The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 63, July 1959 - April, 1960

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T HE TIME has surely come when the people of Texas should
take more care in preserving the evidences of their own
history. Every day old landmarks are destroyed; every day
valuable papers which record the deeds and manner of living of
early Texans are swept into the rubbish pile and burned; and
every day the newspapers record the passing of pioneer Texans in
whose memory alone was recorded certain valuable information
of the days of our fathers and grandfathers. So much is already
irretrievably lost that we should bestir ourselves to collect and
preserve as much as possible of what is left before it is too late.
In conformity with this obligation, we wish to outline the
advantages of county organizations formed for the preservation
of all historical facts and data relating to the county. The relics,
curios, Indian, ethnological, and geological specimens, can form
the nucleus for a future local museum; and the historical data
can be formulated into interesting and valuable monographs,
which will be of value not only to the local investigator and
future writer of county histories, but to the student and worker
in larger fields of endeavor, as a state history is necessarily made
up of the history of smaller units.
An important function of such an organization is to work up
papers to be read at the regular gatherings of the society. If, at
each meeting, several well-prepared papers are presented, each
county organization can publish annually a pamphlet containing
the most valuable contributions of the year and thus permanently
preserve data which will be of inestimable value to the future
historian of the county. It goes without saying that the local
newspapers in each community will be glad to publish any
material of value read before the county historical society.
There is a movement on foot all over Texas for the establish-
ment of museums, and this museum work can be carried forward
by the county historical society.

Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 63, July 1959 - April, 1960. Austin, Texas. The Portal to Texas History. Accessed July 26, 2014.