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Looks like the Howard Days excitement will start early this year! We'll keep you posted on what treasures they find!

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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?

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Happy Birthday, Robert E. Howard!

January 22nd is the 112th anniversary of Ol' Two-Gun Bob Howard. Tradition around here demands we celebrate by reading some REH while enjoying a libation of choice. There's a lot of Howard and there's a lot of libation, so enjoy the day!

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Howard Days happens June 8th and 9th this year. You can get a jump on your donation to the Howard Museum by sending along a little bit now! Send more than the minimum and you will feel warm all over, just the thing for these cold winter days!

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Cross Plains Project Pride

Primary activities that Project Pride conducts yearly include owning and maintaining the Robert E. Howard Museum, providing numerous tours each month, and hosti...ng the Howard Days in June that attracts visitors from places all over the world. Membership is the lifeblood of any organization. You can do your part to help support the continuing legacy of Robert E. Howard by becoming a member of Project Pride. Family memberships are $5, while individuals can join for $3. Please make checks payable to Project Pride and mail to PO Box 534, Cross Plains, TX 76443. Or you can pay through PayPal at:
ProjPride@yahoo.com
Thanks!

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While the big gathering is in June, you can visit the Howard Museum any time! Well, during the day, that is! Hope you guys can come back!

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Cross Plains Project Pride

Jason Germany, a retired army infantryman from Waxahachie, Texas, recently made his third visit to the REH Museum. He did so to introduce his friend James McHen...ry, from Beaverton, Oregon, to the many works of Howard. He encouraged McHenry to explore the Conan books as a way to really get into the real stories rather than the comic book and paperback versions. A Robert E. Howard fan in the making, perhaps?

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New to Robert E. Howard Days? Check this out!
Thanks to the Cross Plains Chamber of Commerce.

Cross Plains Texas Chamber of Commerce added 3 photos and a video.

Project Pride gave us a brief tour of the Robert E. Howard House. Thank you Era Lee Hanke for the hospitality! Call them today to set up a full tour!
P.O. Box 5...34
Cross Plains, TX 76443
or telephone:
(254)725-6562
(254)725-4993

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Here's a nice little article about a place near and dear to our hearts.

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I Love Texas

Cross Plains, Texas

Cross Plains, at the junction of State highways 36 and 206 in southeastern Callahan County, was established as a post office in 1877. The se...ttlement had previously been known as Turkey Creek and Schleicher. In 1880 Cross Plains had twenty-five residents, a cotton gin, a gristmill, a wagonmaker, and a store; by 1885 it had a population of 175. In 1902 the short-lived Cross Plains Herald was published and edited by J. D. Grains. The Cross Plains Review, first published and edited by Belmont L. Shields, began publication in 1909 and was still being published in 2009. By 1910, the year the town incorporated, the population had grown to 600. The Texas Central Railroad reached Cross Plains in 1912, and the town became a trading center for cotton and other crops. The discovery of oil in 1925 at Pioneer and adjacent fields set off a boom. The population in Cross Plains reached 1,229 in 1940 and remained relatively stable into the 1980s. Robert E. Howard lived in Cross Plains during his most productive writing period. In 1980 the town had a new high school and post office, two motels, four restaurants, and eight churches. The Missouri, Kansas and Texas Railroad, which absorbed the Texas Central, had abandoned its track in Cross Plains by this time. In 1990 the population was 1,063, and in 2000 the population was 1,068.

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Here's a nice mention of Howard Days in Roy Thomas' ALTER EGO #150 for January of 2018. Thanks, Roy - and congratulations on your initiation to The Black Circle. We'll teach you the secret high sign next time we meet up.

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A New Year brings us a new Howard Days!

The 2018 version of Robert E. Howard Days takes place on Friday and Saturday, June 8th and 9th, at the Robert E. Howard Museum in Cross Plains, Texas. Once again, fans from all over the world will gather to celebrate the life and legacy of the incomparable Robert E. Howard!

Project Pride of Cross Plains, along with the Robert E. Howard Foundation and REHupa, the Robert E. Howard United Press Association will be your sponsors and hosts o...nce again. This year, we will celebrate members of all three of these organizations, along with the hundreds of REH fans from all over the U.S. and the world with our Howard Days theme of CELEBRATING REH FANS. Our Guest of Honor for 2018 is one of the mainstays of Howard Fandom, "Indiana Bill" Cavalier.

Again this year, Howard Days attendees will enjoy the fellowship and camaraderie felt by REH fans from all over the world! The Robert E. Howard Museum and adjoining Alla Ray Morris Pavilion are the gathering points and will be open to all (at absolutely no cost)! All of our regular activities will be in place: Tours of the REH Museum and grounds are ongoing; a Bus Tour of Cross Plains and environs takes place Friday morning; a Hot Dog Lunch, the Celebration Banquet and a honest to Texas Barbeque feast will keep you fed; numerous panels, seminars and demonstrations will feed your fannish and intellectual curiosities; you can marvel at Original Howard Manuscripts on display at the Cross Plains Public Library, you can acquire REH books, comics, magazines, t-shirts, hats and souvenirs in the Museum Gift Shop; the Robert E. Howard Foundation Press will be set up to sell true text Howard books; there will be a special REH Days postal cancellation stamp at the Cross Plains Post Office; and, we will have a small Dealers Area adjacent to the Pavilion this year. Plus, we promise to have a surprise or two to make things interesting!

We are in the process of getting our panels. scheduling & registration and logistics lined up to give you another great experience at Howard Days, so please stay tuned to this page as well as our Howard Days and REH Foundation Facebook pages.

