Student earns historical association award

Anthony Smith

Tarleton State University

Monday, March 18, 2013

STEPHENVILLE, Texas—Anthony Smith, a Tarleton graduate student in history, is the recipient of the Best Student Essay Award granted annually by the West Texas Historical Association. Smith will present his paper at the annual meeting of the association on April 5 in Wichita Falls, and it will be published in the next volume of the West Texas Historical Association Yearbook.

Smith, from Huckabay, Texas, wrote his paper on “The Creation of Cleburne State Park by the CCC” as a seminar paper in the “Social History of the U.S. since 1865” course taught by Dr. Donald R. Zelman. It explores the interplay among local boosters, the state government and the National Park Service in bringing the Civilian Conservation Corps to establish the state park.

He did original research at the Texas State Archives and the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department in Austin and at the Layland Museum in Cleburne. Smith is scheduled to graduate with a master’s degree in history in May 2013 and is seeking a career in parks.

The West Texas Historical Association was founded in 1924. Since that time it has promoted the study of regional history and annually has published its Yearbook as a scholarly journal. The criteria for evaluating its “Best Student Essay” competition include (1) readability and style of the presentation, (2) use of research materials, (3) overall conception, and (4) contribution to the history of West Texas. The award carries a $350 money prize as well as travel assistance.


Tarleton State University
A member of The Texas A&M University System

Contact: Dr. Malcom Cross, Head, Department of Social Sciences

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