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History professor authors book on Texas tales

More Texas Stories Baker

Tarleton State University

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, August 27, 2012

STEPHENVILLE, Texas—Tarleton State University history professor Dr. T. Lindsay Baker is the author of a new collection of Texas tales titled More Texas Stories I Like to Tell My Friends. Published by Abilene Christian University Press, the book recounts past events in the twentieth-century in the Lone Star State.

Baker for four years wrote a self-syndicated weekly Texas history newspaper column that appeared across the state from the Panhandle to the Gulf Coast. The ACU Press has compiled these articles into two books. The first volume, Texas Stories I Like to Tell My Friends, was released in 2010, and recounts tales dating from the years prior to 1900. The new book turns to stories from the 20th century.

"My goal in putting these stories together has been more to reach readers sitting in folding chairs beneath the awnings of filling stations rather than the ones in easy chairs in collegiate ivory towers,” Baker said.

The history professor is a popular speaker at conventions and meetings of historical groups across the state, and his books have been recognized with many awards.

In addition to teaching history at Tarleton, Baker, who holds an endowed chair in history, also directs the W.K. Gordon Center for Industrial History of Texas at the Thurber ghost town on Interstate 20 midway between Fort Worth and Abilene.

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Tarleton State University
A member of The Texas A&M University System

Contact: Mary Adams
254-968-1886
mkadams@tarleton.edu