AUSTIN, Texas, Jan. 24 /PRNewswire/ -- Clifton and Shirley Caldwell and the Brownsville Historical Association have been named the inaugural recipients of the Humanities Texas Award. The award recognizes imaginative leadership in the humanities on a local, regional or state level. Winners receive a cash award of $5,000.
The state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, Humanities Texas develops and supports diverse programs across the state, including lectures, oral history projects, teacher institutes, museum exhibitions and documentary films.
The Caldwells, who live in Albany, have promoted Texas history and historic preservation for nearly four decades through philanthropy, civic leadership, independent scholarship and entrepreneurial activity.
The couple has provided leadership to a number of the state's cultural and historical organizations, including the Texas Historical Commission, the Texas State Historical Association, the Dallas County Historical Commission, the Shackelford County Historical Commission and the Center for Big Bend Studies.
Both Mr. and Mrs. Caldwell have authored books exploring Texas history. Together, they established the Clifton and Shirley Caldwell Texas Heritage Series at the University of Texas Press and are proprietors of The Lynch Line, an Albany bookstore specializing in Texas and Western history.
In his letter nominating the Caldwells for the award, F. Lawerence Oaks, executive director of the Texas Historical Commission, praised the couple's record of service.
"Clifton and Shirley Caldwell have dedicated decades of their lives and significant largesse to the research, publication, preservation and promotion of Texas history and letters," Oaks wrote. "They embody the best qualities of what is known as the 'Texas spirit': independence, courage, generosity, and humor."
The Brownsville Historical Association (BHA) develops and sponsors
public programs exploring t
|SOURCE Humanities Texas|
Copyright©2008 PR Newswire.
All rights reserved