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Southwestern Historical Quarterly
the natural history and physical features of the region. Mr.
Du Pont was immediately interested, and within a few days
his check in the amount of $5,000 was received. This money
was converted into a fund for the purposes outlined above,
and Dudley Dobie of San Marcos was selected to do the
initial piece of writing. Dobie has taken a year's leave of
absence from Southwest Texas State Teachers College and
has for several months now been engaged in the writing and
in making further trips and investigations of the Big Bend.
It is hoped that some time in the future the Association may
publish a book on the Big Bend made up largely of the pictures
taken by Mr. Du Pont. Such a book would immediately be a
striking and valuable contribution to the field of Texana.
Marcelle Lively Hamer, of the Texas Collection in the Uni-
versity library, has done a graphic summary of the Huntsville
Centennial of Statehood Celebration held on July 26.
HUNTSVILLE CENTENNIAL OF STATEHOOD CELEBRATION
The closing celebration of Texas Centennial of Statehood was held on
July 26 at Huntsville. Throughout the day-long celebration spectators
were reminded often of Andrew Jackson's saying, "The world will take
care of Sam Houston's fame." The day's events began at 10:00 A.M. with
(to quote the Huntsville Item) "the largest parade ever staged by the
citizens of Huntsville and Walker County." Included in the parade were
colorful pioneer sections composed of cowboys and covered wagons, rem-
iniscent of the days when early Anglo-American settlers faced west to
follow in Sam Houston's steps to Texas. United States Army equipment
and Red Cross Units were in the parade, and all service organizations
of Huntsville and Sam Houston State Teachers College were represented,
as well as religious organizations. Private business firms had decorated
floats to add color and interest to the scene.
Immediately following the parade a memorial service was held in the
Sam Houston Memorial Park at General Houston's last home. Descendants
of General Houston, with state and out-of-state dignitaries, were seated
on the gallery and were presented to the audience of several hundred
persons gathered in the yard in front of the house. Governor Coke Steven-
son made the principal address, in which he stressed the fact that through-
out history the leaders of men and nations have been sustained in times
of crisis by courage-the kind of courage Sam Houston had. Music for
the memorial service program was furnished by the Sam Houston State
Teachers College band, and the entire program was broadcast by radio
stations KTRH and KSAM. In addition station KPRC made recordings
of the entire day's celebration, given as a full broadcast on July 27.
During the afternoon Sam Houston State Teachers College faculty and
students were hosts at an open house on the campus. The college band
and a cappella choir presented a pleasant program of songs and music.
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Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 50, July 1946 - April, 1947, periodical, 1947; Austin, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth101117/m1/457/: accessed July 26, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Texas State Historical Association.