The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 1, July 1897 - April, 1898

Organization and Objects of tihe Association. 71

THE ORGANIZATION AND OBJECTS OF THE TEXAS
STATE HISTORICAL ASSOCIATION.
Organization. On the evening of Feb. 13, 1897, a number of
gentlemen interested in Texas history met in one of the rooms of
the University of Texas to discuss the organization of a State His-
torical Association. The result of the meeting will be seen in the
following circular letter, which was issued a few days later and
sent to some 250 persons in Texas:
You are cordially invited to be present and take part in a meeting to be
held in the rooms of the Commissioner of Insurance, Statistics and History,
at 8:30 p. m., March 2, 1897, for the purpose of organizing a State Histori-
cal Association. The general object of this Association will be the pro-
motion of historical studies; and its special object the discovery, collection,
preservation, and publication of the materials for the history of Texas.
The proposed annual fee for membership is two dollars.
We feel the duty of immediate action in order that the sources of Texas
history may be preserved, and we sincerely hope that you will be able to
lend your aid.
If you are unable to attend the meeting, but wish to become a member,
kindly signify the same on the attached blank, which you will please mail
in the enclosed envelope.
O. M. ROBERTS,
F. R. LUBBOCK,
JNO. H. REAGAN,
GEO. T. WINSTON,
DUDLEY G. WOOTEN,
A. J. ROSE,
GEORGE P. GARRISON.
The number of responses to this letter was indeed gratifying;
nearly one-half the persons invited either attended the meeting or
sent their names for membership.
The Association was organized on the evening of March 2, some
twenty or thirty persons present. Before proceeding to business,
ex-Governor 0. M. Roberts, in response to repeated calls, pleasant-
ly entertained those present with several anecdotes illustrative of
the character of General Thomas J. Rusk. The meeting was then
called to order by Professor George P. Garrison of the State Uni-

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