Texas Heritage, Fall 1983

On the Cover
A handpainted Star of Texas with floral wreath by
Matthias Melchior, circa 1870. This historic decoration
graces the bedroom ceiling of the Neese
house in Warrenton, the Preservation feature
story. Photos by Kirk Tuck.
Star of Texas
Antique Show
A look at country antiques and Texas Historical
Foundations's Preview Benefit Party.
Preservation
Built as a new home for a new bride, the Wilhelm
hundred and seventeen years after its construction,
served its beauty.
The Lone Star of
T exas In search for the origin of the st:

Q: Where might I find information on historic
hotels in Texas:
A: * The newly formed Historic Hotel Association
will soon publish a pocket
guide, Historic Hotels and Country
Inns. Cover price: $2.00. Contact
Trudy O'Reilly, 7515 Greenville Avenue,
Suite 100, Dallas, Texas, 75231;
(214) 824-3032.
* A Guide to Historic Texas Inns and Hotels
by Ann Ruff, Lone Star Books,
P.O. Box 2608, Houston, Texas 77001,
(800) 392-4390
* The Texas Heritage Project of the Texas
Historical Foundation will soon publish

Neese house was the glory of Fayette County. One
discover this stone mansion and those who have pre

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Touring Texas History, a guide to hotels
and eateries in historical structures.
For more information contact the THF,
P.O. Box 12243, Austin, TX 787112243
(512) 472-6784
Do you have any suggestions to the following:
* Where to find information on cleaning,
storing and restoring of textiles? What tests
are available to determine fiber content?
* Information on pioneer and Victorian Era
Thanksgiving celebrations in Texas?
* Who appraises historical structures and
what qualifications do I look for in an
appraiser?

TEXAS HERITAGE
is a bi-monthly publication for the membership of the Texas Historical
Foundation. The Foundation encourages reproduction of the noncopyrighted
contents. Credit should be given to the Texas Historical
Foundation: Texas Heritage. Designed and published by LewisMcElgunn
Marketing & Communications. Member of IABC.
Officers of the Foundation
Mr. John P. Middleton
Chairman of the Board, Liberty
Mr. J.P. Bryan, Jr.
President, Houston
Mr. William P. Wright, Jr.
Vice President, Abilene
Mrs. Janey B. Vaughan
Secretary, Uvalde
Dr. D.J. Sibley, Jr.
Treasurer, Austin
Board of Directors

Mr. Brux Austin, Dallas
Mr. J. J. Ballard, Jr., Fort Worth
Mrs. Jane Barnhill, Brenham
Mr. Percival T. Beacroft, Jr.,
Woodville, Miss
Mrs. Amelia Belding, Longview
Mrs. Clare Benckenstein,
Beaumont
Mr, Thomas E. Bentley,
Richardson
Mr. Sam T. Bracken, Tyler
Mr. Cecil E. Burney,
Corpus Christi
Mrs. Charles L. Bybee, Houston
Mrs. Shirley Caldwell, Richardson
Mr. Bill Bob Crim, Kilgore
Mr. Everett Fulgham, Marble Falls
Mrs. Michelle Gunn, Marble Falls
Mr. Richard Hart, El Paso
Mrs. Joan Hataway, Beaumont

Life Members
Mr. Thomas E. Bentley, Dallas
Ms. Eliza H. Bishop, Houston
Dr. Edgar H. Boelsche, Runnels
Honorable Dolph Briscoe, Uvalde
Mrs. Mary Jon Bryan, Harris
Mr. & Mrs. Bill Caudle, Hidalgo
Mr. & Mrs. Earle M. Craig, Jr.,
Midland
Mr. Harry Edwards, Travis
Mr. & Mrs. W.B. Farrow, Dallas
George & Mary J. Hamman
Foundation, Harris
Ms. Jane W. Fountain, Travis
Mr. G.E. Fourtico, Liberty
Mr. Jake L. Hammon, Dallas
Mr. & Mrs. Don & Sybil
Harrington, Potter
Dallas Clearing House Association,
Dallas
Mrs. Catherine Knowles, Harris
Mrs. B. Koontz, Marion
Mrs. Wesley W. Kyle, Jr.,
Jefferson
Republic National Life Insurance,
Dallas

Staff

Mrs. Diana Hobby, Houston
Mrs. Bebe Inkley, San Antonio
Mrs. Judith K. Kerr, Amarillo
Mrs. Catherine Knowles, Houston
Mrs. Doris Luton, Granbury
Mr. Alan Minter, Austin
Mrs. Mary Moody Northen,
Galveston
Mr. Edward L. Protz, Galveston
Margaret Ramage, Corpus Christi
Mr. Hollis Rankin, McAllen
Mr. Pierre M. Schlumberger,
Houston
Mr. John Ben Shepperd, Odessa
Mrs. Dakota Sterling, Houston
Dr. Idris Traylor, Jr., Lubbock
Mr. Frank E. Tritico, Houston
Mr. Peter Wells, Beaumont
Mr. George Christian
Ex-Officio Member, Austin

Mrs. Argyle A. McAllen, Hidalgo
Mr. & Mrs. James H. McPhail,
Harris
Mr. David Mayes Middleton II,
Chambers
Mr. John G. Middleton, Chambers
Mrs. Susan E. Middleton,
Chambers
Mr. W.R. Morian, Harris
Mr. Lowell A. Murphy, Dallas
Mrs. Nancy Negley, Bexar
Mrs. Peter O'Donnell, Jr., Dallas
Mr. & Mrs. O. Scott Petty, Bexar
Mr. Lester W. Prokop, Harris
Mrs. Summerfield G. Roberts,
Dallas
Dr. D.J. Sibley, Travis
Ms. Kathryn B. Simonds, Dallas
The Long Trusts, Gregg
Mr. & Mrs. A.D. Weatherly,
Potter-Randall
Mrs. Will E. Wilson, Jefferson

Morrison Parrott, Executive Director
Tanya Fain, Assistant Director for Programs
Mark Trowbridge, Assistant Director for Membership
& Finance
Joanne Deaver, Administrative Assistant

P.O. Box 12243
Austin, Texas 78711-2243
(512) 472-6784

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LETTERS AND LINES from our members
We receive many letters requesting information on various aspects of Texas heritage and culture.
By way of this new column we would like to share these questions and ask for your answers. Your
questions and answers can be sent to Letters and Lines, P.O. Box 12243 Austin, TX 78711-2243

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Texas Historical Foundation. Texas Heritage, Fall 1983. The Portal to Texas History. http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth45449/. Accessed August 2, 2014.