With Howard Days getting closer, here are a few announcements and updates.
We will not be holding the Swap Meet inside the Pavilion this year. Instead, we will have Dealers Area tables set up along the fence east of the House for anyone wanting to display and sell merchandise. But there are a few stipulations:
There will only be 6 tables available for $25.00 each for both June 8th and 9th. First come, first served and they can be purchased in advance. (Paypal payments: ProjPr...
Holy smokes! Look at what Jeff, Thadra and Heather found - with help from several dozen folks. It looks like an Egyptian tomb!
Be sure and check in at the Robert E. Howard House Archaeology Project page. Jeff, Thadra and Heather and all the volunteers have made some fascinating finds!
Big find at the end of the day! We've come down on the top of what appears to be a shelf of intact, in situ glass jars -- still in place after being buried for decades. We should be able to date them well enough to determine if they were from the Howards.
The "Big Dig" is happening this week on the grounds of the Robert E. Howard Museum! Archaeologist Jeffery Shanks (who just happens to be a major Howard fan too) will be leading his team of fellow archaeologists plus a number of volunteers. They'll be digging in the back yard of the house trying to uncover a former storm/cold cellar for the possible artifacts that may be there. One item of interest is the sign that hung on the house when REH lived lived there: DOCTOR. HOWARD ...RESIDENCE. It was deposited in the pit 40-some years ago - maybe it fell into a pocket of preservation!
There is a Go Fund Me page set up! https://www.gofundme.com/hh35y-robert-e-howard-house-archae… is the place to go for complete information and if you'd be interested in helping out with this project. Any amount over the funding goal will be donated directly to the Robert E. Howard Museum.
More news next week when we return from the dig! Thanks for your support!
Next week brings a flurry of activity to the Howard House!
Hold on to your hats, because it's almost time for THE DIG! The National Park Service will be in town the week of April 16-21 to excavate an old root/storm cell...ar on the grounds of the Robert E. Howard Museum. Three other families lived there before Project Pride bought the house in 1989, leading to the possibility that there are numerous layers of “life” in the cellar. Because the Museum has only a handful of items from the Howards, recovering any artifacts that date from the period when Robert and his family lived there would add significantly to the collection.
Once the excavation is complete, the artifacts will be taken to the Southeast Archeological Center in Tallahassee, FL, where they will be analyzed, processed, and prepared for display. At that point, they will be returned to Project Pride to be used in the best way possible to enhance the presentation of the Museum.
One of the best things about Howard Days is the announcement of the Winners of the REH Foundation Awards. The list is a veritable Who's Who in Robert E. Howard Fandom!
EIGHT WEEKS UNTIL HOWARD DAYS!
Here's the flyer about the Howard Museum that tells you most of the good stuff about the House. It's never too late to make plans to come to Howard Days - we've got lots of room and it's almost all FREE!
Check www.howarddays.com for all the info and schedules.
There are going to be exciting happenings at the Howard House in the next few weeks! We would be grateful for your support, if you're of a mind. Thanks!
Check out this link to see how you can support the Robert E. Howard House Archaeology Project. We have some great gifts and all donations are tax deductible. You can even join the dig in Cross Plains if you are feeling adventurous! Please Share This!
Only 10 weeks until Howard Days! This year we are Celebrating REH Fans and have some great activities planned for your All Things Howard enjoyment!
For previous attendees, the 2018 flyers with registration forms are hitting your mailboxes now. But never fear! Here are the forms for you to use!
Please note that you do not need to pre-register for Howard Days. With the exception of the Friday night Celebration Banquet, all the activities at Howard Days are free. We use this reg...istration form so you can insure yourself a seat at the Banquet, which are limited to 120.
Besides, 15 clams is such a reasonable price for all the food related goings-on! You'll be helping out Project Pride, the Keepers of the House, while enjoying the fellowship of Howard Fans from all over the world.
Additional and more detailed information can be found at www.howarddays.com. We looking forward to seeing y'all soon! Get those forms in by June 4th to insure yourself a seat at the table! And thanks!
At Howard Days this year, you will undoubtedly notice a big hole in the back yard of the House. Jeff Shanks and his team of archaeologists are making an honest to Crom dig in hopes of finding buried treasure! We'll keep you updated!
Coming in April... Project Pride in Cross Plains, The Southeast Archaeology Foundation, and the National Park Service will be sponsoring an excavation of the bu...ried cellar behind the Robert E. Howard House, thought to contain items from the from the period in which Howard lived there. More information will be coming soon on how you can help support this project and be a part of the team.
Arlene is the driving force behind Howard Days. She keeps us all in line when we show up in June! Thanks, Arlene!
Arlene Stephenson was recently a guest of Rick Austin at the Cross Plains Kiwanis meeting. She delivered an informative talk on Project Pride and its involvemen...t in community service. Of particular note was how the Robert E. Howard House Museum brings in visitors from all over the world, especially during REH Days in June.
Rusty Burke does a fine write-up here as he commemorates Novalyne Price Ellis.
Today is the 110th anniversary of the birth of Novalyne Price Ellis, author of One Who Walked Alone: Robert E. Howard, The Final Years (Donald M. Grant, 1986), ...the memoir upon which the movie The Whole Wide World (1996) was based. If you haven’t seen that movie, with Vincent D’Onofrio as Robert E. Howard and Renee Zellwegger as Novalyne Price, you really should. Even people who aren’t especially interested in Howard’s work have enjoyed this indy film about two young people striving to realize their dreams in Depression-era Texas, whose relationship steers toward romance but is tossed about on the seas of two strong wills. It was appropriate, I think, that the movie basically was willed into existence by one of Novalyne’s former students, Michael Scott Myers.
