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Collin Co-Hosts Cotton and Rural History Conference

Collin Co-Hosts Cotton and Rural History Conference

April 3, 2006 – The 10th annual Cotton and Rural History Conference is scheduled for Saturday, April 22.

This year’s theme is “The Price of Cotton,” and the event will be at the Audie Murphy/American Cotton Museum in Greenville, Texas, from 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

Keynote speaker Edward Countryman will present “The Price of Cotton: the Human Cost.” A Bancroft Prize winner and author of dozens of publications, Countryman is Distinguished University Professor, Clements Department of History, Southern Methodist University. He also is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society, an elected member of the Society of American Historians, a Woodrow Wilson Fellow, a Danforth Fellow and a Samuel Foster Haven Fellow. He has taught at Canterbury University, the University of Warwick, Cambridge University and Yale.

In addition, John Hanners, professor and department head of Mass Media, Communication and Theatre at Texas A&M University-Commerce, will present a paper about businessman and rancher Thomas King titled “’I’ll Set You Both Afoot Out Here!’: Greenville’s Tom King and His 1882 Cattle Drive to West Texas.”

Texas Christian University Ph.D. graduate Adrienne Caughfield will discuss her book True Women and Westward Expansion. The book explores the lives and writings of pioneer Texas women. Caughfield is the director of academic programs at The Heritage Farmstead Museum in Plano. Copies of Caughfield’s book will be available.

Also, attendees will be able to attend the Eyewitness Oral History Panel featuring longtime Greenville-area residents Dewey Fitzpatrick Sr., a semi-retired restaurateur, and Arlen “Jay” Butler, who grew up on the Sabine River during the 1920s and 1930s.

The conference is sponsored each year by the Department of History, Social and Behavioral Sciences Division at Collin County Community College and the Archives and Oral History Program at Texas A&M University-Commerce.

A $10 registration fee includes a barbecue lunch. Advance reservations may be made by contacting the Audie Murphy/American Cotton Museum, 600 Interstate 30 East, P.O. Box 347, Greenville, Texas 75403. The museum can be reached by telephone at 903.454.1990 or 903.450.4502.

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