The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 60, July 1956 - April, 1957 Page: 307
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The problem of maintenance has become increasingly acute as
depreciation goes on and repairs and replacements are needed. Yet
the Legislature has appropriated only $219,610 for next year's main-
tenance of 44 state parks, many of them historic shrines.
These shrines are priceless state possession. They keep alive the
great Texas heritage. They stimulate patriotism. They promote wide-
spread interest and attract tourists. Properly maintained, they are
splendid advertisements of the state; neglected, they are the reverse.
It is up to Texans of today to preserve our historic shrines for
future generations of Texans. They can help do this by demanding ade-
quate state appropriations, and by supporting local movements in
behalf of historic places and structures.
Do we not appreciate the valor and sacrifice of those who won and
bequeathed to us this great, rich state, enough to preserve the shrines
to their glorious deeds?
The first seven presidents of the Association and the first editor
of the Quarterly are pictured in this Texas Collection, completing
the series on Association presidents begun in the July, 1955,
number of the Quarterly.
Oran Milo Roberts was an organizer and first president of the
Texas State Historical Association, serving from 1897 till his
death on May 19, 1898. Roberts was a distinguished statesman,
jurist, and historian, and his labors contributed in great measure
to the founding and successful inauguration of the work of the
Association. Upon his retirement as governor in 1883, Roberts
became professor of law at the University of Texas, where he was
popularly known as "the Old Alcalde." He wrote A Description of
Texas, Its Advantages and Resources (1881), The Elements of
Texas Pleading (1890o), and Our Federal Relations, from a South-
ern View of Them (1892). His "Legislative, Political, and Judi-
cial History of Texas" formed the first part of the second volume
of D. G. Wooten's Comprehensive History of Texas (1898), and
he contributed the chapters on Texas in C. A. Evans' Confederate
Military History, XI (1899). In the Quarterly Judge Roberts
contributed "Prehistoric Races in Texas," I, "The Establishment
of the University of Texas," I, and "The Capitals of Texas," II.
Dudley G. Wooten, second president of the Association from
1898 to 1899, delivered the first annual address on "The Life and
Services of O. M. Roberts," which was published in the second
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