Caldwell Memorial Awards
The Caldwell Memorial Awards were established in 1974 to promote research and writing in Texas and local history. The Awards were named to honor the contributions of C. M. Caldwell and his shared belief with Walter Prescott Webb regarding the importance of young people researching and writing Texas and local history. The Awards are made possible by the C. M. and Cora Caldwell Memorial Endowment Fund established by Clifton and Shirley Caldwell of Albany, Texas.
Deadline: January 12, 2024
The following PDF document contains information about the current contest and the required registration form:
Caldwell Writing and Chapter Award Information and Submission form:
Lower Division Caldwell Award Results
1st Place—Joshua Lister for “The Galveston, Houston and Henderson Railroad: The Old Reliable Shortline, the Longest Little Railway in Texas” from San Jacinto College
2nd Place—Marie Stolle for “Breaking the Color Barrier at the University of Texas Medical Branch: Herman A. Barnett III’s Fight for Equality” from San Jacinto College
3rd Place—Aurie Bivens for “Breaking the Color Barrier at the University of Texas Medical Branch: Herman A. Barnett III’s Fight for Equality” from San Jacinto College
4th Place—Aubrey Watkins for “The Church that Should Never Be: Cowboy Congregations in Texas, 1970-2010” from Northeast Texas Community College
Upper Division Caldwell Award Results
1st Place—Zachary Durham for “Muted Strings: The Hidden Multi-Ethnic Origins of Texas Fiddle Music” from Texas A&M University-San Antonio
2nd Place—Neida Perez for “Captive State: Texas’ Futile Wars Against Microbes” from Northeast Texas Community College
3rd Place—Luis Abete for “Deciphering Texas Historiography: Myth vs. the Truth” from University of Houston-Downtown
4th Place—Carlos Talavera for “From Veracruz to Okinawa: The USS Texas and Preservation of the Last Dreadnaught” from Texas A&M-University-San Antonio
Northeast Texas Community College
Chapter of the Year Award
Deadline: December 1st
Each year the Walter Prescott Webb Historical Society, the college affiliate of the Texas State Historical Association, will honor chapters who show outstanding commitment and outreach within their communities with the Chapter of the Year Awards.
Two awards will be presented each year. The first, College Chapter of the Year, will be presented to the outstanding chapter from a Junior College or Community College. The second, University Chapter of the Year, will be presented to the outstanding chapter from a University.
In order to be considered for the award, chapters must submit a chapter report by December 1st of each year, based on the calendar year of January 1 – December 31. Reports will be evaluated based on the following:
- Was the chapter represented at the spring meeting?
- Was the chapter represented at the fall meeting?
- Did the chapter have entries in the Caldwell Competition?
- What school activities did the chapter participate in during the calendar year?
- What community activities did the chapter participate in during the calendar year?
- What projects has the chapter participated in or completed within the calendar year?
Chapter Reports should be e-mailed to [email protected] by the December 1st deadline and will be published in the forthcoming issue of Touchstone, published in March each year.
Each chapter awarded will be presented with a trophy at the annual Spring Meeting, held each March in conjunction with the Texas State Historical Association Annual Meeting. A chapter may not receive the award in two consecutive years.
College Chapter of the Year Recipients:
2022-San Jacinto College
2021-Northeast Texas Community College
2019 – Jacksonville College
2017 – Northeast Texas Community College
2016 – San Jacinto Community College – South
2015 – Lee College
2014 – Jacksonville College
2013 – Northeast Texas Community College
2012 – Lee College
University Chapter of the Year Recipients:
2022- Texas A&M University – San Antonio
2021-Texas A&M University – San Antonio
2019 – Texas A&M University – San Antonio
2017 – University of Houston – Downtown
2016 – Lamar University
2015 – University of Houston – Downtown
2014 – Texas A&M University – San Antonio
2013 – Lamar University
2012 – University of Houston – Downtown
For more information on the Webb Society Chapter of the Year Awards or on how to start a Webb Society Chapter, contact [email protected].