NEWS AROUND THE
Texas Folklife Resources in Austin,
a statewide organization dedicated
to the preservation and presentation
of the state's folklife and folk art,
will undertake a year-long survey to
identify and document living folk artists
who work primarily in visualmaterial
media. Interested cultural
organizations should write Texas
Folklife Resources, P.O. Box 49824,
Austin, Texas 78765 or call (512)
As a result of the Conference Committee
on Appropriations, the budget
for the Texas Historical Commission
has been slashed approximately 10%.
The Museum Grants Program of
$24,500 for the biennium emerged
unscathed. The reduction is expected
to affect virtually all departments of
the THC with the Preservation
Grants Program and the Antiquities
Committee being hit the hardest. In
mid-May, the Conference Committee
cut the budget of the Antiquities
Committee by 66%, virtually eliminating
the Committee. An extensive
lobbying effort reversed that decision.
The final cut for the Antiquities
Committee reduced the budget 17%.
The appropriation for the 1986-87
biennium is $4.9 million.
Texas Folklife Festival
Creates Travel Buff's
SAN ANTONIO -Texans may
often brag of the "biggest" this and
the "best" that, but it's no exaggeration
when they declare Texas a travel
buff's paradise, especially if their
destination is the Texas Folklife
Make your reservations now to attend
the Festival, sponsored by The University
of Texas Institute of Texan
Cultures August 1 through 4 in San
Antonio, and live out your globetrotting
fantasies as you experience the
culture of a multitude of countries.
Nearly 6,000 participants become
your international tour guides as they
share the ethnic, cultural and folk
history of their forebears with more
than 100,000 visitors.
Mark your calendar now to attend the
Festival held on the Institute's 15-acre
grounds on HemisFair Plaza in downtown
San Antonio. Festival hours are
5 to 11 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 1; noon
to 11 p.m. Friday, Aug. 2, and Saturday,
Aug. 3; and noon to 10 p.m.
Sunday, Aug. 4.
Tickets for the 14th Annual Texas
Folklife Festival are $5 for adults and
$1 for children ages 6 through 12.
Children under 6 are admitted free.
For more information, or to order
tickets, write the Texas Folklife Festival,
Institute of Texan Cultures,
P.O. Box 1226, San Antonio, Texas
78294, or call (512) 226-7651.
Annual Meeting Is a
The Texas Historical Foundation held
its Annual Meeting on June 14, 1985
at the Driskill Hotel, Austin, Texas.
Several board members were elected
into office for 1985-1986. They included:
Mr. John Middleton, Chairman
of the Board, Liberty; Mr. J.P.
Bryan Jr., President, Houston;
Mr. William P. Wright, Jr., Vice President,
Abilene; Dr. D. J. Sibley, Vice
President, Austin; Mrs. Catherine
Knowles, Secretary, Houston; and
Mr. Brux Austin, Treasurer, Dallas.
Mr. Leon Lurie, Executive Director,
announced the departure of Mrs.
Joane Deaver, Administrative Assistant,
Ms. Patricia Olvera was introduced
as new Executive Aide for
the Foundation. A keynote address
followed luncheon entitled "The
West of the Imagination" by Dr.
Later, three discussions rounded off a
full day. Topics and speakers included:
"State Legislation and Historic
Preservation," Mr. Curtis Tunnell,
Texas Historical Commission;
"Federal Legislation and Historic
Preservation," Ms. Libby Barker,
National Trust for Historic Preservation,
Ft. Worth; "Historic Preservation
and Urban Infill," Mr. Alan Mason,
Planning Consultant, and "Texas
Courthouses, Hard Times and Soft
Money," Mr. Gene Brooks, School of
Architecture and Environmental Design,
U.T. at Arlington.
Several awards were presented for
outstanding achievement in preservation
and restoration. These special
awards were presented to the following
individuals and organizations:
Mr. Sid Bass - JOSIAH WHEAT
AWARD OF MERIT for outstanding
achievement in the preservation
and restoration of historically significant
buildings in downtown Fort
Save the Temple Committee, Corsicana,
Texas - MARY MOODY
NORTHEN AWARD OF MERIT
for outstanding achievement in the
preservation and restoration of
Temple Beth-El in Corsicana, Texas.
Texas Nature Conservancy. San Antonio,
Texas - AWARD OF
MERIT for outstanding achievements
in the preservation of environmentally
Mrs. Jeanne Blocker, New Ulm,
Texas AWARD OF MERIT for
outstanding achievements in the preservation
and restoration of early
Texas pioneer buildings in New Ulm,
Mr. John G. Middleton - AWARD
OF MERIT for outstanding achievements
in the preservation and restoration
of historic buildings in Wallisville,
Mr. John Ben Shepperd - AWARD
OF MERIT for years of personal
dedication and outstanding achievements
in promoting the many programs
comprising the Texas Heritage
Texas Historical Foundation. Heritage, Volume 2, Number 3, Summer 1985. Austin, Texas. The Portal to Texas History. http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth45444/. Accessed November 24, 2015.