The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 63, July 1959 - April, 1960 Page: 189
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Preserving Old Homes in Texas
white photographs and colored slides of the houses are being
secured. About two hundred of the most important houses have
been selected for special study, and an extra effort is being made
to find out all possible information about these houses and their
early occupants. A map of the city has been decorated with col-
ored pins, a yellow one if there is one old house in the block, red
for two, blue for three or more, and a black pin for each house
that has been demolished since the project was started.
The purpose of this research has been, of course, to keep a
record of the early homes in Austin for the future use of archi-
tects, historians, and interested citizens. What was started as pres-
ervation, however, has turned into propaganda. Persons who had
seemed uninterested before have proffered information and do-
nated old pictures and memorabilia. Through slide programs on
the old homes, given at the request of numerous civic organiza-
tions and study clubs, hundreds of Austin citizens have been
made aware of the history of their town and of the important
part that these old homes have played. Audiences at these slide
programs have uniformly been interested and desirous of more
information. The most encouraging sign of all is that after each
slide showing there have been two or three persons who have
lingered to talk and ask questions. The light in their eyes and
the eager tone in their voices show that they are not just being
polite but truly are converts to the cause.
Indeed all the signs seem to point to the conclusion that interest
in the preservation of tangible evidences of Texas history is much
more widespread than might seem at first. Perhaps the state is just
beginning to emerge from that period of its existence that cor-
responds to adolescence in children, the period that is marked by
a determination to stand completely aloof from parental concern
or advice. As the youth reaches maturity, he begins to realize that
his family's experience, instead of being a hindrance, will be a
help to him in making the most of his own potentialities. Perhaps
here in Texas there will be a growing recognition of the fact that
the state needs to keep reminders of its past to help guide its
citizens in the future. If such a ferment is present in contempo-
rary Texas thought, the practical results will depend in large part
on the attitude of those who care deeply about the preservation
of the past in Texas.
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Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 63, July 1959 - April, 1960, periodical, 1960; Austin, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth101186/m1/251/: accessed August 19, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Texas State Historical Association.