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Beneath the Window: Early Ranch Life in the Big Bend Country

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Beneath the Window – Pictures

Dr. Neel Baumgardner, professor of history at the University of Texas at San Antonio, focuses his research on the development and protection of national parks and wilderness areas. His book in progress, titled “Unbordering North America: Creating International Parks along the Periphery of Canada, Mexico, and the United States,” examines four different parks in two regions: Waterton Lakes and Glacier in the northern Rocky Mountains of Alberta and Montana, and Big Bend and the Maderas del Carmen in the Chihuahuan Desert of Texas and the northern Mexican state of Coahuila.

Dr. Baumgardner teaches courses in American Studies and history. He received a B.B.A. and a Ph.D. in history from the University of Texas at Austin and an M.B.A. from Southern Methodist University.

Dr. Baumgardner has traveled several times to Big Bend National Park and has shared some of his personal photos of the park with us!

Here’s a sneak peek at some of his awesome pictures:

WilsonRanchLocation (Wilson Ranch Location)

HomerWilsonBlueCreekRanch2 (Homer Wilson, Blue Creek Ranch)

Great chat Tuesday night!

Thanks to all who joined us for a great chat with author Donaly Brice on Tuesday night! What a fun time!

As for our next book, we will read Patricia Wilson Clothier’s memoir, Beneath the Window: Early Ranch Life in the Big Bend Country.

We have a fabulous new partner, John Hardy Publishing, and they have been kind enough to send us a few free copies to give away! Reply here with “I would like a free copy” and send your name and mailing address to us at Remember, first come, first served!

Set your calendars!

Join us at 7:30 pm on Tuesday, March 8th to chat with Donaly Brice, co-author of The Governor’s Hounds, The Texas State Police 1870-1873!

The chat will be on our book group’s main page. Click here to set an email reminder. See y’all soon!

The Governor’s Hounds

The Governor’s Hounds, published by University of Texas Press, is a comprehensive history of the three years the State Police were active. Included are the reasons Gov. Davis established the force, dramatic accounts of their activities in several Texas counties, and an incident in a Lampasas saloon that led to the end of the Texas State Police. Drawing extensively on a wealth of previously untouched records in the Texas State Archives, as well as other contemporary sources, this groundbreaking book is the first objective assessment of the Texas State Police and its role in maintaining law and order in Reconstruction Texas.

On Tuesday March 8 at 7:30 p.m., Texas PBS will present an online discussion with Donaly Brice, coauthor of The Governor’s Hounds with the late Barry Crouch. Readers will have the opportunity to chat with Brice about the unrest in Texas during Reconstruction and the activities of the State Police. To participate, go to

Can’t wait to see you all there!


The Governor’s Hounds kicks off our 2016 book group!

Happy New Year everyone!

We are excited to announce the first book of the 2016 season. The Governor’s Hounds: The Texas State Police, 1870-1873 by Barry Crouch and Donaly Brice will surely start us off with a bang (pun intended)!

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One of our first Texas press partners, UT Press, has sent us a few copies of this fascinating book to share with our group members. We have a limited supply to give away, so act fast! Please reply here for your free copy, or email us at Remember to give us your mailing address! First come, first served.