April 5, 2014
On April 5th at the Texas Oral History Association (TOHA) annual conference in Nacogdoches, TX, BUIOH Associate Director Lois Myers received the Thomas L. Charlton Lifetime Achievement Award. The award, named after BUIOH and TOHA founder Tom Charlton, is presented in recognition of outstanding contributions to oral history in Texas.
BUIOH staff member Steven Sielaff, who serves on the Board of Directors for TOHA, presented Lois with a ceremonial plaque/clock to commemorate the honor on behalf of the board. In addition, former BUIOH staff member and fellow board member Jaclyn Jeffrey presented a series of handmade finger puppets of Lois' "dream interviewees" that included such notable Texan women as singer Janis Joplin, Governor Ann Richards, and notorious Waco madam Mollie Adams. Upon receipt of her award, Lois gave a wonderful acceptance speech detailing how fulfilling a life spent in the pursuit of oral history can be.
For full video of the ceremony, photos of the gifts, and a summary of Lois' many great accomplishments during her nearly 30-year career, please see the official TOHA award page
. Congratulations on a much-deserved honor Lois!
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