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COLLIN, A&M-COMMERCE SPONSOR NINTH ANNUAL COTTON AND RURAL HISTORY CONFERENCE

April 18, 2005 – The Department of History at Collin County Community College District (Collin) is once again co-sponsoring the 9th annual Cotton and Rural History Conference with Texas A&M University-Commerce’s Archives and Oral History Program.

The conference will be held at the Audie Murphy/American Cotton Museum in Greenville, Texas on Saturday, April 30 from 9:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. (600 Interstate 30 in Greenville).

Founded in 1997, the Cotton and Rural History Conference hosts historians and scholars working in the fields of social, agricultural and rural history, folklore and the oral narrative. Previous presenters have included members of the Texas State Historical Commission as well as a number of award-winning academic historians and writers. This year’s conference includes two panelists from Collin’s history department.

Professor Brett Adams will present a paper on rural Arkansas, entitled “The Homesteader’s Protective League of Montgomery County: The Fight over the Arkansas National Forest.” His presentation will explore how the rural poor struggled to gain access to land in the early twentieth century Southwestern Arkansas. Dr. Keith Volanto will return as a panelist and will introduce his new book, “Texas, Cotton and the New Deal.”

The keynote luncheon speaker will be Louisiana historian Jacques D. Bagur, whose work on the East Texas-Louisiana border has run the gamut from environmental history to Native American history. His presentation will focus on his new book, “A History of Navigation on Cypress Bayou and the Lakes.” This book looks at the historic role that water commerce played in East Texas and Western Louisiana before the coming of the railroad.

The conference registration fee is $10 and includes lunch. Reservations can be made by contacting the Audie Murphy/American Cotton Museum at 903.450.4502. For additional information, contact Dr. Kyle Wilkison at kwilkison@collin.edu or 972.881.5834.

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