History of the award

Daniel E. Kilgore – an avid historian


Daniel E. Kilgore (1921-1995), a longtime certified public accountant in Corpus Christi, was a renowned Texana collector and appreciator of Texas and local history. He was considered one of the state’s most avid lay historians. In addition to collecting Texas history literature, Kilgore also produced it. He authored numerous books and reviews, and wrote articles for local newspapers.

Daniel Kilgore had a long-range effect on our area. The local university, Texas A&M Corpus Christi, honored him in 2012 by naming their Reading Room after him in the Special Collection and Archives Section of the Bell Library. Read more about his contributions to TAMUCC here

His efforts in preserving and cataloging local history led the Nueces County Historical Society to create the Daniel E. Kilgore Local History Award in 2004. The Award was established by the Society in memory of Mr. Kilgore for the purpose of “recognizing meritorious service to the NCHS and/or for the promotion and preservation of local and regional history.”

2017-18 award recipients


Allison Ehrlich

Allison Ehrlich was born and raised in Corpus Christi.  She attended school at Windsor Park Elementary, Baker Middle School, and King High School and earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Communications Media from Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi.  She has been the archivist at the Corpus Christi Caller-Times since 2007 and joined the Caller-Times Editorial Board in 2012.  She writes a weekly “Throwback Thursday” column on Corpus Christi history.  She previously worked as a library assistant at La Retama Central Library and at Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi’s Mary and Jeff Bell Library.  Allison has been married to Eric Ehrlich for more than 10-years and they are parents to a 4-year-old daughter and a 1-year-old son.

 

Jeff Felts

Jeff Felts is Director of Television Production for KEDT-TV, and has been a part of the station’s production team since 1987.  He has produced award-winning public affairs programs and instructional programs, as well as historical and social documentaries.   Jeff combines knowledge of the South Texas cultural environment with thirty-years of experience in public television production.  The Texas Historical Commission recognized his documentary on the 1914 Nueces County Courthouse with its award of excellence, and his numerous other works are also award-winning.  Jeff lives in Corpus Christi with his wife of 31-years, Suzie, an elementary school librarian, son Paul who is attending Texas A&M University – Kingsville’s Irma Lerma Rangel College of Pharmacy, and son Nathan, a Kaffie Middle School student.

Kathryn Wemer

After retiring from Corpus Christi Independent School District with over 36-years teaching American and Texas history, Kathy elected to continue in the classroom as a substitute teacher.  Outside the classroom she continues to docent at the Centennial House to include private tours of the residence, speaking on various history topics for organizations, and researching and coordinating the dedication of Texas Historical Commission markers in the city and around Nueces County.  She currently serves as Vice President of the Nueces County Historical Society, and in that capacity coordinates the monthly programs of the Society.  It’s been said that Kathy eats and sleeps history 24-hours a day!

 

past award recipients

Preservers of our history

2017-18
Allan Hayes
James E. Klein
Christine (Reiser) Robbins
Mark W. Robbins

 

2015-16
RudyTejano Peña
Maxine Snapka

 

2014-15
Andi Estes
Mark Young
Gregory Smith

 

2013-14
David Kircher
Karen Howden
Helen Wilk

 

2012-13
Sue Ryland
Debbie Zuniga
Bill Havelka
Elizabeth Susser

 

 

 

2011-12
Dusty Knoblauch
Jo Ann Patillo
Rev. Ines Ramon

 

2010-11
Rufus Avery
Mark Creighton
Sr. Dorothy Anhaiser
Francis (Sissy) Farenthold
Guthrie Ford
Richard Hatch

 

2009-10
Dusty Durrill
Jim Rome
Rick Stryker

 

2008-09
Mary Jo O’Rear
Ben McDonald
Thomas Kreneck
Herbert Canales
Carolyn “Bunny” (Arnim) Tinker

 

 

2007-08
Kenneth L. Anthony
Lee J. Govatos
Norman Delaney, PhD
Robert Whistler
Clara R. Davy
Hannah Haegelin
Margaret Ramage

 

2006-07
Genevieve Cox
Rev. E. F. Bennett
Murphy Givens
Amanda (Chapman) Keller
Jim Moloney
Sue Stanford
Frank Wagner

 

2005-06
Geraldine D. McGloin
Rex “Jim” Stever
Barbara M. Stever
Bill Walraven
Marjorie K. Walraven
Anita Eisenhauer
Sally Robeau

 

2004-05
Harry Plomarity
Peggy Bickham
Margaret Walberg
Msgr. Michael A. Howell
Rosa G. Gonzales
Carol Kilgore