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The Ninth Southern Conference on Women's History

Fort Worth, TX, June 7-9, 2012


Welcome to Fort Worth and TCU! We are delighted to host the triennial meeting of the Southern Association for Women Historians. We hope that you will enjoy our meeting where the South meets the Great Plains, and Michelangelo brushes up next to bull riding.


Registration (click to follow link)


Meeting Schedule (opens a pdf in a separate window. This program includes changes made through Friday, May 11; any changes or corrections after that date will be noted in an addendum to the printed program.)


Travel Information

By car
Fort Worth is 800 miles from Atlanta, a straight shot on Interstate 20. Campus parking will be free.
Click here for driving directions.


By air
The Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport is among the busiest airports in the world, with flights to and from more than 170 destinations daily. Direct flights are available from almost all major cities in the U.S.
Southwest Airlines serves the area from Dallas Love Field, thirty-eight miles from TCU. Rental car will be the most feasible ground transportation from Love Field.


Ground Transportation
The TCU campus is thirty miles, approximately forty-five minutes, from the DFW airport. The Super Shuttle will deliver attendees either to campus or their hotel, at an approximate cost of $40 round trip. Taxi fare between the airport and TCU is approximately $50 each way. The physical address of the dorm, Mary and Robert J. Wright Hall (which is not to be confused with the other two dorms with Wright as part of their names!), is 3104 South Main DRIVE, Fort Worth, Texas 76129. (The South part is important, and the dorm is accessed off Bellaire Drive. This is NOT the South Main STREET that goes through much of Fort Worth.) Click here for a campus map.

Public transportation is available from the airport by taking a shuttle bus to the Trinity Railway Express, riding the train to downtown Fort Worth, and taking a Fort Worth Metro bus from the station to TCU. Rental cars are available in abundance as well.

Weather and Clothing


            The average high temperature for early June is 91 degrees, although it may be warmer. Texans take air conditioning seriously, however, and the meeting rooms may be quite chilly. We therefore advise attendees to bring lightweight, casual clothing and a sweater for indoor activities. Wet weather is unlikely but of course possible.




            We urge SAWH attendees to consider staying in the dorms, which are quite nice and within steps of all SAWH activities. On-campus lodging will be in Mary and Robert J. Wright Hall, located on the main quadrangle only steps from the conference venues. Wright is a part of the campus commons completed in 2008, and it features apartment-style facilities. Each apartment has four single bedrooms, two bathrooms, and a common living area. The cost is $65 per night.

            The off-campus lodging is a mile from TCU but is not really walkable due to the configuration of University Drive. Attendees will be responsible for their own transportation to campus.

            Reserved off-campus lodging will be at the Courtyard by Marriott, 3150 Riverfront Drive, approximately one mile from campus. A block of rooms is available for $105 per night, for either a king or a room with two double beds, for the nights of June 7, June 8, and June 9. Reservations must be made directly with Marriott by calling 1-800-321-2211 on or before May 17, 2012, and referencing the "TCU History Group."

            A second block of rooms is at the Fairfield Inn, 1501 S. University Drive, several blocks north of the Courtyard. Each room has either a king or two double beds at the rate of $119.99 per night. Reservations must be made directly with the Fairfield Inn by calling 1-817-335-2000 on or before May 17, 2012, and referencing the Southern Association for Women Historians.

Other properties near the Courtyard and Fairfield Inn include:
Residence Inn
Springhill Suites



            The catered meals include dinner Thursday, dinner Saturday, and box lunches on Friday and Saturday. Breakfast is available at the Brown-Lupton University Union for $8, and there are at least four restaurants serving breakfast within half a mile of the campus. Click here for a list of nearby restaurants (opens a separate pdf). You may prepay your breakfast on the registration form if you wish.
            There is also a full-service Kroger grocery store at the corner of Berry Street and University Drive, on the south edge of the campus, and Kings Liquor on Berry between Lubbock and Waits Streets. Liquor is allowed in the dorms only for people over the age of twenty-one.


About TCU


            TCU is a private university with approximately 8,700 students. Founded in 1873, it offers 117 undergraduate degree programs and 56 graduate programs. Within the AddRan College of Liberal Arts, the Departments of History and English grant the Ph.D. degree.


About Fort Worth


            Fort Worth, a city of 750,000 people, forms the western component of the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex, an urban area of more than six million residents. Founded in 1849 by the United States Army as a barrier against the Native Americans, Fort Worth grew rapidly after the Civil War with the rise of the cattle industry and supplies for the Chisholm Trail. Its links to the ranching industry gave rise to the nickname “Cowtown.” The discovery of oil to the north and west in the early twentieth century further solidified its economic standing.

            Today Fort Worth plays on its western heritage but also strongly supports the arts. In a five-block area, a visitor can take in three world-class art museums, attend a rodeo, and bask in the serenity of the Botanical Gardens, created during the New Deal. Downtown Fort Worth, anchored by the Sundance Square entertainment and shopping district, is five miles from TCU and is one of the most vibrant downtowns in the U.S.