Authors Louise O’Connor and Cecilia Thompson Release ‘Marfa and Presidio County, Texas’

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New book presents simple encyclopedic study of Trans-Pecos area with emphasis on Presidio County

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an eye-opener for a better understanding of how this small yet historically rich land is what it is now

In their quest to continue their study and to share a better knowledge and understanding of a part of Texas that is still somewhat a frontier, authors Louise S. O'Connor and Cecilia Thompson reveal the second volume of their book “Marfa and Presidio County, Texas: A Social, Economic, and Cultural Study 1937 to 2008 Volume Two, 1990–2008” (published by Xlibris).

Volume One related the history of Marfa and Presidio County from its earliest days. The changes were vast as time went on, but it is possible to see how many of the essences of the culture have remained untouched. The preservation of the history of this remarkable county is now becoming popular and although much was lost in an era where survival was still a full time job, enough has been saved to tell the story. Volume Two continues this study of a unique culture. The story will be picked up in 1990 which begins an era of change quite different from its earlier history. From the late 20th century to the present, one will see a frontier come into the modern world.

A case study worth reading, “Marfa and Presidio County, Texas” is an eye-opener for a better understanding of how this small yet historically rich land is what it is now. Packed with the economic, social, and cultural history of Presidio County; this book gives readers, both lay and the historians, a clear and complete picture of the events that lead to the preservation, industrialization, and the improvement of one of the frontiers of the United States of America.

“Marfa and Presidio County, Texas”
By Louise O’Connor and Cecilia Thompson
Hardcover | 6x9 in | 494 pages | ISBN 9781499010077
Softcover | 6x9 in | 494 pages | ISBN 9781499010084
Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble

About the Author
Dr. Cecilia Thompson (1920-2012) is well-known for her historical works on the Big Bend region of Texas. Born and raised in Fort Davis, Dr. Thompson pursued her higher education in theater arts at the University of Iowa. Her professional career has included myriad theatrical endeavors and also historical writings on her home territory. Of the latter achievements, her magnum opus is without a doubt “History of Marfa County, Texas, 1535-1946. Widely acclaimed, Dr. Thompson’s narrative received the prestigious T.R. Fehrenbach Book Award in 1985 as best county history.

Louise S. O’Connor was born in Victoria, Texas, a fifth-generation member of the O’Connor family, which has been ranching the Texas Coastal Bend since 1834. A graduate of Nazareth Academy in Victoria, she attended Loretto Heights College in Denver, Victoria College, and University of Texas at Austin. She majored in History, English, and American Studies. In 1996, the author was awarded an Honorary Master of Arts from Bath University College in Bath, England, for her work in the preservation of Texas history. O’Connor lives on her family ranches and continues to deepen her historical research using oral interviews and photographs.

Xlibris Publishing, an Author Solutions, LLC imprint, is a self-publishing services provider created in 1997 by authors, for authors. By focusing on the needs of creative writers and artists and adopting the latest print-on-demand publishing technology and strategies, we provide expert publishing services with direct and personal access to quality publication in hardcover, trade paperback, custom leather-bound and full-color formats. To date, Xlibris has helped to publish more than 60,000 titles. For more information, visit or call 1-888-795-4274 to receive a free publishing guide. Follow us @XlibrisPub on Twitter for the latest news.

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