Event: Fellowship Lecture Series: Dr. Richard B. McCaslin
About this Event
Dr. McCaslin’s project explores the influence of Pompeo Coppini, a classically trained sculptor from Italy. Starting in 1902, Coppini spent more than five decades creating dozens of iconic works in Texas— focusing first on the Lost Cause, then the heritage of the Republic of Texas and the contributions of many local leaders. While his historical works also stand in many other states and several foreign countries, his greatest impact was in defining the historical landscape of Texas, or the imagery that shapes public perceptions of the past in the Lone Star State.
Dr. Richard B. McCaslin, TSHA Endowed Professor of Texas History at the University of North Texas, is the author or editor of eighteen books. One of the best known is Tainted Breeze: The Great Hanging at Gainesville, Texas, October 1862, which won the Tullis Prize and an AASLH commendation. He also wrote Lee in the Shadow of Washington, which received the Laney Prize and the Slatten Award, and was nominated for a Pulitzer. Another book, At the Heart of Texas: One Hundred Years of the Texas State Historical Association, 1897-1997, earned the Award of Merit from the Texas Philosophical Society. Yet another, Fighting Stock: John S. “Rip” Ford in Texas, received the Pate Award and Bates Award.
The Portal to Texas History Research Fellowships recognize and support outstanding scholarship or creative work which incorporates unique digital collections. Fellows are invited to present a brief overview of their work with the Portal through an informal lecture on their research or an exhibit of their creative output.