Saturday, May 17, 2008

From the Mexia Daily News:

The Texas Historical Commission (THC) recently named Dixie Hoover to the position of site manager of the Confederate Reunion Grounds State Historic Site. Confederate Reunion Grounds is one of 20 historic properties throughout the state operated by the THC.

Hoover comes to the THC from Hardin-Simmons University in Abilene, where she served as the history center supervisor. She also held various roles throughout Texas as an education programs and services director, consultant and archivist. She earned a bachelor’s degree from McMurry University in Abilene and a master’s degree from Texas Tech University in Lubbock. Hoover is active in numerous non-profit organizations including Friends of Buffalo Gap Historic Village, Frontier Women Living History Association and Texas Association of Museums.

“Confederate Reunion Grounds is steeped in Civil War history and memories,” said Hoover. “I’m excited about facilitating its growth and bringing in more visitors to share the experience.

Confederate Reunion Grounds was donated to the state in 1983. The site commemorates a place where Civil War veterans gathered from 1889 to 1946 to perpetuate memories of fallen comrades, aid disabled survivors and widows and orphans of deceased soldiers and to preserve the fraternity that grew out of the war. Today, the site houses a 1893 dance pavilion, Civil War-era steel barreled cannon and recreational opportunities.

“This property is a valuable asset to the distinctive array of historic sites that the THC now oversees,” said Historic Sites Division Director

Donna Williams. “We are very pleased to have Dixie Hoover working with us as we continue to improve these sites and enhance their program visitor service.”

For more information regarding Confederate Reunion Grounds or the THC’s other historic properties, contact the Historic Sites Division at

512/463-6323 or visit

The Texas Historical Commission is the state agency for historic preservation. The agency administers a variety of programs to preserve the archeological, historical and cultural resources of Texas.

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