Texas Institute of Letters holds first meetingNovember 9th, 1936
On this day in 1936, the organizational meeting of the Texas Institute of Letters convened in the lecture room of the Hall of State on the grounds of the Texas Centennial Exposition in Dallas. The idea for the organization came from William H. Vann, a professor of English at what is now the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor, in Belton. He and others had been inspired by the celebration of the Texas Centennial to form an organization to promote interest in Texas literature and to recognize literary and cultural achievement. The institute, whose official address varies according to residence of the secretary-treasurer, meets each spring to present awards and transact business. The members are novelists, poets, essayists, historians, journalists, playwrights, and other writers. The requirement for membership has always been quality writing.« Previous Next »
Related Handbook of Texas Articles
Share this article
Get a Piece of Texas History in Your Inbox
With more than 27,000 articles about Texas history, the Texas State Historical Association's Handbook of Texas is the largest online encyclopedia about all things Texas. Now you can celebrate the history of Texas every day by activating your free subscription to Texas Day by Day. Each day's email tells a little bit more of the story of Texas and links to our collection of more than 27,000 articles. It's one of the best ways to learn more about Texas history — in only 15 minutes a day!
Activate your free subscription to Texas Day by Day and you can:
- Explore Texas history each day in bite-sized pieces conveniently delivered to your inbox each morning
- Astound your friends with your Texas history prowess
- Get in-depth looks at some of the overlooked events and landmarks in Texas history
- Discover new places to explore in the Lone Star State
Get your Texas Day by Day delivered straight to your inbox:
Send an eCard
Personalize a piece of Texas history. Share a Day by Day article with friends.Send Now
Become a TSHA Member
Get insider access to the most exclusive Texas history club in the nation.Join Today!