Posted by Jayme Blaschke
Office of Media Relations
May 5, 2017
Frank de la Teja, Texas State University System Regents' Professor and Director of the Center for the Study of the Southwest at Texas State University, has been honored with the 2017 Heroes of San Jacinto award by the San Jacinto Battleground Conservancy.
De la Teja accepted his award during the Humanities Texas annual meeting in Austin, in recognition of his outstanding contributions toward building greater public awareness and scholarship concerning the Battle of San Jacinto.
The Battle of San Jacinto Symposium has had de la Teja as a speaker three times and co-moderator multiple times. He has been an invaluable sounding board and advisor in structuring the conservancy symposia programs. Over the years, he has donated many goods and services to the non-profit conservancy, saving thousands of dollars for the organization.
De la Teja is the Jerome H. and Catherine E. Supple Professor of Southwest Studies at Texas State. He earned his Ph.D. in history from the University of Texas at Austin. He has published extensively on Spanish, Mexican, and Republic-era Texas, including most recently, Faces of Béxar: Early San Antonio and Texas. De la Teja has served on the board of directors and as president of the Texas State Historical Association. He was the inaugural State Historian of Texas (2007- 2009), and is a Fellow of the Texas State Historical Association, and the Texas Catholic Historical Society.
The San Jacinto Battleground Conservancy is a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving, reclaiming and restoring the San Jacinto Battleground and building greater public awareness and scholarship about the battle. The conservancy presents its Hero Award on special occasions to recognize outstanding contributions toward preserving, reclaiming and restoring the San Jacinto Battleground and/or building greater public awareness and scholarship concerning the Battle of San Jacinto.