Texas gets new state historian





Noted Texas historian and author Light Townsend Cummins of Sherman was named the official State Historian by Gov. Rick Perry.

Cummins replaces Jesus de la Teja of Austin.

The state historian is a largely ceremonial designation that lasts for two years.

Cummins is a history professor and director of the Center for Southwestern and Mexican Studies at Austin College in Sherman.

He is also a board member of the Texas State Historical Association, an associate of the Danforth Foundation, and past chair of the Grayson County Historical Commission.

After receiving a bachelor’s degree from Texas State University, Cummins received a doctorate degree in history from Tulane University.


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