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The Texas State Historical Association (TSHA) has named Dr. Cynthia E. Orozco, professor of history and humanities at ENMU Ruidoso, to its advisory board to provide oversight of the forthcoming Handbook of Texas Women’s History encyclopedia

The TSHA project is a new three-year endeavor to increase the number of articles about Texas women in the state’s online encyclopedia.

The TSHA is Texas’ oldest learned society founded in 1898. Orozco served as the first Hispanic Research Associate for the encyclopedia project in 1987. There she wrote 80 articles for the New Handbook of Texas published in 1996 and which
is now online. She also co-edited Mexican Americans in Texas History, a book resulting from a TSHA conference.

The project was announced at the recent TSHA annual meeting held in Houston last week.

Orozco served on the program committee and organized sessions on the history of Latinos in Houston and another on Latino archives in Houston. The TSHA named Orozco a fellow, its highest distinction, in 2012.

Orozco is also the author of No Mexicans, Women or Dogs Allowed: The Rise of the Mexican American Civil Rights Movement and a forthcoming biography of Texas civil rights leader Adela Sloss Vento.

In June ENMU Ruidoso is offering a community education class on Texas women’s history. For more information contact ENMU Ruidoso at 575.257.2120.

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