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Vernon L. Williams


TOHA Community History Award, 2002

On September 24, 2002, in Abilene, Stewart Caffey, former TOHA director, presented the TOHA community history award to Vernon L. Williams, history professor at Abilene Christian University. In conjunction with the award presentation, the Taylor County Historical Commission hosted a reception at Abilene's 12th Armored Division Museum.

Dr. Williams and his graduate students in public history have recorded and archived 300 interviews with World War II veterans, particularly former members of the 12th Armored Division which trained at Camp Barkeley in Abilene. In addition to oral history interviews, the project involved an archaeological survey of the former training camp site, transferring the World War II archives of the 12th Armored Division Association to Abilene, two major exhibits, one traveling and one permanent, video documentary production, and an Internet site, plus several conference papers, theses, articles, and books.

Learn more about Dr. Williams's current oral history project on World War II: the East Anglia Air War Project.