CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – Dr. Thomas Kreneck, former Associate Director for Special Collections and Archives and Joe B. Frantz Lecturer in Public History at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, was recently awarded the Mary M. Hughes Research Fellowship in Texas History by the Texas State Historical Association.
The research fellowship was awarded to Kreneck for the best research proposal on 20th-century Texas history. His research proposal focuses on the biography of John J. Herrera, a Houston attorney, LULAC Leader, and American civic activist. Kreneck is best known for his major contributions to increasing the manuscript holdings of the Island University. During his time at the Island University, Kreneck was able to acquire surveying records from three generations of the Blucher family, records from the former Nueces County surveyor William W. Green, and concluded the accession of Dr. Hector P. Garcia’s papers before his retirement in 2012.
The Texas State Historical Association (TSHA) distributed $24,000 in prizes to 11 award recipients during its annual meeting held March 6-8 in San Antonio, Texas, which was attended by more than 700 historians. Founded in 1897, the TSHA has more than 100 years of scholarship and focuses on furthering the appreciation, understanding, and teaching of Texas history.