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Collin College Co-Hosts Cotton and Rural History Conference

Collin College Co-Hosts Cotton and Rural History Conference

April 17, 2007 - The 11th annual Cotton and Rural History Conference is scheduled for 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Saturday, April 21.

This year's keynote speaker is Don Graham who will present "Cotton Fields Forever: An Informal Commentary on Life, Cotton and Art" at the Audie Murphy/American Cotton Museum in Greenville, Texas.

Graham is a regular contributor to Texas Monthly with works spanning Texas literature, folklore and history. He has written more than 10 books including "Kings of Texas: The 150-Year Saga of an American Ranching Empire," "Lone Star Literature: From the Red River to the Rio Grande," and "Giant Country: Essays on Texas." He is the recipient of the Chancellor's Council Outstanding Teaching Award.

Additionally, the conference will feature a number of other speakers and presentations:

  • Sam Tullock, professor and chair of the Collin College history department, will present "Churching the Unrepentant: Rural Church Discipline in the Collin Baptist Association, 1880-1920." His research focuses on early American church history and late 19th- and early 20th-century Texas Baptists.
  • Carol Taylor, director of the Northeast Texas Genealogical Center, will present "Rural Women and the Great War in Hunt County, Texas: Feeding the Army and Families." She is the co-author of "The Devil's Triangle: Ben Bickerstaff, Northeast Texans and the War of Reconstruction in Texas."
  • Stephen A. Townsend, history professor at New Mexico Junior College, will present "Cotton on the Texas Border: Union and Confederate Efforts to Control the Brownsville Cotton Trade." He is the author of "The Yankee Invasion of Texas."

The conference is sponsored by the Collin College Department of History and Social and Behavioral Science Division, the Texas A&M University-Commerce Archives and Oral History program. The conference cost is $10, which includes lunch.

Reservations can be made by calling the museum at 903.454.1990 or 903.450.4502.

The museum is located at 600 I-30 East in Greenville.

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