VoL. XXXIII JULY, 1929 No. 1
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THE BEGINNINGS OF THE STATE HISTORICAL
MRs. BRIDE NEILL TAYLOR
The Texas State Historical Association was organized March 2,
1897, in a room on the north side of the Capitol, first floor, then
used by the Department of Insurance, Statistics and History.
A circular had been sent out to two hundred and fifty persons
supposed to be especially interested in Texas history, inviting them
to attend. Between twenty and thirty of these were present, and
it was announced that a very encouraging number of the absentees
had responded, giving hearty approval to the movement and prom-
Among those present, I recall most vividly ex-Governors Roberts
and Lubbock and Colonel John S. Ford, all three full of years and
the dignity of service rendered; Judge Z. T. Fulmore, in his prime
and doing much good historical investigating as a "side line";
Judge R. L. Batts, then Professor Batts of the School of Law in
the University and, though young, already attracting notice in his
special field; and Dr. George P. Garrison, head of the department
of history in the University, and the person most vital to the future
of what the meeting was to accomplish, for he it was who had been
the inspiring force which had brought us together. Also there were
three women present--Mrs. Julia Lee Sinks, Mrs. Dora Fowler
Arthur, and Mrs. Bride Neill Taylor-and of these more hereafter.
1An address delivered before the thirty-first .annual meeting at a dinner
given at the Stephen F. Austin Hotel, April 11, 1928, 8 p. m.
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