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March 2002

Release Date: March 20, 2002

West Texas Historical Association to Meet in San Angelo April 5-6

The West Texas Historical Association will hold its annual membership meeting Friday and Saturday, April 5-6, at Angelo State University with a program devoted to the region's history and a banquet speech by Texas author and raconteur Mike Cox, a former San Angelo Standard-Times reporter.

The program will begin at 1 p.m. Friday afternoon with sessions concluding at 5 p.m. in the Houston Harte University Center on the ASU campus. A 6 p.m. reception and 7 p.m. banquet will follow at Fort Concho where Cox will speak on "Scraping the Layers off the Battle of the Paint Rock Story."

Panel sessions will resume Saturday at 9 a.m. and end at 11:45 a.m. before the concluding luncheon at noon. All panels will be held in the Nasworthy Suites and the Tucker Center adjacent to the Dr. Ralph R. Chase West Texas Collection on the second floor of the University Center. The concluding luncheon will be in the University Center's C.J. Davidson Conference Center.

Corporate sponsors of the WTHA meeting are Wells Fargo Bank of San Angelo, the San Angelo Standard-Times and Shannon Health System. ASU sponsors include the Office of the President, Office of Academic Affairs, Porter Henderson Library, West Texas Collection, College of Liberal and Fine Arts, Graduate School, Department of English, Department of History and News and Information Office.

The meeting is open to the public. Registration fees are $15 to attend the panel sessions, $20 for the Friday reception and banquet and $7 for the Saturday luncheon. Reservations are being handled through WTHA's offices in Lubbock at 806-742-9076, ext. 248, and are required for the luncheon and banquet. Persons interested in attending just the panel sessions can register at the door.

Panels of particular local interest Friday will include "The San Angelo Polio Epidemic of 1949" and "Stagecoaching in West Texas," both at 1 p.m., and "Ranch People and Military Officers," including a presentation on the Ira G. Yates family's legacy in preserving the Texas Longhorn, at 3:45 p.m. Friday. Saturday sessions of special area interest will include a panel on "Lonely Outposts: Gentlemen Ranchers and Frontier Soldiers" with talks on area pioneer rancher William 'Billy' Anson and on the final years of Fort Chadbourne at 9 a.m. and a panel on "Elmer Kelton's Fiction" at 10:30 a.m.

Additional information on the program is available locally by calling the West Texas Collection at 942-2164.

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