Much like its geographic size, the history of Texas is big. So much so that Texas officials a dozen years ago decided the state should have a designated historian. That person now is a Texas Tech history professor and archivist with the Southwest Collection. Monte Monroe was sworn in to the post in September.
“I’m the fourth Texas State historian. I’m the only one from West Texas and I’m the only one from a tier one institution,” Monroe says.
The position was first...
Barry Lopez is a well-known and highly respected author, essayist, and short story writer. His writing has often been compared to Henry David Thoreau. In 1986 he won the National Book Award for his nonfiction book “Arctic Dreams,” and was a finalist for the award in 1980 for “Of Wolves and Men.”
In 2003, Lopez became Texas Tech’s first Distinguished Visiting University Scholar. He visits campus twice a year, in the spring and in the fall.
In 2001, Tech acquired Lopez...