"Lone Star Historian" is a blog about the travels and activities of the State Historian of Texas. Bill O'Neal was appointed to a two-year term by Gov. Rick Perry on August 22, 2012, at an impressive ceremony in the State Capitol. Bill is headquartered at Panola College (www.panola.edu) in Carthage, where he has taught since 1970. For more than 20 years Bill conducted the state's first Traveling Texas History class, a three-hour credit course which featured a 2,100-mile itinerary. In 2000 he was awarded a Piper Professorship, and in 2012 he received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Wild West Historical Association. Bill has published almost 40 books, half about Texas history subjects, and in 2007 he was named Best Living Non-Fiction Writer by True West Magazine.
|Beautifully preserved, the picturesque Shelby County Courthouse was built in 1885.|
On August 19. 2012, the historic structure hosted the opening meeting of
Leadership Shelby County.
|Participants were given a tour of their fine old courthouse, including the handsome second-floor courtroom.|
|Participants in Leadership Shelby County listened as Colleen Doggett|
introduces me and my heritage program on the Regulator-Moderator War.
|Once each month the Capt. James P. Douglas camp of the SCV gathers in the meeting |
room at Sweet Sue's Restaurant in Tyler. The Tyler group is the second-largest
among 83 SCV camps in the Texas Division.
|From the stage I'm watching approximately 450 sixth-graders at Lillard Intermediate School take their places. |
A similar number of fifth graders came in the next period. Both groups displayed exemplary behavior, and are a credit to the Mansfield ISD.
|At the end of a three-day journey of program presentations, I was given by my brother a |