“I can trace certain activities back to these people, whether it’s research methods or writing methods. I owe a great deal to them,” Wright said.
As a 2003 graduate of WHS, Wright finds himself one of the younger historians, and said his youthfulness is something that can be misunderstood.
“So much of what I do, it’s a specialist field,” he said. “I get a lot of help from other people, but I get some snubs, too, because they think since I’m young that I don’t know what I’m doing.
“The fact that I can publish work on the subject on a regular basis speaks for itself.”
With a healthy résumé of published works, Wright is also a member of several historical organizations, including the Royal Australian Historical Society and the Pitcairn and Norfolk Islands Society. He is a past member of the Arizona Archaeological Council and the English Westerners’ Society.
In acknowledging the influence of Weatherford and Parker County, Wright is now looking to give back in the form of getting copies of his publications donated to the Doss Heritage and Culture Center.
“Unfortunately, I don’t think I recognized the importance and regional history that Parker County has while I was living there. It was only after that I started really getting in western history and started seeing the connections,” he said. “I’ve been working with the Doss Center as well as the Weatherford Public Library on getting some of these papers filed away. I know they don’t have a direct bearing on Weatherford history, but I recognize Weatherford as my hometown, and if it wasn’t for them, I might not be where I am today.”
As Wright moves forward with his work, he continues his goal of trying to emphasize the importance of history to current generations.