It's never too early to start planning to join in all the fun and fellowship that Howard Days can provide for you, as we Celebrate the Fans of Robert E. Howard! Y'all come!

And we promise that Cross Plains will be thawed out come June!

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We would like to wish everyone Happy Holidays!

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Cross Plains Project Pride added 2 new photos.

Decorations at the REH Museum. From all of us at Project Pride, we wish you a Merry Christmas and happy new year!

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Cross Plains Project Pride

Michael Chabon, from Berkeley, California, stopped to visit the REH Museum while on a business trip to address the Arts & Letters Series at the Dallas Museum of... Art. A talent in his own right, Chabon is not only a Pulitzer Prize winning novelist (The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay), but also a screenwriter (Spider Man 2), columnist, and short story writer. His diversity as an author is what piqued his interest in Howard, who also wrote in multiple genres.

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Here's a way to help out so fine folks who have been a huge help to anyone attending Howard Days. Bid on this fabulous photography by 4 pm Saturday to the e-mail address for the First United Methodist Church of Cross Plains (fumccrossplains@gmail.com) and have a wonderful image of a place where Bob Howard walked. Email to this address for more info.

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Cross Plains Project Pride

A beautiful rendition of this iconic bridge on canvas board has been donated to the auction at this year's Lord's Acre. All proceeds will go to support the mis...sion programs at the First United Methodist Church of Cross Plains. If you are interested in this item, please PM me with your maximum bid by 4 p.m. Saturday, November 11. I will do my best to get it for you!

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Howard Days just won't be same without our friend Tom. If you would like to honor his memory with a donation, please do. Thanks.

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Cross Plains Project Pride

Project Pride is missing a familiar face, that of Tom Stephenson. His presence we will miss, but his memory we will always treasure. I can't think of a better ...way to honor Tom than by making a donation in his name to Project Pride. You can mail your check to Project Pride at PO Box 534, Cross Plains, TX 76443, or send your donation through Pay Pal to ProjPride@yahoo.com

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Now this is pretty cool! Great publicity for the Howard Museum!

Say you're a world-famous novelist with a few hours in Dallas to kill before you speak to a packed auditorium of eager fans. How do you fill your...
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Here is the obituary for our fine friend Tom Stephenson. Please think about donating to Project Pride in Tom's name.

So sad. Obituary for Tom Stephenson. Great man. Services are on Thursday. Please pray for Arlene and Randy.

Tom Stephenson, age 83, passed away peacefully with his wife Arlene at his side on October 2, 2017 at the Hendrick Medical Center in Abilene, TX. Tom Barton Stephenson was born into his doting family on March 21, 1934 in Brownwood, Texas; the son of Eddie and Laura Stephenson. Being the much younger...
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We are heartbroken to learn of the passing of Tom Stephenson today.
Any visitors to Howard Days would know Tom as one of the mainstays of the event and his smiling presence was one of the delights of the days.
Our thoughts and prayers go to Arlene and the entire community of Cross Plains. God speed, Tom - and thanks for all the donuts!

We'd like to share what Rusty Burke wrote about Tom:

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I'm having a hard time wrapping my mind around the idea that Tom Stephenson has passed away. In part that's because, after a recent heart attack, the news seemed encouraging, and I thought he was on his way back. But in larger part it's because Tom has been such a constant presence in my life for so long.
I don't even know how many years I've known Tom and Arlene. A loooong time. I don't get to Cross Plains more than once a year now, though I used to make it down a little more frequently. But when I'm there, Tom is a constant, ubiquitous, cheerful presence. There he is setting up tables at the pavilion; now he's over there helping to carry boxes for the gift shop; then he's making coffee and serving donuts; now he's in town at the Post Office; then he's back at the pavilion helping cook and serve hot dogs; at the banquet, he helped with set up and was the smiling fella who took your money after the Silent Auction. Everywhere you looked, there was Tom, always with a smile on his face and a friendly word for you. On Sunday mornings, he greeted everyone entering the Methodist Church, and served as an usher.
Tom was the Treasurer for Project Pride, the civic organization that not only runs Howard Days, but also is engaged in a lot of other community activities; Arlene has served for several years now as President. They have been active in many other local efforts, as well. The two of them just seem to be everywhere, not necessarily together. I've sometimes wondered if they were able to clone themselves at will.
For the past several years, they have been the Shipping Department for the Robert E Howard Foundation, storing the books we publish, and sending them out as the orders come in, so we could send our packages with a Cross Plains postmark.
All in all, I think Tom may have been the purely nicest man I have ever known. I believe he quietly and cheerfully lived his faith every day.
So it is with a heavy heart that I contemplate visiting a Cross Plains without Tom Stephenson. I imagine that I'll continue to see him out of the corner of my eye, smiling and waving as he trundles off on another mission. He's going to leave a very large void in the community, and in the lives of those of us who loved him. We take solace in knowing that he will rest from his labor, and his deeds will follow him.

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Here's a nicely all-encompassing article about Howard Days this past June. Now, if we can just get journalists NOT to mention his suicide in the first paragraph we'll be doing all right.

But, great article nonetheless.

Excellent article about Robert E. Howard & Howard Days by Robyn Ross. The article appears online and in print (Texas Observer magazine). She was at this past Howard Days interviewing a lot of Howard Heads.

Texas' most obscure literary festival celebrates the weird genius of "Conan the Barbarian" creator Robert E. Howard.
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