Glen Sample Ely, Ph.D., will introduce his latest book, The Texas Frontier and the Butterfield Overland Mail, 1858-1861 to the Baylor community with
a special guest lecture Thursday, February 23 at 3:30 p.m. in Bennett Auditorium. A reception and book signing will follow the lecture at The Texas Collection, located on the first floor of Carroll Library.
Ely’s book explores two significant topics pertaining to Texas’ rich history: the Texas frontier and its conflicts prior to the Civil War, and the Butterfield Overland Mail, a stagecoach trail that carried both passengers and mail from St. Louis to San Francisco on an interstate highway of the past.
Ely earned his Ph.D. from Texas Christian University and is an award-winning Texas historian and documentary producer. Ely’s first book, Where the West Begins: Debating Texas Identity, attempts to “set the record straight" as to whether or not Texas is southern, western, or its own kind of country.
Ely has published articles in Southwestern Historical Quarterly and the New Mexico Historical Review.