Camp Bowie Symposium
Commemorating the 75th Anniversary of Camp Bowie – Brownwood, Texas
Howard Payne University
On September 16-18, 2015, Tarleton State University will join with Howard Payne University and the Brown County Museum of History in commemoration of the 75th Anniversary of the establishment of Camp Bowie in Brownwood. Camp Bowie, commissioned for construction in Brown County on September 19, 1940, was the first major military project in Texas during WWII. It was a major training location for the famed 36th Division, and over 250,000 troops served or trained at the facility from 1940-1946. The site also included a large German POW camp.
Read the event press release here and register below.
|Wednesday, September 16
||Opening Reception – Foyer, Meyer Faith and Life Leadership Center -Howard Payne University
|Thursday, September 17
||Registration/Tour sign up – Foyer, Meyer Faith and Life Leadership Center – Howard Payne University
|9:00 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.
||Opening Session – Jackson Room, Meyer Faith and Life Leadership CenterIntroduction and Camp Bowie History
Dr. Eric V. Morrow – Tarleton State UniversityPreserving Camp Bowie History
Ms. Alexia Riggs – Dean of Libraries – Howard Payne University
Board Member – Brown County Museum of History
|10:40 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.
||Session 2 – Jackson Room, Meyer Faith and Life Leadership Center
(Camp Bowie tour available – preregistration online or by phone)
A Soldier’s View of Life at Camp Bowie – Reflections from the letters and journal of Harold W. Hooper stationed at Camp Bowie 1939-1941.
Mr. James Hooper
||Luncheon (pre-registration online or by phone) – Bullion Suites, Mabee Center – Howard Payne UniversityKeynote – Mr. Jeff Hunt – Director, Texas Military Forces Museum at Camp Mabry in Austin
|1:30 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.
||Session 3 – Jackson Room, Meyer Faith and Life Leadership Center
(Camp Bowie tour available – preregistration online or by phone)POWs at Camp Bowie: A Brief History and the Ethics of POW Treatment During WWII – Dr. Matthew Hallgarth and Ms. Michelle Loyd – Tarleton State UniversityStrength Has Many Faces – The story of POW Henry Spalding and the Lost Battalion during three and a half years of captivity – Ms. Marcia Glasgow – Comanche, Texas
|3:00 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.
||Session 4 – Jackson Room, Meyer Faith and Life Leadership CenterExhibit Viewing – Brown County Museum of History
||Exhibit Opening – Brown County Museum (dignitaries)
||Banquet – Bullion Suites – Mabee Center(pre-registration online or by phone)
|Friday, September 18
|9:00 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.
||Session 5 – Jackson Room, Meyer Faith and Life Leadership Center
The Landing at Salerno: the 36th Division’s First Fight
Mr. Jeff Hunt – Director, Texas Military Forces Museum at Camp Mabry in AustinVisions of Peace: How Texans Imagined Post-War Life at the Conclusion of World War II – Dr. Eric V. Morrow – Tarleton State University
Please click here to register.
The Symposium will offer presentations on Camp Bowie, the history of military installations in Texas, the legacy and contributions of those who served in WWII from the region, and other related topics. The event is already attracting attention around the region and the state, and will be an academic forum for faculty, students, military scholars, researchers, dignitaries and residents.
If you would like to submit a presentation proposal in any of the related areas listed above, please send a working title and abstract to firstname.lastname@example.org by August 15.
Resolutions Passed by the Texas Legislature
During the 84th Session of the Texas Legislature, resolutions were passed by both the House and Senate honoring the anniversary of the establishment of Camp Bowie and recognizing this commemorative event. You can view the resolutions at the links below.
Senate – SR 800
House – HR
Camp Bowie Tours
We have arranged for tours of the Camp Bowie area to be provided during the event by City and Rural Rides. Once the website is available, registration will include the fees and times. This will provide an opportunity for a guided tour of the main area of the camp including structures still in place.
Museum Exhibit Opening and Other Events
An official opening of the new exhibit will be held on Thursday evening September 17 followed by a banquet commemorating the anniversary. More details on the program of these events will be forthcoming, but invitations are being extended to dignitaries to participate. The plans for the banquet include a color guard, music, a video presentation and more.
The event is connected to the Brownwood Reunion which will be held on September 18-20. On Saturday, September 19, the Museum will sponsor a Living History camp from WWII, tours of the new exhibit, and a memorial at Camp Bowie.
For interviews and information on sponsorships and the symposium please contact the following coordinators from each institution:
Brown County Museum of History
Mr. Hank Hunter
Ms. Beverly Norris
Coordinator – “A Tribute to Those Who Served” Exhibit
Howard Payne University
Dr. W. Mark Tew
Provost and Chief Academic Officer
(325) 649-8042 – email@example.com
Tarleton State University
Dr. Eric V. Morrow
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Head – Department of Social Sciences
(325) 642-1340 – firstname.lastname@example.org