JOE B. FRANTZ
As we attempt to expand the scope and coverage of the South-
western Historical Quarterly our thoughts turn naturally to the
prospect of increasing our membership. We now have approx-
imately 2,500 members, all dedicated to the preservation of our
Southwestern heritage. In the vast expanse that stretches from
the Mississippi River to the Pacific Ocean, it appears that this
obligation is being borne by far too few.
Let me suggest a solution. Its success depends on the coopera-
tive effort of the entire membership. This is a two-pronged
offensive, calculated not only to enlarge our membership, but
also to stimulate interest and participation in the work of the
Association. To implement the first phase, the executive commit-
tee of the Association recently approved a special $4.00 student
membership for college and university students at both the
undergraduate and graduate level. The office staff is now plan-
ning an organized canvass to solicit the immediate support of
this group that one day will assume the leadership of the Asso-
The second phase belongs to you. Your present membership is
indicative of your interest in preserving our region's past. If
each of you will ask someone to join with you in the work of the
Association, we can conceivably double our membership within
the coming year. Please share with us any thoughts or sugges-
tion you may have on this idea.
The growing public concern for the preservation of historic
sites and areas of natural beauty was manifest in two major
programs of Federal legislation enacted by the 89th Congress.
These comprehensive programs are embodied in Public Law
89-665 and in Public Law 89-754. The provisions of these
measures grew from the President's 1965 message on The Natural
Beauty of Our Country and his 1966 message on Preserving Our
Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 70, July 1966 - April, 1967. Austin, Texas. The Portal to Texas History. http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth101199/. Accessed April 1, 2015.