The Annual Clements Senior Fellow Lecture

Monument and Memory in Texas History: From Sacred Site to Martial Symbol

Sam W. Haynes, Clements Senior Fellow for the Study of Southwestern America


Tuesday, April 7,  2020 | The Texana Room in the DeGolyer Library, Fondren Library, 6404  Robert S. Hyer Lane, SMU  |  5:30 reception followed by 6 pm lecture 

Co-sponsored with SMU's DeGolyer Special Collections Library

Since the late nineteenth century, monuments have helped Texans celebrate their state’s past. But like any cultural artifact, the historical monument can be seen in different ways. This lecture will examine the gendered dimensions of commemoration and memory, focusing on the ways in which women’s organizations, such as the Daughters of the Republic of Texas, and male business leaders used monuments to create their own distinct interpretations of the state’s heritage.

Sam W. Haynes is the Bill &Rita Clements Senior Fellow at the Clements Center for this academic year. A historian of the early American republic, Texas, and the American Southwest, Sam has taught at the University of Texas at Arlington since 1993 where he also serves as director of their Center for Greater Southwestern Studies. During his fellowship year at the Clements  Center, Sam will complete his current book project, "Border land:  The Struggle for Texas," which is under contract with Basic Books.