The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 33, July 1929 - April, 1930 Page: 3
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The Beginnings of the State Historical Association
ments which the historical investigator today longs for have gone
into the fireplace in the homes of the pioneers and their immediate
descendants, because the destroyers did not know that what they
held to be worthless was in reality priceless! How much more,
happily collected and then unhappily stored in our earlier inflam-
mable public buildings, has gone up in the various fires which have
wiped out such buildings and their contents, we can only guess at
and grieve over.
Judge Fulmore was elected temporary chairman, and Dr. Gar-
rison, temporary secretary. During a preliminary wait which now
occurred, Governor Roberts was asked to speak to us, and he whiled
away the time very entertainingly by telling us anecdotes of
Thomas J. Rusk. How sorry I am that not one of us had the
thought to take down notes of what he said. None of it now
remains in my memory, and nothing makes me realize more keenly
what this Association has done for our history than the realization
of how eagerly we should now take in anything of this kind and
how carefully we should take notes of it for future use. It shows
how much we needed an association like this to make us historic-
minded in our approach to our past. That evening those precious
relations which were being offered us by one whose every word had
a value beyond description seemed to us merely passing entertain-
ment to "while away" the time.
The meeting was finally set going, and from that moment Dr.
Garrison became the central figure, for, as the original promoter
of the movement which had brought us together, he had the clearest
idea of what was to be done, how it was to be done, and what it
was going to achieve. He proposed, first, to read the draft of a
constitution which had been prepared for the occasion. And now
occurred an unexpected diversion which makes it necessary for me
to stop and point out that a very notable feature of the meeting
was the presence of us three women there. I say "notable" ad-
visedly, for it was by no means a thing to be expected that we
should be there. Public meetings in those days were thought of
as men's meetings. The only meetings where women properly
belonged, as a matter of course, were church meetings. Each one
of us had been invited to this meeting for particular reasons: Mrs.
Sinks because she was one of the most valued collectors and pro-
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