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A happy hour was held at the SSAWW 2018 Denver conference to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Texas Regional SSAWW Study Group, refreshments provided by TCU. Thanks to everyone who came — it was a wonderful opportunity to recognize our community of scholars.

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Great conversations were had.

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Chat and snacks.

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Randi Tanglen leads the toasts.

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Elissa Zellinger, Desiree Henderson, Claudia Stokes, Jenny Putzi, and Sabrina Starnaman — long-standing members, hosts, and featured editors.

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Joycelyn Moody and Randi Tanglen.

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The next generation of Study Group members.

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Founding foremothers Desiree and Theresa — so grateful for this amazing community!

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Spring 2019 Meeting

The next meeting of the Texas Regional SSAWW Study Group will take place at the University of North Texas on Saturday, February 23, 2019, from 11:30 a.m.-5 p.m., with an optional dinner gathering at 5:30 p.m. in Denton.

This meeting will feature a recently digitized, out-of-print text from the UNT Libraries collection that is now part of the “Women’s Lives in the Southwest” digital collection in The Portal to Texas History. It features the fictional biography of Jane Wilkinson Long, “The Mother of Texas”, and offers us an opportunity to explore the relationships between history & fiction, scholarship & popular history, and the role of women in the history and mythology of Texas.

Discussion will be led by Dr. Angela Calcaterra, UNT English, and Dr. John Edward Martin, UNT Libraries

Common Text: Moore, Effie M. Alone by the Sea: The Story of Jane Wilkinson Long, Mother of Texas, San Antonio: Naylor Company, 1951.

  • Ebook available at the link above—click on “Portal to Texas History (EPUB)”; scroll down to “Digital Files” field in the “What” section; download .epub for general readers, .mobi file for Kindle.
  • Print-on-demand copies will be available soon, check back here for details.

Optional Further Reading: Handbook of Texas Online, Margaret Swett Henson, “LONG, JANE HERBERT WILKINSON,” accessed September 17, 2018.

RSVP to: John Martin, john.martin@unt.edu, by February 1, 2019. Please indicate if you will need a parking pass, any dietary restrictions, and whether or not you plan to stay for dinner.

Schedule:

  • 11:30 a.m.: Coffee & Sign-in, 2nd floor University Union, Avesta Restaurant
  • 12-1 p.m.: Luncheon, Avesta Restaurant
  • 1-1:15 Break, walk to Willis Library
  • 1:15-4:45 p.m.: Discussion of text, Willis Library, Room 250H
    • Brief presentation on digitization grant project/Portal to Texas History (John Martin)
    • Discussion (Angie Calcaterra)
  • 4:45-5 p.m:  Business Meeting, Willis 250H (Theresa Gaul & Desiree Henderson)
  •  5:30 p.m.: Optional Dinner

Location: University of North Texas, Avesta Restaurant, 2nd floor, University Union (M-5 on campus map), and Willis Library, Room 250H (L-6 on campus map).

Parking: Please request a parking pass with your rsvp above. You’ll receive a pdf file that you’ll need to print and attach to the dashboard of your vehicle. Please park ONLY in Lot 37 (with pass), or you can pay to park in the Union Circle Garage (see map below).

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Dinner location: TBD

Hotel options: There are a number of moderately-priced hotels in Denton. Those below are close together, easily accessible to I-35E, and 10-15 minutes from campus. You might also try one of the many nice Airbnb rooms in town.

Hilton Garden Inn (~$112/night)

Courtyard by Marriott (~$139/night)

Best Western Premier (~$140/night)

Airbnb (~$45-$150/night)

Driving directions: Use the address, 1506 West Highland Street, Denton, TX 76203 for the Willis Library in GoogleMaps. Then see the campus maps under “Location” above for more details on building and parking locations.

Acknowledgements

This meeting of the Texas Regional SSAWW Study Group is sponsored by the UNT Libraries, the Department of English/American Studies Colloquium, and the Digital Scholarship Workgroup.

This event has also been made possible in part by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities: Exploring the Human Endeavor.

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Previous Meetings

February 2018 at Southern Methodist University, hosted by Tim Cassedy. The common reading was Constance Fenimore Woolson’s Miss Grief and Other Stories, edited by Anne Boyd Rioux (Norton, 2016). Dr. Boyd Rioux was a special guest participant.

