Chronicles of Oklahoma, Volume 87, Number 2, Summer 2009 Page: 244
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Oklahoma Historians Hall of Fame
Michael Wallis and Quintus and Mary Herron
By Linda D. Wilson
Since 1993 the Oklahoma Historical Society has annually honored
up to four individuals, both professional and amateur, in its
Oklahoma Historians Hall of Fame. Recipients are selected on the
basis of their contributions to the preservation, collection, interpre-
tation, and dissemination of Oklahoma history. This criteria was
first published in The Chronicles of Oklahoma, 72 (Summer 1994).
Early honorees included Grant Foreman, Joseph B. Thoburn,
Muriel H. Wright, Edward Everett Dale, and Angie Debo. In addi-
tion to historians, the award has been bestowed on artist Charles
Banks Wilson, Cherokee genealogist Emmet Starr, author John Jo-
seph Mathews, and Apache and educator Mildred Imach Cleghorn.
The inductees are honored at the Awards Banquet held during the
Oklahoma Historical Society's Annual Meeting in April each year.
In April 2009 Donald Green, Marvin Kroeker, Michael Wallis, and
Mary Jane and Quintus Herron were inducted into the Oklahoma
Historians Hall of Fame. Green and Kroeker were featured in the
spring issue of The Chronicles, and Wallis and the Herrons appear
in this issue.
Born in 1945 in St. Louis, Missouri, journalist and popular histo-
rian Michael Wallis has honed his writing skills since he won an es-
say contest as a youngster. His prize included two tickets to attend
a St. Louis Cardinal baseball game. He and his father garnered a
limousine ride to the game, and Wallis sat in the dugout with "Stan
the Man" Musial. On that memorable day he received two auto-
graphed baseballs, one from Musial and the other from Ken Boyer.
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