Austin College Professor of History Dr. Light T. Cummins was honored by the City of Sherman in an official proclamation Monday, April 4, during the City Council meeting. Mayor Bill Magers, a 1985 graduate of Austin College, recognized Dr. Cummins for his service as the Texas State Historian and for his dedication in advancing the cause of a greater understanding of history across the state.
“As a student at Austin College, I remember Dr. Cummins’ classes,” Magers said. “His lectures were enthusiastic and energetic. Through his insight and passion, I have a greater understanding of history and the impact on our communities today.”
In receiving the award, Dr. Cummins was asked to share about his experience the past two years. “I have traveled over 35,000 miles during the last two years as the State Historian,” he said. “I have stood on the far southeastern corner of Texas at Sabine Pass and looked across at Louisiana. I have been to the furthest reaches of the Texas Panhandle and looked across at Oklahoma. I have been to the Rio Grande Valley and seen Mexico across the river, and I have been to El Paso and looked west to see New Mexico. The size of Texas is almost too much to contemplate, as is its natural beauty and diversity.”
Magers encouraged all citizens to join with him in this appreciation and extended an invitation to the community to be a part of a special day of recognition for Cummins on the Austin College campus on Thursday, April 7.