Award-Winning Historian to Speak at WT


March 14, 2019

CONTACT: AJ McCormick, 806-651-5238,


Award-Winning Historian to Speak at WT

CANYON, Texas—The Center for the Study of the American West (CSAW) at West Texas A&M University will host award-winning historian, Dr. Deborah M. Liles, for her lecture, “Oliver Loving: Dean of the Trails.” The presentation will begin at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, March 19 at the Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum, Hazlewood Room. The event is free and open to the public followed by a reception.

Oliver Loving, known as the Dean of the Texas Cattle Trails, holds a special place in the halls of legendary Texas cattlemen. Loving's early life and an event in 1857 are the topics of this presentation, as they explain much about events that shaped who he was and what drove him.

“Loving's story is convoluted, full of details that reflect his time in history, and is often retold from Charles Goodnight's perspective,” said Liles.

Renowned Texas Civil War-era historian, Liles’s research and writing primarily focuses on the unique roles of the livestock industry and of women in the American West, as seen in her most recent publication, Texas Women and Ranching: On the Range, At the Rodeo, In the Community. She is an Associate Professor of History at Tarleton State University and serves as Chair for the W.K. Gordon Center for Industrial History of Texas.

“Liles’s work carries on a very important tradition of Texas ranching history,” said Alex Hunt, CSAW director, “but she is breaking new ground, using different research techniques and sources to tell new stories, or familiar stories from a fresh perspective.”

Liles is co-editor of Women in Civil War Texas: Diversity and Dissidence in the Trans-Mississippi, which won two coveted accolades: the Liz Carpenter Award for Best Book on the History of Women in 2016 and the Ottis Lock Award for Best Book on East Texas History in 2017.

In addition to many published journal articles, she has authored Will Rogers Coliseum and is co-editor of African Americans in Central Texas History.

For more information about Dr. Liles’s appearance at WT, please contact CSAW at or 806-651-5238.

About the Center for the Study of the American West

CSAW formed in the fall of 2016 with a mission of fostering the study of the American West at WTAMU and building bridges between the university, the Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum, and the regional populace. For more information about CSAW and all upcoming events, please visit



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