I had the pleasure of meeting and getting to know Novalyne after the book came out, and found that none of the “Texas spitfire” had dimmed: she was a lady who knew her mind and figured you oughta know it, too. She had a long and illustrious career teaching speech and debate, crowned by her election to the National Forensic League’s Hall of Fame in 1981. I was an old high-school debater, so this was another thing that cemented our friendship. I transcribed a lengthy interview with her that became part of the chapbook, Day of the Stranger: Further Memories of Robert E. Howard (Necronomicon Press, 1989). The book also included the titular radio play she had written in the ‘40s, featuring characters based on herself and Howard (the play was performed and released on a CD by Mark Finn, Cathy Day, and the Violet Crown Radio Players in 2004), and the text of the speech she gave at a banquet at the 1988 World Science Fiction Convention in New Orleans.
The photo here was taken the day after that speech, when Novalyne graciously met with a number of fans in the hotel lobby for a question-and-answer chat. On the left is Charles Hoffman, one of our most gifted essayists on Howard. Just behind him is Bill Cavalier: you can’t see anything but a piece of his forehead, but he’d never forgive me if I didn’t include him. I am, of course, the hairy gent in the middle. Next to me is Steve Ghilardi, of Zurich, who joined us for the first Howard Days trip back in 1986 and had so much fun he decided to come back in ’88 for the Worldcon: he came to Houston a week early and stayed with me, and between a comics convention and record stores we nearly bankrupted ourselves before we ever got to New Orleans. Next to him is my old buddy and roommate back in Knoxville at Roach Acres, Steve Trout. Over my left shoulder is Bill Ellis, Novalyne’s husband, and over my right shoulder their daughter-in-law, whose name eludes me. You can barely make out a little face behind my chair to my right, which would be Novalyne’s grandson, Brandon. I don’t know who the mustached fellow behind Novalyne was, nor whose head of hair is in the foreground.
She was a marvelous lady, and a real joy to converse with on a wide range of topics. Whenever I was with her I never wanted the visit to end. Happy birthday, Mrs. Ellis!
We'll be putting up a lot more information about this year's event in the coming days. In the meantime, here's some info about the 2018 Guest of Honor.
While his Indiana Jones fedora may be the first recognizable feature about "Indy" Bill Cavalier, the Robert E. Howard Fandom hats he wears are many: artist, essayist, scholar, historian, enthusiast, collector, promoter, editor. But above all, he is a Howard FAN.
Indy has been a fan of Robert E. Howard since 1966, when the Lanc...er paperback CONAN THE ADVENTURER leaped off the paperback rack and into his hands. Thus began a lasting and satisfying relationship with not only REH but the whole wide world.
2018 finds Bill as a 33 year member of REHupa, the Robert E. Howard United Press Association, 25 of which he has been the Official Editor (or O.E.) of the bi-monthly apa (amateur press association). He is one of seven who sits on the Board of Directors of The Robert E. Howard Foundation, a 2010 recipient of the Foundation's Black Circle Award for 25 years of service to Howard Fandom, a Cimmerian award winning essayist, and artist and writer for numerous REH related publications (including a 1981 op-ed in the legendary fanzine AMRA). Additionally, Indy was one of the four principles featured in the 2010 award-winning documentary about Howard Days, "Barbarian Days". Most recently, Bill is the cover artist for the REH Foundation Press book, "Pictures in the Fire".
But of all these accomplishments, Bill is most proud of the fact that he was one of the "Original Ten" to attend the very first Howard Days in 1986. Along with Rusty Burke, Bill is the only other attendee of that first gathering who today remains active in promoting the life, works and legacy of Robert E. Howard. Ten years ago, he took on the pleasurable task of helping Project Pride organize the yearly event.
Indy's daily life as a retiree finds him teaching watercolor painting, contributing a monthly cartoon panel to Knights of the Dinner Table magazine and playing some harmonica, among many other activities. This all happens when he's not pursuing other interests like Andrew Wyeth, the Beatles, Indiana Jones, the Marx Brothers, the Chicago White Sox, Dungeons & Dragons, Lewis and Clark or collecting pencils from all over the world. And: reading, drawing and researching Robert E. Howard, of course. He also finds time to tell any Howard fan he meets why the Conan tale "The Black Stranger" is Howard's absolute worst Conan story ever!
This year finds Indy celebrating 25 years of marriage to his lovely bride, Cheryl - so when you see them in Cross Plains, be sure to offer Cheryl your condolences while shaking your head in amazement at how Indy could ever have scored such a wonderful woman!
And no, he does not still have those shorts.
With Howard Days a little over three months away, here's a look at all the activities we have planned. Well, "most" of the activities, because there are always some surprises!
2018 HOWARD DAYS SCHEDULE
“Celebrating REH Fans”
We would like to dedicate Howard Days 2018 to four of our fallen Cross Plains friends: Tom Stephenson, Kennith Beeler, Don Clark and Tommy Rone. We miss you and will carry on your fine spirit and honor your legacy.
Looks like the Howard Days excitement will start early this year! We'll keep you posted on what treasures they find!
Jeff Shanks, archeologist for the National Park Service, will soon be heading up a team that will excavate the storm/root cellar on the property of the Howard M...useum. The goal is to have this project completed before the REH Days in June. Many things have been tossed into that underground room over time, so there’s no telling what they will discover. It’s been said that Dr. Howard’s shingle is down there! What do you think they will find?