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Dan K. Utley

Mr. Dan UtleyRetired

Curriculum Vitae

Educational Background
M.A. - History, Sam Houston State University
Secondary Teacher Certification - Lamar University
B.A. - History, University of Texas at Austin

Dan K. Utley is an adjunct professor and the chief historian for the Center for Texas Public History. A native of East Texas, he holds a BA in history from the University of Texas and an MA in history from Sam Houston State University. He began his public history career with the Texas Historical Commission (THC), where he became the director of research, and he later had his own public history consulting business, specializing in cultural resource management, historical designations, cemetery preservation, heritage education, writing, and editing. His clients included the Lower Colorado River Authority, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, and Texas State Soil and Water Conservation Board. He also worked for the Baylor University Institute for Oral History and the Texas Archeological Research Laboratory. He later returned to the THC, from which he retired in 2007 as the chief historian. A former president of the East Texas Historical Association and the Texas Oral History Association, he is a past chairman of the National Register State Board of Review. He currently serves as a member of the Texas Antiquities Advisory Board, as president of the Public History Association of Texas, and as editor of the journal, Sound Historian. Mr. Utley's specializations include Texas cultural history, oral history, public history, site interpretation, and historic preservation. His professional memberships include the Texas State Historical Association, East Texas Historical Association, West Texas Historical Association, National Council on Public History, National Trust for Historic Preservation, and Forest History Society.

Recent Research Topics
Texas historic sites, sports history, and environmental history. He recently edited an oral history memoir of Texas historian Archie P. McDonald that will be published in the fall of 2016.

Awards and Accomplishments
Fellow, Texas State Historical Association
Fellow, East Texas Historical Association
Thomas L. Charlton Award for Lifetime Achievement in Oral History
Ralph W. Steen Award for Distinguished Service to Eastern Texas History
Best of East Texas Award, 2008
Philosophical Society of Texas Award of Merit for best Texas book (History Ahead), 2011
San Antonio Conservation Society Book Award (History Ahead), 2011

Recent Publications

Echoes of Glory: Historic Military Sites Across Texas (with Thomas E. Alexander), 2015

Go Where the Fighting was Fiercest: A Guide to the Texas Civil War Monuments (with Thomas E. Alexander), 2014

"Ernest W. Winkler," in Writing the Story of Texas (Cox and Hendrickson), 2013

History Along the Way: Stories beyond the Texas Roadside Markers (with Cynthia J. Beeman), 2013

Faded Glory: A Century of Forgotten Texas Military Sites, Then and Now (with Thomas E. Alexander), 2012

Just Between Us: Stories and Memories from the Texas Pines (with Milton S. Jordan), 2012

Sentimental Journey: An Architectural History of Georgetown, Texas (with Clara Stearns Scarbrough and Kathy Corbett), reprinted 2012

History Ahead: Stories beyond the Texas Roadside Markers (with Cynthia J. Beeman), 2010

Guided with a Steady Hand: The Cultural Landscape of a Rural Texas Park (with James W. Steely), 1998

From Can See to Can't: Texas Cotton Farmers on the Southern Prairies (with Thad Sitton), 1997