The 2017 Save Texas History Symposium, Texas and the Great War, will be held in Austin on Saturday, September 16. Click here for more information and to register!

2017 Save Texas History Symposium Speaker Spotlight: Dr. Patrick L. Cox and Allison Hays Lane

Want to know more about the Save Texas History Symposium? Check out these previews and biographies provided by the speakers who will be presenting this year.

Dr. Patrick L. Cox — “An Enemy Closer to Us Than Any European Power” — The Influence of the Mexican Revolution on Popular Opinion Before World War I

Until the United States declared war in April 1917, public opinion in Texas remained very hesitant when it came to the nation’s military involvement in European affairs. During this same time, years of prolonged outcries by Texas newspaper editors and politicians critical of the Mexican government and “Mexican bandits” during the years of that nation’s revolution (1910–1920) provided a totally different stance.

The state’s influential daily newspapers, which carefully assessed their responses to the wartime activities of the European powers, demonstrated no such reluctance in their discussions of Mexico. The Mexican Revolution’s impact on Texans played a major role in swaying public opinion away from isolation toward the notions of military escalation, intervention, and war. Sensational coverage by Texas newspapers of events associated with the Mexican Revolution resulted in an increased sense of insecurity and belligerence in the border state and the rest of the Southwest that eventually influenced popular opinion on World War I in Europe.

About Dr. Patrick L. Cox
Dr. Patrick Cox of Wimberley, Texas is an award-winning historian, author and conservationist whose areas of concentration include U.S. twentieth century political history and American media history. A sixth-generation Texan who resides with his wife Brenda in Wimberley, Texas, he is President of Patrick Cox Consultants, LLC, a historical consulting firm.

Publications include: Picturing Texas Politics, A Photographic History from Sam Houston to Rick Perry (2015); Ranching in the Wild Horse Desert (2014); Writing the History of Texas (2013); and The First Texas News Barons (2005), and Ralph W. Yarborough, The People’s Senator (2001). He is the author of many books and of articles on U.S. and Southwestern history, natural resources and conservation.

Dr. Cox received his Ph.D. in history and his B.A. in history from the University of Texas at Austin. He earned his M.A. in History with Honors from Texas State University, formerly Southwest Texas State University. He received the 2014 Distinguished Alumni Award- Texas State University; 2010 Distinguished Alumni — Texas State University College of Liberal Arts; the American Journalism Historians Association — 2014 President’s Award, and the 2017 Kenneth E. Hendrickson Award from the Texas Oral History Association.

Allison Hays Lane — Winds and Words of War: WWI Prints from the San Antonio Public Library

This presentation will focus on the artists and propaganda period during WWI, as seen at the San Antonio Public Library. In 2006, the San Antonio Public Library Foundation undertook the task of looking through Harry Hertzberg Collection to discover hundreds of vintage propaganda prints and posters from the First World War.

These prints had not been seen in public since the 1930s. The images found brought back waves of wonderful imagery from famous artists of the day, and tell an interesting story about the war effort. The prints are now being exhibited across Europe through 2018.

About Allison Hays Lane
Allison Hays Lane is a curator and arts administrator who has worked in the arts for over 30 years. In 2004, Ms. Hays Lane founded the OLANA GROUP for arts consulting services and received her BA in Art History from Sarah Lawrence College, Bronxville, NY and her MS in Museum Education from Bank Street College, New York, NY with graduate studies at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Ms. Hays Lane is a recipient of a 1988 National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in Museum Administration and has worked at the Whitney Museum of American Art. Book and curatorial projects completed by the OLANA GROUP include work done for Artpace, San Antonio Museum of Art, the McNay Museum of Art, the San Antonio Public Library, and AVIART GROUP & HJW VITA NOVA.

From 2009–2014, Allison Hays Lane was a consultant to University Health System, serving as their Art Program Manager, completing a $7.2 million Design Enhancement Public Art program. In 2015, Ms. Hays Lane was hired to work as the Archivist & Art Program Manager for the system. Current projects include the international tour of the exhibit “Winds and Words of War: WWI Prints from the San Antonio Public Library” celebrating the Armistice Centennial of the First World War.

To help commemorate the centennial of American involvement in World War I, and the Texans who fought in the Great War, the Texas General Land Office Save Texas History program has released a brand-new, limited-edition, custom map — Texas and the Great War, sponsored by the Veterans Land Board.

This limited-edition, hand-numbered map, with a production run of only 500 prints, will be given to all registrants of the Save Texas History Symposium. The reverse features artwork reminiscent of a U.S. World War I propaganda poster encouraging Americans to get involved with the war (and also to register for the Save Texas History Symposium on Saturday, September 16 in Austin).

For more information and to register online for the 2017 Save Texas History Symposium, Texas and the Great War, please check out the Save Texas History website.

Attendees at the Save Texas History Symposium will receive a complimentary copy of Dwight R. Messimer’s Escape from Villingen, 1918 and Hugh S. Thompson’s Trench Knives and Mustard Gas — With the 42nd Rainbow Division in France courtesy of the Texas A&M University Press.

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