Reprinted from the Abilene Reporter-News
Sept. 25, 2002
By Reporter-News staff
Vernon Williams, history professor at Abilene Christian University and founder of the 12th Armored Division museum in downtown Abilene, received an award Tuesday from the Texas Oral History Association.
Williams was presented the Mary Faye Barnes Award, one of three statewide awards given each year by the oral-history association.
The award is named for a former two-term president of the association, which is based in Waco.
Stewart Caffey, vice president of the Taylor County Historical Commission, presented the award during a reception at the 12th Armored Division museum, 1289 N. 2nd St.
Caffey said Williams has tape-recorded about 300 oral histories and supervised his students in others. Many of the histories are related to the 12th Armored Division and are available to listen to at the museum.
Williams also specialized in preserving the history of Camp Barkeley, which was located outside Abilene during World War II.