'Marfa and Presidio County, Texas' is Released

June 24
6:31 2014
'Marfa and Presidio County, Texas' is Released

In their quest to complete their study and to share a better knowledge and understanding of a part of Texas that is still somewhat a frontier, authors Louise S. O'Connor and Cecilia Thompson reveal the first volume of their book "Marfa and Presidio County, Texas: A Social, Economic, and Cultural Study 1937 to 2008 Volume One, 1937-1989." In a book that offers a closer look at the past and the present, readers will see how a place known as a tourist area and a center of contemporary art came to be. It returns to the pre-historic era of Far West Texas and bring readers up to the present with yearly reports on the region as well as extensive formal research and personal interviews with present day people who live in Presidio County.

A case study worth reading, this book is an eye-opener for a better understanding of how this small yet historically rich land is what it is now. Packed with the economic, social, and cultural history of Presidio County; this book gives readers, both lay and the historians, a clear and complete picture of the events that lead to the preservation, industrialization, and the improvement of one of the frontiers of the United States of America.

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About the Author
Dr. Cecilia Thompson (1920-2012) is well-known for her historical works on the Big Bend region of Texas. She brings extensive research and keen insight to her narrative, as well as the perspective of a native of the area. Born and raised in Fort Davis, Dr. Thompson pursued her higher education in theater arts at the University of Iowa. Her professional career has included myriad theatrical endeavors and also historical writings on her home territory. Of the latter acheivements, her magnum opus is without a doubt "History of Marfa County, Texas, 1535-1946. Widely acclaimed, Dr. Thompson's narrative received the prestigious T.R. Fehrenbach Book Award in 1985 as best county history.


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