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Scheer named fellow of the East Texas Historical Association

Mary Scheer, chair of the Lamar University Department of History and director of the Center for History and Culture of Southeast Texas and the Upper Gulf Coast, was inducted as a new fellow of the ETHA, the highest honor given by the association for scholarship and service, October 14.

Introduced by Dan Utley, chief historian of the Public History program at Texas State University and past president of ETHA, he praised Scheer as "one of those presidents who stands out among the rest," noting that she set the highest standards in both scholarship and professionalism.  Author of numerous articles, papers, and four books, with another forthcoming in 2017, Scheer was described as "a bright star in academia" and "a gifted historian with keen insights and an ear for the rhythms of the past." As a fellow, she will be recognized as one of the best historians now working in Texas.

In accepting the prestigious designation, Scheer stated that she "was both honored and humbled" to be selected by her peers. She observed that as a central Texas native who lives and works in Southeast Texas, she quickly came to appreciate the rich history and culture of the region. Scheer hopes to use her new position to mentor young scholars, especially her students conducting research, and live up to the "ideal role model for those seeking the truth of the past, whether they are students, colleagues, or readers."

The East Texas Historical Association is a 54-year-old organization located in Nacogdoches, Texas, committed to the preservation and enhancement of East Texas' great historical heritage.  The association can be found online at     

Scheer holds a Ph.D. from Texas Christian University, 2000, an M.A. from Southwest Texas State University, 1975, and a B.S. from Southwest Texas State University, 1970.

She teaches the American Presidency, the second half of the U.S. survey, Texas history, women's history, and the history of American social and reform movements. She authored The Foundations of Texan Philanthropy (2004), co-edited Twentieth-Century Texas: A Social and Cultural History (2008), edited Women and the Texas Revolution (2012), and Texan Identities: Going Beyond Myth, Memory, and Fallacy in Texas History (2016). Scheer was a Fulbright scholar at the University of Potsdam, Germany, in 2004.