State House Press

Welcome to the home page of State House Press, non-profit publisher of quality books on the history of Texas and the Civil War.

State House Press and the McWhiney Foundation Press are part of the Texas A&M University Press Consortium, which handles retail distribution for a number of small but distinguished publishers. Our entire list of offerings, with pictures, summaries, prices, and easy online ordering, is available in our section of the consortium web pages.

State House Press is proud of its reputation for high standards of scholarship and readability. As Kent Biffle of the Dallas Morning News once said, “I never met a State House Press book I didn’t like.”

We release not only Texana by contemporary authors but reprints of classic accounts of Texas life and history otherwise inaccessible to the general public. Our booklist also incorporates the publications of the McWhiney Foundation Press, specializing in the history of the Old South and the Civil War. We strive with our titles to make history accessible to as many readers as possible. To accomplish this task, we have recruited some of America’s leading historians and many bright new scholars. We believe firmly in narrative history, in telling a good story, and in telling it well – without losing sight of the people who made history and the events that changed a nation.

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10 months ago

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Just Published!Pearl Sets the Pace By: Mary Carolyn Hollers GeorgeA family business frequently involves enough drama to fill a book—this one in fact.Pearl Sets the Pace tells the story of two landmark companies and a mighty dynasty. It begins in 1883, with the arrival of German brew master Otto Koehler in the bustling city of San Antonio, Texas. He establishes himself as one of the founders of a firm that eventually becomes the Pearl Brewery. In 1914, his murder at the hands of a disgruntled mistress becomes front-page news across the nation. Emma, his grieving (but tough-as-nails) widow, assumes leadership of the company and keeps it afloat during the dark days of Prohibition. In 1941, Margaret Bosshardt one of Emma’s granddaughters, marries David Earl Pace. After World War II, the young couple formulate a secret recipe for Mexican salsa. Like mad scientists, they experiment in their home kitchen and try out their concoctions on friends. From such humble beginnings grew a mighty enterprise, a real-world manifestation of the American Dream. By the early 1990s, Dave and Margaret’s picante sauce was the top-selling Mexican food condiment in the world. Their descendants sold the business to the Campbell Soup Company for $1.1 billion.Through murders and mistresses, Depression and divorces, booms and busts, a passion for product sustained the Koehler-Pace clan. To make something, not simply for their neighbors to buy, but also something that would become integral to their daily lives. That became their defining principle. Yes, it defined them, but it also characterized their city. Can anyone really imagine San Antonio without beer and picante sauce? This is the story of a proud, complicated, and interwoven family and the two great enterprises they wrangled. But it is also the story of a unique Texas city and the people it breeds.It’s a business story, a family story, and a story of a thriving, modern city; it is also our story.ABOUT THE AUTHORMARY CAROLYN HOLLERS GEORGE is a writer and architectural historian. A native of San Antonio, Texas. She is a retired professor of art history. She is a member of the Society of Architectural Historians.Click link to purchase www.tamupress.com/book/9781933337890/pearl-sets-the-pace/ ... See MoreSee Less
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10 months ago

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Just Published!The Texas Tonkawas By: Stanley S. McGowenThis new study revolves around the Tonkawa tribe in the history of the Lone Star State and the greater Southwest. The chronological account allows readers to understand its triumphs and struggles over the course of a century or more, and places the story in a larger historical narrative of shifting alliances, cultural encounters and economic opportunity. From a coalition with the Lipan Apaches to the incorporation of Tonkawa scouts in the U.S. Army during the late nineteenth century, the author tells the story of these often overlooked people. By highlighting the role of the Tonkawas, Dr. McGowen provides a fresh appreciation of their influence in frontier history and renders their ultimate fate all the more heartbreaking.This book made possible in part by a grant from Summerfield G. Roberts Foundation.ABOUT THE AUTHORSTANLEY S. McGOWEN received his Ph.D. in history from Texas Christian University. He is a retired U.S. Army officer and university professor. He is also the author of Horse Sweat and Powder Smoke: The First Texas Cavalry in the Civil War published by Texas A & M University Press.PUBLISHED BY STATE HOUSE PRESSClick link to purchase www.tamupress.com/book/9781933337920/the-texas-tonkawas/ ... See MoreSee Less
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