Elaine B. Davis Research Award Winner Announced
At this year’s Texas History Forum, the first Elaine B. Davis Research Award was presented to Ms. Debra L. Winegarten of Austin. Ms. Winegarten is the author of several books, including Katherine Stinson: The Flying School Girl and Strong Family Ties: The Tiny Hawkins Story. Her book Mum’s the Word is a tribute to her mother, Ruthe Winegarten, who was a noted Texas women’s historian and a researcher at the DRT Library. Ms. Winegarten will use DRT Library collections to write a book about Clara Driscoll for middle school students. Ms. Winegarten pointed out the the seventh grade history curriculum in Texas includes biographies of famous Texans, twenty-two men and three women; she sees her work as helping introduce young adults to more women who have contributed to the history of the state.
The Elaine B. Davis Research Award, endowed by the 2007-2009 Daughters of the Republic of Texas Library Committee chaired by Connie Impelman and sponsored by the Daughters of the Republic of Texas Library, is awarded to bring scholars to San Antonio, Texas, to work with the unique materials housed at the DRT Library. Mrs. Davis served as Director of the Daughters of the Republic of Texas Library from 1998-2008.