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"missionary" approach was built into the
Winedale philosophy at an early date to
ensure that a wide audience be served
through the program. Graduates are encouraged
to become involved in professional
organizations; they serve on state,
regional, and national councils, produce
workshops, and act as speakers at conferences
and seminars.
Throughout the seminar, interpretation
is stressed, beginning with a session
on defining interpretation and continuing
through research, material culture, object
study, audience development, evaluation,
exhibit design, conservation, educational
programming, the future of education in
museums, audiovisual programs, funding,
security, trustee relations, volunteer programs,
technology, and community involvement.
The seminar has constantly
been evaluated-changes in format,
scheduling, topics and faculty members
have improved the quality of the program.
Participants receive large amounts of
resource materials, spend hours in lectures
and discussion sessions, and actively
participate in hands-on activities and
group problem-solving projects. One of
the major advantages of the program is
the accessibility of recognized authorities
in the museum field. Faculty and staff are
available for individual discussion. Participants
have the opportunity to become
acquainted, on a first-name basis, with
better-known, more experienced members
of their chosen profession.
The pace is intense and tiring, but
total immersion in the immediate situation
contributes to the quality of the
learning experience. However, it is not
all work and no play. Recreation is at
times very creative; there have been
championship volleyball games, croquet
tournaments, horseshoe pitches, frisbee
throws, pool games at the local general
store along with dancing the cotton-eyed
joe and other Texas favorites, hikes
around the lake, and the ever-popular
pursuit of the elusive armadillo for a close
look. There are Texas style barbecues, occasional
domino games, Trivial Pursuit
sessions and late-night debates. The most
infamous source of entertainment is the
traditional T-shirt contest. Before the

seminar, participants are notified to bring
T-shirts of their own creation or with museum
slogans, logos, graphics, or sayings-the
more outrageous the better!
Prizes are awarded in numerous categories

and general frivolity ensues. Birthdays
and holidays such as St. Patrick's Day are
reasons for celebration on a grand scale,
and frequently participants and faculty
have terrific jam sessions with guitars,
harmonicas, banjos, tambourines, and
Midway through the seminar is a field
trip to San Antonio. Visits to several museums
provide opportunities to compare,
gather ideas, meet local staff members,
and apply previously presented theory
from seminar topics. A visit to the Alamo
and the beautiful San Antonio Riverwalk
area are highlights of the trip-and to
complete the evening, there are genuine
Tex-Mex dinners in the old market area
of San Antonio.
During a special candlelight banquet at
the end of an inspiring twelve days, participants
receive certificates making them
official Winedale graduates. One of the

The Texas/New Mexico Field Office of
the National Trust has been involved in
many preservation projects. The variety
of these projects is reflected in the results
of both the June 1986 Preservation Services
Fund grant program and a special
round of National Preservation Loan
Funding for Main Street Cities. Three organizations
in Texas, the Historic Preservation
League of Dallas, the Galveston
Historical Foundation, and the Menard
Historical Society, received Preservation
Services Fund grants totaling $6,800.
The city of Paris, Texas, and the Gallup
Downtown Development Group in Gallup,
New Mexico, each received $50,000
low-interest loans as part of the Financing
Main Street joint effort of the Trust's
Office of Financial Services and National
Main Street Center.
The Historic Preservation League
(HPL) of Dallas received a $1,500 Preservation
Services Fund grant for the design
and development of an elementary curriculum
to introduce the fundamental necessity
of historic preservation activity to
third-grade students in the Dallas Independent
School District. The curriculum
includes a survey of local historic landmarks.
The HPL's project will have a
major impact on third-grade preservation
education in Dallas and potentially
throughout the state as teachers become

many benefits derived from the seminar is
the establishment of a new network of resources.
As one graduate put it, "I may
not know all the answers, but I have a
pretty good idea where to look and who
to call to find out!"
Winedale is about people. People getting
to know each other, sharing information,
ideas, and experiences, people discovering
similar problems and successes,
becoming more professional and confident,
and most of all, realizing a common
passion-a love for objects, the heritage
they represent, and the importance
of preserving that heritage. The Winedale
seminar provides the resources, in
terms of people and information, to meet
challenges, face difficulties, and succeed.
Kit Neumann is administrative assistant and field
consultant for the Field and Museum Services
Department of the Texas Historical Commission,
P.O. Box 12276, Austin, Texas 78711, (512)

aware of the curriculum and teaching
tools Dallas has developed-tools they
might adapt to their own classrooms.
The Trust also awarded $1,500 to the
Galveston Historical Foundation to hire
an architectural/engineering consultant
to prepare plans for the stabilization and
restoration of the City National Bank
Building in Galveston. Built in 1919, the
building is listed on the National Register
of Historic Places. The structure houses
the Galveston County Historical Museum,
which is a joint project of the Galveston
Historical Foundation and the
Galveston County Commissioners Court.
The Menard Historical Society in
Menard, Texas, received $3,800 from the
Trust in the form of a Meadows Preservation
Planning nonmatching grant. The
grant will be used to hire architectural
and engineering consultants to prepare a
stabilization plan for the Presidio de San
Saba, a 1936 National Register structure.
The presidio was constructed on the site
of the original presidio built in 1758 by
the Spanish as a fort. The site is a major
tourist attraction in rural Menard county,
which has a population of 2,390.
Recipients of funds from the Trust's National
Preservation Loan Fund were encouraged
to create projects which would
complement their downtown Main Street
Projects. The city of Paris received a

By Libby Barker Willis

Texas Historical Foundation. Heritage, Volume 4, Number 3, Winter 1986. Austin, Texas. The Portal to Texas History. http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth45440/. Accessed November 30, 2015.