Heritage, Volume 2, Number 4, Fall 1985

Preservation News

Tennessee and Texas Renew
Old Bonds
Texans of Tennessee ancestry are
being invited to form a Tennessee Society
here in Texas to focus on the bistate
celebrations of the Texas Sesquicentennial
and the Tennessee
Homecoming '86.
"It is important that we recognize the
dual heritage of many great Texas
patriots," Rogers said, pointing out
that heroes like Sam Houston and
Davy Crockett both came from Tennessee.
Rogers added that Tennessee
would like to see these links between
the two states tightened through the
formation of an organization of former
Tennesseans in Texas and of Texans
with Tennessee ancestry.
Tennessee Homecoming '86 will be
similar to the Sesquicentennial but
will be only the beginning of a tenyear
program culminating in the 1996
celebration of the bicentennial of
Tennessee statehood. Interested persons
can write Texas/Tennessee, P.O.
Box 1986, Austin, TX 78767; or David
Rogers, Tennessee Homecoming,
18th Floor, James K. Polk Building,
Nashville, TN 37219.
Conservation Groups Unite for
Texas Nature Celebration
Surely one of the things Texans are
most proud of is the beauty and diversity
of our natural resources. For
the Sesquicentennial, conservation
groups throughout the state have
gathered together to celebrate those

The Texas Nature Celebration grew
out of the Texas Environmental
Coalition and is comprised of many
organizations working on many
projects-all related to the glorification
and conservation of Texas' natural
Among the projects planned for 1986
are museum exhibits, nature trails,
educational brochures, planting programs,
riverwalks, and special commemorative
nature days. A series of
outings called "The Great Texas
Crossing" are being organized and
will include hiking, canoeing, and bicycling
trips into the state's most
beautiful and remote areas.
For more information, contact
Madge Gatlin, 312 Canyon Ridge
Drive, Richardson, TX 75080, (214)
Group to Study Black History
Texas' ethnic heritage is as varied
and colorful as the land itself, and
many ethnic groups are expected to
play a leading role in the Sesquicentennial.
And now, an organization
representing Black Texans is officially
"signed up."
The Texas Association for the Study
of Afro-American Life and History
has several goals for the Sesquicentennial,
each designed to foster public
awareness of the role of Black history
and heritage in the development
of Texas. The organization has been

officially sanctioned as a Texas Independence
Association by the Sesquicentennial
The Association will accomplish this
objective through a number of educational
events and programs to encourage
excellence in scholarship and research
on Black history and heritage.
An oral history project in cooperation
with the Austin History Center
and the Carver Museum of Austin, a
Handbook of Texas conference on
Black Texans with the Texas State
Historical Association (which is revising
the Handbook for the Sesquicentennial),
a file of volunteer speakers
on Black history and heritage for
schools, churches, and other groups,
and the development of local Black
history units for the curriculums of
public schools and universities are
among the highlights of the Associations'
Sesquicentennial plans.
"Our main objective is to raise the
consciousness level of persons of all
races, Blacks included, regarding
the contributions of Blacks to Texas
and Texans," said Melvin Wade,
Chairman of the Association's Sesquicentennial
subcommittee. He
added that the group welcomes any
persons wishing to become involved,
especially those with backgrounds in
architecture, banking and business,
or Black history.
For more information about the
Association and its Sesquicentennial
program, contact Melvin Wade,
7305-A Grand Canyon Drive, Austin,
TX 78752.

Guy and Vashti Skiles of Langtry,
who have protected important archeological
sites on their Southwest
Texas ranch for many years, were recently
presented a Texas Award for
Historic Preservation by the Texas
Historical Commission. The Skileses
were honored for permitting scientific
exploration of Eagle Cave and
Bonfire Shelter, two significant sites
on their property. Because of their
cooperation, scientists have been
able to uncover details of some
10,000 years of occupation by
American Indians. The caves, listed
on the National Register of Historic
Places, have been consistently protected
from vandalism and destruction
by the Skileses, who wish to preserve
them for future generations.
David Bonderman of Fort Worth is
one of 18 recipients to receive the
1985 Preservation Honor Award from
the National Trust for Historic Preservation.
Bonderman was recognized
for his career as a premier legal
advocate and for his achievements as
author of a model preservation
Mr. and Mrs. Clifton Caldwell of
Richardson were honored by the Historic
Preservation League, Dallas,
recently by receiving the League's
premier Griffon Award. Mr. and Mrs.
Caldwell were so honored for their
untiring efforts to further historic
preservation. Mrs. Caldwell currently
serves as Vice President for the
Texas Historical Foundation.
The Sesquicentennial Commission is
pleased to introduce its new executive
director, Mr. Lynn Nabers. Mr
Nabers, an Austin attorney, was
named by the Sesquicentennial Commission
to fill the executive director
vacancy left by Randy M. Lee, who
resigned in July.

HERITAGE * Fall 1985


Texas Historical Foundation. Heritage, Volume 2, Number 4, Fall 1985. Austin, Texas. The Portal to Texas History. http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth45445/. Accessed November 27, 2015.