History professor speaks at TSHACWaxahachie, Texas — April 8, 2014 — Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU) history professor Dr. Gary McElhany spoke at the Texas State Historical Association (TSHA) annual conference on March 6-8 in San Antonio, Texas.

Dr. McElhany presented "Rented Halls, Camp Meetings, and Canvas Cathedrals: The Assemblies of God in Texas, 1907-1920," on March 8 with fellow professor Dr. Blaine C. Hamilton of Texas Christian University.

"Our intention was to discuss the earliest stages of the development of the Pentecostal movement in Texas," McElhany said. Since the Houston revival is viewed as the most significant beginning of Texas Pentecostalism, Dr. Hamilton began the session with his presentation 'Reviving the City of Houston: The Origins of Pentecostalism in Texas."' Dr. McElhany followed up with his own presentation, focusing on the after effects of the groundbreaking Houston revival in the primary cities of Dallas, Fort Worth, and San Antonio.

"Dr. Hamilton and I felt that Texas Pentecostalism has received limited coverage at these conventions," Dr. McElhany said. "The histories of Baptist, Catholic, and other Christian denominations in Texas are covered at nearly every TSHA annual conference. We wanted to provide information on the Texas Pentecostal movement and its influence."

Dr. McElhany mentioned that numerous Baptist preachers were involved in the Texas Pentecostal Movement—one of the lesser-known facts that he addressed in his presentation. "Many of these preachers received the baptism of the Spirit and in turn became Pentecostal preachers,"

Organized in Austin on March 2, 1897, the Texas State Historical Association is the oldest learned society in the state. Its mission is to “foster the appreciation, understanding, and teaching of the rich and unique history of Texas and, by example and through programs and activities, encourage and promote research, preservation, and publication of historical material affecting the state of Texas.” The association’s publications include the Southwestern Historical Quarterly, more than 150 scholarly books, the Texas Almanac, and the well-known Handbook of Texas Online. The online Handbook, the nation’s preeminent state history encyclopedia, attracts 400,000 visitors per month from more than 200 countries and territories around the world. Through its varied education programs, the Association directly serves more than 50,000 elementary through college-aged students each year, while indirectly reaching an additional 86,000 through its teacher training opportunities.

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Southwestern Assemblies of God University is a private, Christian university located 30 minutes south of the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex in Waxahachie, Texas. The university was established in 1927, and now offers more than 70 associate, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees on campus or online. More information is available at www.sagu.edu or by calling 1-888-YES-SAGU.

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