October 2017 at University of Texas Austin, hosted by Gretchen Murphy. The common reading was Rebecca Rush’s Kelroy, edited by Betsy Klimasmith (Broadview, 2016). Dr. Klimasmith was a special guest participant.

February 2017 at Austin College (Sherman, TX), hosted by Randi Tanglen. The common reading was A. Jennie Bartlett’s Elder Northfield’s Home: or, Sacrificed on the Mormon Altar, edited by Nicole Tonkovich (U Nebraska P, 2015). Dr. Tonkovich was a special guest participant via Skype.

October 2016 at Trinity University in San Antonio, hosted by Claudia Stokes. The common reading was Elizabeth Stuart Phelps: Selected Tales, Essays, and Poems, edited by Elizabeth Duquette and Cheryl Tevlin (U Nebraska, 2014). Dr. Duquette was a special guest participant.

April 2016 at University of Texas Dallas, hosted by Sabrina Starnaman. The common reading was Sisters of Tomorrow: The First Women of Science Fiction, edited by Lisa Yaszek and Patrick B. Sharp (Wesleyan UP). Dr. Yaszek was a special guest participant.

February 2015 at University of Houston-Downtown, hosted by DoVeanna Fulton. The common reading was Memoirs of Elleanor Eldridge (1838), edited by Joycelyn Moody (West Virginia UP 2014). Dr. Moody was a special guest participant.

October 2014 at University of Texas Arlington, hosted by Desiree Henderson.The common reading was Cherokee Sister: The Collected Writings of Catharine Brown, 1818-1823, edited by Theresa Strouth Gaul (Legacies of Nineteenth-Century American Women Writers, U Nebraska UP, 2014). Dr. Strouth Gaul was a special guest participant.

March 2014 at University of Texas San Antonio, hosted by Joycelyn Moody. The common reading was Jane Edna Hunter’s autobiography A Nickel and a Prayer (1940), edited by Rhondda Robinson Thomas. Dr. Andreá Williams was a special guest participant.

October 2013 at Weatherford College, hosted by Sarah Lock. The common reading was Laura Curtis Bullard’s Christine, or Women’s Trials and Triumphs (U Nebraska 2011). Denise M. Kohn, editor of the edition, was a special guest participant.

February 2013 at University of North Texas, hosted by Kelly Wisecup. The common reading was DoVeanna Fulton and Reginald Pitt’s Speaking Lives, Authoring Texts: Three African American Women’s Oral Slave Narratives (SUNY 2010). Special guest participants included DoVeanna Fulton and Daphne Brooks.

February 2012 at Texas State University San Marcos, hosted by Priscilla Leder. The common reading was Mary King’s Quincie Bolliver (1941).

September 2011 at the University of Texas at Dallas, hosted by Sabrina Starnaman. The common reading was Anzia Yezierska’s  Arrogant Begger (1927).

February 2011 at the University of Tulsa in Tulsa, OK, hosted by Laura Stevens. The common reading was Mercy Otis Warren: Selected Letters (U Georgia P) and one of the editors of the edition, Jeffrey Richards, was a special guest participant.

October 2010 at Austin College, hosted by Randi Tanglen. The topic was “Teaching American Indian Women Writers” and included selections from Kilcup’s Native American Women’s Writing, c. 1800-1924; Bross and Wyss’s Early Native Literacies in New England: A Documentary and Critical Anthology; among other readings.

February 2010 at University of Texas Austin, hosted by Gretchen Murphy. The common text was Leonora Sansay’s Secret History; or, The Horrors of St. Domingo and Laura (Broadview 2007); Michael Drexler, editor of the edition, was a special guest participant.

March 2009 at University of Texas Arlington, hosted by Desiree Henderson. The common text was Jesse Alemán and Shelley Streeby, eds., Empire and the Literature of Sensation: An Anthology of Nineteenth-Century Popular Fiction (Rutgers, 2007), from which we read: The Female Warrior (1843) and Mary Denison’s The Prisoner of La Vintresse (1860). Jesse Alemán was a special guest participant.

November 2008 at Texas Christian University, hosted by Theresa Strouth Gaul. The common text was Elizabeth Stoddard’s Two Men (U Nebraska, 2008). Jennifer Putzi, editor of the edition, was a special guest participant.