and hero Don Martín de León, as well as other Texas notables from the 19th century. From the cemetery, it was off to downtown Victoria to enjoy the Dia de los Muertos festivities with a parade, a visit to the Nave Museum, and browsing the booths of local artisans and merchants. After lunch, the students received a guided tour of historic Victoria by Blanche De León, a descendant of Don Martín de León.

The students enjoyed learning about the early history of Victoria, French explorer La Salle and the La Belle, as well as making new friends with students from other colleges and universities. It was a trip of “hands-on history.”


Photo of student in the Webb Historical society with Dr. Preuss, Dr. Christian and Dr. Alvarez

Dr. Preuss Wins Award

Dr. Gene Preuss won the “Educator of the Year” (2012-2013) award by the East Texas Historical Association, “for his fine contributions to his craft, his attention to higher order student learning, and his dedication to educational quality.”

Dr. McCaffrey Publishes Book

This year, Dr. James McCaffrey published his book, Going for Broke: Japanese American Soldiers in the War against Nazi Germany, with the University of Oklahoma Press.

Dr. Ryden Publishes Articles

In 2013, Dr. David Ryden published his article, "'One of the finest and most fruitful spots in America:' An Analysis of Cotton Monoculture in Late-Eighteenth Century Carriacou," in Journal of Interdisciplinary History 43:4 (2013): 539-570.

Dr. Ryden also contributed the entry “Manumissions,” for the Oxford Bibliographies, (Oxford University Press, 2013).

Dr. Case’s Article Republished

Dr. Theresa Case’s journal article "The Radical Potential of the Knights' Biracialism" has recently been republished in a book collection: Texas Labor History, edited by Bruce Glasrud and James Marnoney (Texas A&M University Press, 2013).

Dr. Garna Christian Wins Award

March 4, 2013 Torch Energy president J P Bryant has awarded to UHD history professor Garna L. Christian the Texas State Historical Association Educator of the Year Award at the Fellows Lunch and Awards ceremony.

Dr. Garna Christian (left) recieves award

Professor Garna Christian, left, stands with Torch Energy President J.P. Bryan, namesake for the Association’s Leadership in Education Award. Photo courtesy of Ben Davis.

Dr. Nancy Lopez Wins Award

On April 30, 2013, the UHD Faculty Awards Committee announced that Dr. Nancy Lopez, Lecturer, Department of Social Sciences-History, has won the Outstanding Adjunct Award for academic year 2012-2013. Dr. Lopez's fellow historians warmly congratulate her, and her contribution to the UHD History Program.


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