DANIEL E. KILGORE LOCAL HISTORY AWARDS BANQUET
TUESDAY, MAY2, 2023
6:30 P.M.
EMERALD BEACH HOTEL, 1302 S. SHORELINE, COPRUS CHRISTI
GUEST SPEAKER:
JOE SUGAREK

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.”

The annual Daniel Kilgore Banquet was held May 2, 2023, at the Emerald Beach Hotel. 

 

The annual Daniel Kilgore Banquet was held May 2, 2023, at the Emerald Beach Hotel. 

Read about the officers and trustees here.

 

2022-2023 award recipients


 

Cecilia Gutierrez Venable

Cliff Strain

 

 

James Pruitt

 

past award recipients

Preservers of our history

2021-22
John Lloyd Bluntzer
REV. Chip Blackshear
2020-21
Mike Carlisle
Penny Pillack
2019-20

Chip Blackshear
John Lloyd Bluntzer

2018-19

Laura Garcia
Rick Pratt
2017-18

Allison Ehrlich
Kathryn Wemer
Jeff Felts
2016-17

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 Wilks

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