On Thursday, February 23, Glen Sample Ely, Ph.D., will introduce his latest book, The Texas Frontier and the Butterfield Overland Mail, 1858-1861 during a special guest lecture 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.
“Anytime you invite an outside speaker and expert on a subject such as Dr. Ely to campus you gain a fresh perspective on a topic,” John Wilson, director of The Texas Collection, said. “His observations and new findings bring this subject and period to life.”
Ely’s book explores two significant topics pertaining to Texas’ rich history: the “antebellum” Texas frontier dressed with conflict 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.
“Rapid and consistent communication over long distances dramatizes the advances of a modern civilization,” said Dr. T. Michael Parrish, The Linden G. Bowers Professor of American History at Baylor. “Dr. Ely’s lecture will certainly prove very interesting and enlightening.”
Glen Sample Ely earned his Ph.D. from Texas Christian University and is now 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.
“I hope the audience sees that Texas’s frontier story is much more complicated and nuanced than previous romanticized interpretations,” Dr. Ely said. “Those attending this lecture are in for a captivating and rowdy ride along Texas’ west frontier before the Civil War.”