Dr. Stephen L. Hardin
Stephen L. Hardin is a professor of history at McMurry University in Abilene, Texas. He is the author of The Texas Rangers
(1991), the award-winning Texian Iliad: A Military History of the Texas Revolution
(1994), The Alamo 1836: Santa Anna’s Texas Campaign
(2001), and Texian Macabre: The Melancholy Tale of a Hanging in Early Houston
(2007). Additionally, he is the editor of Lone Star: The Republic of Texas, 1836-1846
(1998) and is the author of more than a dozen scholarly articles enjoyed by readers on both sides of the Atlantic. Recently, Texian Iliad
achieved distinction as a “Basic Texas Book” when bibliophile Mike Cox included it in More Basic Texas Books
When not engaged in the classroom, he serves as an on-air commentator, appearing on such varied venues as the A&E Network, the History Channel, and NBC’s TODAY show. Distinguished for his readable style and accessible approach to history, Dr. Hardin is an inductee of the Texas Institute of Letters, an admiral in the Texas Navy, a member of Western Writers of America, a Fellow of the Texas State Historical Association, and acted as historical advisor for the John Lee Hancock film “The Alamo” (2004). The Chronicles of Higher Education examined his work on that film in a featured article.
Dr. Hardin lives in Abilene, Texas, with his wife, Deborah, and his children, Walker and Savannah.
Dr. Donald S. Frazier
Donald S. Frazier is professor of history at McMurry University in Abilene, Texas. He is the award-winning author of three books on the Civil War including Blood and Treasure, Cottonclads, and Fire in the Cane Field. His other work includes serving as co-author of Frontier Texas, Historic Abilene, and The Texas You Expect, as well as general editor of The U.S. and Mexico at War.
In addition to his teaching duties, Frazier has been very involved in a variety of heritage and cultural tourism projects, including consulting on the development of three museums; two research centers; a Mexican War battlefield; work on Civil War and frontier heritage trails in Texas, New Mexico, and Louisiana; and work on historical projects in Europe and Mexico. He also helped Abilene, Texas achieve recognition as a Preserve America city and grant recipient. He is the writer and director for the video Our Home, Our Rights: Texas and Texans in the Civil War, a winner of the Mitchell Wilder Award for Excellence in Publications and Media Design from the Texas Association of Museums.
Frazier is also active in historic preservation projects. He is currently serving as President and CEO of the McWhiney Foundation, a Texas-based educational non-profit which, among its various activities, manages and preserves the Buffalo Gap Historic Village, a museum that includes a collection of more than a dozen antique buildings. He has served as a consultant with several communities as they develop their heritage and cultural assets, and has been recognized for his efforts by numerous organizations including the American Association for State and Local History, The Texas Historical Foundation, the Historical Society of New Mexico, and the Louisiana Historical Association. Frazier is also involved in two highly regarded history publishing enterprises, State House Press and McWhiney Foundation Press.
Dr. Frazier has received accolades and honors for his contributions to the historical dialogue in the United States. He was chosen for a military history fellowship at the United States Military Academy at West Point, a fellowship at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland, and is in high demand as a thinker, consultant, and speaker. Frazier is also an elected member of the prestigious Philosophical Society of Texas, the oldest learned organization in the state, as well as the Texas Historical Foundation.
Dr. Robert Maberry, Jr.
Dr. Robert Maberry, Jr. is Assistant Professor of History at McMurry University.
Dr. Maberry is a pioneer in the field of vexillology (the scholarly study of flags) and an authority on historic Texas flags and symbols. He was chief consultant for the Texas Historical Commission’s Historic Flags of Texas Project. Dr. Maberry organized and served as curator for the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston’s groundbreaking exhibition “Texas Flags 1836-1941.” He also curated a traveling version of “Texas Flags 1836-1941,” which was exhibited in four of the state’s most prestigious museums. Dr. Maberry wrote the award-winning book Texas Flags in conjunction with the exhibition. Now in its second hardback printing and recently issued as a paperback, Texas Flags ranks as one of Texas A&M Press’s all-time top-selling history books.
Dr. Maberry is the recipient of the T. R. Fehrenbach Prize presented by the Texas Historical Commission for best book on Texas History; the Parmalee Award for historical preservation through research and writing from the Texas Historical Foundation; the Ottis Locke Award from the East Texas Historical Society for best book on Texas history; and the Texas State Historical Association’s Kate Broock Bate Award for outstanding achievement in the research and writing of nineteenth century Texas history.
Dr. Maberry is also committed to public history. He is a founding board member of the Grady McWhiney Foundation. Dr Maberry is the author of numerous articles and book reviews and is frequently an invited speaker for professional and civic organizations, historical societies, and heritage groups.
Before becoming a full-time educator, Dr. Maberry owned and managed a large dental practice for more than thirty-four years. During that time, he earned his advanced degrees in history and taught Civil War and U.S. History at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth.