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Armando Alonzo Dr. Armando Alonzo, Ph.D. is a professor of history at Texas A&M University and a specialist on the borderlands. In 1997 he was awarded a Ford Foundation Fellowship (there are only 20 annual winners) to pursue his research on the social and economic connections between Texas and northern Mexico in the 18th and 19th centuries. His 1998 book, THE TEJANO LEGACY: RANCHEROS AND SETTLERS IN SOUTH TEXAS 1734-1900, is a groundbreaking study.
Alwyn Barr Dr. Alwyn Barr, Ph.D. is professor of history at Texas Tech University and a former chair of the history department. Among his five authored books are: BLACK TEXANS: A HISTORY OF AFRICAN AMERICANS IN TEXAS, 1528-1995 and AFRICAN TEXANS. He also co-edited BLACK LEADERS: TEXANS FOR THEIR TIMES and wrote the introduction to BLACK COWBOYS OF TEXAS. He is a former president of the Texas State Historical Association and a former board member of Humanities Texas.
Craig Carter Craig Carter was born to a West Texas ranching family and spent his childhood earning his keep. Long days in the saddle and long nights on the range instilled in him a working knowledge of the world and an irrepressible awe of the spirit. Craig has worn many hats working in front and behind the cameras in films, commercials, and reality series. Stunt coordinator, safety consultant, and actor are just some of his attributes. He was the lead wrangler and technical advisor for TEXAS RANCH HOUSE.
Henry B. Crawford Henry B. Crawford is the Curator of History at the Museum of Texas Tech University in Lubbock. He has been active in the museum profession and living history for more than 20 years, and lectures on living history philosophy, techniques, and research. His reenacting and academic areas are the American fur trade, freighters, buffalo hunters, Texas in the 1830s and 1840s, the Civil War, and the postwar frontier military. Henry has also appeared as a consultant and reenactor in documentaries.
Robin Gilliam Crawford Robin Gilliam Crawford is currently the Curator of Historic Structures at the National Ranching Heritage Center at Texas Tech University in Lubbock. She has worked at historic houses and museums across the Southwest for almost 30 years, and has designed numerous exhibits. Her particular interests include the history of clothing, decorative arts, home life, and popular culture on the western frontier, from the Spanish colonial era to the early 20th century.
Donald L. Fixico Dr. Donald L. Fixico, Ph.D. is professor of history at Arizona State University. He was previously at the University of Kansas, where he was Professor of American Indian History and Director of the Center for Indigenous Studies. Fixico is a Ford Fellow; received postdoctoral fellowships at The Newberry Library and UCLA; and has served on the Advisory Council for the National Endowment for the Humanities. He has published numerous articles and several books.
Melissa Guerra has researched early recipes and food techniques used in nineteenth century Texas and Mexican ranches. Her show TEXAS PROVINCIAL KITCHEN has aired on Texas PBS stations. As a cookbook author she will soon be appearing on Mexican television. From a long standing ranching family background, she is the sister of James and Mary Margaret McAllen and is married into the Guerra ranching clan.
Andrea Huelse Andrea Huelse is a costume designer and historical consultant based in New York City. Her designs have been seen in opera, theatre and film productions around the world, and she has consulted for several museums and installation projects in the United States. Some recent credits include: TURANDOT (Utah Festival Opera) and THE TELEPHONE AND LE VOIX HUMAINE (opera, Alliance Francaise). Andrea received a Master of Fine Arts from New York University.