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giving the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation an opportunity to
What good the comment will do is problematical. Nevertheless, listing
in the National Register is a beginning toward historical preservation,
and the most perfunctory examination of this first Register reveals that
few states, Texas among them, have taken full advantage of the protec-
Texas is covered by three and one-half pages and twenty-two entries, and
no standard for choosing those entries is apparent. Entries range from
the obvious choice of the Alamo to the Walter C. Porter Farm which
is not listed in .the Handbook of Texas; and, while Mission San Josh is
included, San Antonio's other missions and La Bahia are not. Any
Texana buff can name a dozen additional properties that deserve consid-
eration and that are probably more deserving than some of those in-
cluded, and a check through the listings for other states will suggest
countless others. For example, Massachusetts, whose twelve pages of list-
ings make it the state with either (1) the most history, or (2) the pushiest
historians, includes the homes of its writers, among them, Emily Dickinson
and John. Greenleaf Whittier, which suggests that similar listings are
due O. Henry and J. Frank Dobie.
The glaring omissions of this book should prod Texans into action, so
that two years hence the National Register will give a more representative
showing of the places in the state worthy of preservation.
Houston Baptist College MARILYN MCADAMS SIBLEY
Conquistadors and Pueblos: The Story of the American Southwest, 154o-
1848. By Olga Hall-Quest. (New York: E. P. Dutton & Co., Inc., 1969.
Pp. 256. Illustrations, bibliography, map, index. $4.9go.)
This is the author's eighth volume dealing with famous persons, places,
and events in American history. A ninth work is entitled With Stanley
A native of Texas and teacher of English in New York for the past two
decades, Mrs. Hall-Quest attempts to portray in this work the colorful
and intriguing history of the Spanish Southwest. She necessarily con-
centrates her attention on New Mexico and its well-known capital, Santa
Fe. To accomplish this within the limits of 250 pages is quite a formidable
task-one which the author performs in a surprisingly interesting and
accurate manner. Since the book is directed primarily to young people
and possibly to mature persons who desire a rapid survey of what tran-
spired in this area from 1500 to 1848, such a brief treatment is under-
standable and the absence of footnote references is explainable. As would
be expected, the major emphasis is on exploration and conquest and,
therefore, on Spaniard and Indian. The bibliography offered the reader
is quite sketchy and uneven and does not include many recent works
that might have enhanced the quality of the volume.
College of Santa Fe
STEPHEN DONLON, F.S.C.
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