The 20th Annual Cotton & Rural History Conference will take place from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday, April 16 at the Audie Murphy/American Cotton Museum. Registration begins at 9:30 a.m. The keynote speaker will be Bruce Baker who will be speaking about “Boll Weevils, Bulls and Cotton Futures Trading at the Beginning of the 20th Century.”
Educated at Clemson University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Bruce Baker has taught history in England since 2004, first at Royal Holloway, University of London, and more recently at Newcastle University. He has written a number of books on the history of the South and is the co-editor of the journal American Nineteenth Century History.
The historian’s panel will feature two scholars sharing their research on Texas rural life and agriculture. In addition, Dr. Jim Conrad has organized the first-person “Eyewitness History” panel.
The program includes lunch and the registration fee is $12 per person. For additional information or to register to attend please call the Audie Murphy/American Cotton Museum at 903-450-4502. Deadline for reservations is April 13.
The conference is sponsored by the Department of History, Social and Behavioral Sciences of Collin County Community College, Special Collections and Archives of Texas A&M University – Commerce and the East Texas Historical Association.