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We are proud to announce #27 in our series of extra books, A Boyhood Dream Realized: Half a Century of Texas Culture, One Newspaper Column at a Time. As the title suggests, this book is a collection of columns from the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal brought to us by journalism legend Burle Pettit, who worked in the newspaper industry for half a century. These columns represent decades of observations of local lore, customs, traditions, legends, beliefs, and folkways of West Texas. Although the newspaper industry has changed a great deal from the time Burle Pettit first began his career, newspapers still reflect what is most important to a group of people. They are, in a way, the heartbeat of a region, and they serve as a record of people’s livelihoods and losses, their triumphs and tragedies, and their musings and memories.Click here to get your copy: Extra Book #27
The Texas Folklore Society has a rich history in publishing the lore that has been presented and preserved by its members over the past century. We have over seventy regular volumes in our Publications of the Texas Folklore Society series, including a three-volume history of the organization from 1909 through 2000. The Society has also supported the publication over two dozen single-author "Extra Books" on folklore. If you're interested in reading about the things that make us who we are, you still have the opportunity to obtain previous publications.
To see a list of all Texas Folklore Society publications, click the following link:
The San Saba Treasure: Legends of Silver Creek tells the tale of four treasure hunters from San Marcos, Texas, who searched for a lost mine on the San Saba River filled with thousands of silver bars left by Spanish miners. TFS member and author David C. Lewis, a descendant of one of those adventurers, takes on his own quest to find the history behind the legend once popularized by J. Frank Dobie in his classic book Coronado’s Children. While Lewis warns that this book, though it does contain a map, will not lead you to silver and gold, it will lead you to a treasure trove of mystery, wonder, and dozens strange and interesting characters.
Order your copy today: Extra Book #26
The 2017 publication, Legends and Life in Texas: Folklore from the Lone Star State, in Stories and Song (PTFS
#72) is a traditional miscellany, the backbone of the PTFS series. This
book features three chapters: one one legendary Texans and the stories
behind their lives, one on music, and one that looks back at simpler times. From female
bullfighters, the first man to fly, and prisoners who entertained through
music, to well-known heroes like Sam Houston and David Crockett, you don't want
to miss this fun and enlightening look at Texas life and legends.
Order your copy today: Purchase PTFS #72
The 2016 publication is a tribute to F. E. Abernethy, who served as the
TFS Secretary-Editor for thirty-three years. PTFS #71 contains one
article for each year Ab served in this position. The wide range of
topics he covered over the decades are a must-have for anyone who knew
him, as a teacher, as a musician, as a world traveler, or as a friend of
Order your copy today: Purchase PTFS #71