May 6, 2008
The Dallas Morning News Donates its Publication, the Texas Almanac, to the Texas State Historical Association
DALLAS (May 6, 2008) - The Dallas Morning News announced today that it is donating its Texas Almanac to the Texas State Historical Association (TSHA). The donation includes the Almanac, the TexasAlmanac.com website, and many of its important archives.
The Texas Almanac is a legacy publication of The Dallas Morning News dating back to 1857, when the State of Texas was just 12 years old. In its 151-year history, it has become the recognized reference book on industry, commerce, natural resources, history, government, population, and other subjects relating to the political, civic, and economic development of Texas.
Dallas Morning News Publisher Jim Moroney, made the announcement. "We are pleased to have a found great match and a great home for the Texas Almanac," he said. "The Almanac is a natural fit with the Texas State Historical Association's 110-year history and tradition. Our decision allows The News to focus more on our core business - serving readers with important news and information and providing advertisers with products to achieve their marketing goals."
The mission of the Texas State Historical Association, founded in 1897, is to "foster the appreciation, understanding and teaching of the rich and unique history of Texas." Since 1952, it has published the Handbook of Texas, a multi-volume encyclopedia of Texas history, geography and culture, which is also online.
According to Frances B. Vick, president of the TSHA, "We are excited about this important addition to the Texas State Historical Association. The Dallas Morning News has given a tremendous gift to the people of Texas. With this donation, the Almanac will be linked with an organization that is a good strategic fit and that will preserve its historical value."
The TSHA announced it will move its offices to the University of North Texas later this year. It will retain its autonomy as a non-profit organization. The move will provide TSHA with the benefits of participation in the university's academic environment and association with the well-established reputation of its History Department, which is premier in the state for teaching Texas History.
About The Dallas Morning News
Established in 1885, The Dallas Morning News (dallasnews.com) is Texas' leading newspaper and serves a readership of more than 1.5 million. The newspaper has received eight Pulitzer Prizes since 1986, as well as numerous other industry awards recognizing the quality of its investigative and feature journalism, design and photojournalism. In 2005, the News received the Scripps Howard Foundation National Journalism Award for its editorial series calling for mandatory record votes in the Texas legislature, and its Web site, DallasNews.com, also was honored for Web reporting. In 2003, the paper launched the leading Spanish-language daily in North Texas, Al Dia; the standard-setting free weekday paper, Quick; and the nation's first editorial blog. The Dallas Morning News is the flagship newspaper subsidiary of A. H. Belo Corp. (NYSE: AHC, ahbelo.com), a distinguished news and information company that owns and operates four daily newspapers and 12 associated Web sites.
About the Texas State Historical Association
Founded as a private, nonprofit educational organization in 1897, the Texas State Historical Association has long been regarded as one of the nation's most dynamic regional history organizations. Reinforced by more than one hundred years of scholarship and educational programs, the purpose of the Association is to foster the appreciation, understanding, and teaching of the rich and unique history of Texas, and by example and through programs and activities, encourage and promote research, preservation, and publication of historical material affecting the state of Texas.