The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 43, July 1939 - April, 1940 Page: 106
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to render. I feel that this service is great. Throughout the year
I shall present the program to teachers, librarians, patriotic organi-
zations and citizens, a program that seeks only to preserve Texas
history, to record it and make it available through publication, and
to stimulate the interest of Texas people in their own past.
One person, however zealous, can not do the whole job. I shall
have to have help and I am now issuing a call for the active
support of each member of the Association. In a matter of this
sort a little help is a big help. Members can help the program
in the following ways:
1. By sending a post card or letter with the names of pros-
2. By calling attention of Texas librarians to the value of a
complete file of the Quarterly.
3. By calling to the attention of study clubs and patriotic
organizations the vast amount of information the mem-
bers may find in the files of the Quarterly.
4. By arranging for me to meet groups of citizens to whom I
may explain this program. In no case will high-pressure
methods be used. I personally do not want any new member
who does not consider it something of a privilege to be a
In conclusion, I wish to say that I am not dependent on this
work for a living, and not one penny of the money paid in to the
Association for membership or as a gift will come to me. Every
dollar will go directly to the promotion of Texas history. For me
it would be far more comfortable and convenient, and certainly
more profitable, to sit in a well-equipped office at the University,
teach a few classes and devote my spare time to writing books
than it will be to travel over the state and endure all the incon-
veniences of an irregular life for the purpose of telling Texans
that Texas history is worthy of their attention.
What I really want to find out is whether Texans are worthy
of Texas, of being a part of the state of which they boast. If they
are, then at least one person out of each two thousand should
become a member of the Texas State Historical Association, and
by this act lend support to the preservation of Texas history.
Three thousand new members would put the Association on a
firm basis; enable us to enlarge the Quarterly; permit us to under-
take a publication program in which good books on Texas would
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