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James F. Hoy

James F. HoyKansas Historical Foundation
Board of Directors
Elected to board: 1992
Elected to executive committee: 1998
President: 1999-2000

James F. Hoy lives in Emporia. He was born in the Flint Hills area and grew up on a stock ranch near Cassoday. He earned a bachelor’s degree at Kansas State University in 1961; a master’s degree from Emporia State University in 1965; and a doctoral degree from the University of Missouri-Columbia in 1970. Hoy taught in the El Dorado schools and in Idaho before joining Emporia State’s English department, where he served as chair for 10 years. In 1990, he resumed teaching full-time as an English professor at Emporia State. Hoy was president of the Kansas Historical Society in 1999, and continues to serve as a member of the Kansas Historical Foundation Board of Directors.

Hoy’s research includes medieval English literature, Western American literature, Australian Outback folklore, and Great Plains folklore, with emphasis on the folklife of ranching. He has published several articles and books, including the weekly newspaper column Plains Folk and the book Flint Hills Cowboys: Tales of the Tallgrass Prairie. Hoy and Dena Kleinsorge organized a cowboy poetry gathering in Strong City in 1989.

Hoy was first elected to the Kansas Historical Foundation Board of Directors in 1992. He was elected to the executive committee in 1998 and served as president in 1999.