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Local DAR chapter presents second annual Historical Preservation Award

Local DAR chapter presents second annual Historical Preservation Award
November 22
11:44 2022

Lee’s Legion Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution presented the 2022 Historical Preservation Award at the November meeting to Dr. Duane Hale.

Throughout the history of DAR, historic preservation has always been one of the main focuses of the organization as a way of saving history for future generations, and Lee’s Legion honored Hale, a researcher, writer, lecturer and teacher, for the impact he has had on helping preserve history for future generations.

Hale grew up near Cisco and has long had a deep interest in the tales told by his elders. In 1964, he graduated from Abilene Christian University, majoring in math and education with a minor in history. He also received his master’s degree in history from Abilene Christian University in 1972. He received his Ph.D. from Oklahoma State University in 1977, majoring in American Indian and American Western History with minors in Ancient Roman and Greek History, Colonial Latin American History, Archeology and Geophysics.

He has taught math and history in several states and Canada. For the last 29 years, Hale taught American and Texas history at Cisco Junior College before retiring. While at CJC, he received the Outstanding Teacher award for the Abilene campus in 2008.

From 1995 through 2019, Hale required his history students to conduct oral history interviews. The assignment, “In Pursuit of the American Dream: An Oral History Project Linking Past, Present, and Future,” totaled 5,341 interviews conducted by his students.

Eastland County, and the Cisco Loboes in particular, are special to Hale. Some of his books include “My Heroes Have Always Been Loboes” and “The Santa Claus Bank Robbery.” He’s also written numerous articles on local topics.

In 2000, Hale honored Cisco Writers Club charter member Leta Latch Lloyd by creating the Lela Latch Lloyd Memorial Museum, at 116 W. Seventh St. in Cisco. The museum is focused on preserving local history and displays historical items and photographs from the area.

The is the second annual Historical Preservation Award that the organization has presented. The inaugural award went to Breckenridge’s Jean Hayworth last year. Click here to read about the 2021 presentation to Hayworth.

The Lee’s Legion Chapter of the DAR includes members from the surrounding area, including Breckenridge, Albany, Moran and Cisco.


(Information and photo provided by the Lee’s Legion Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution.)


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