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More than sixty sponsors and student members of the Association's
Walter Prescott Webb Society journeyed to the San Antonio area on Oc-
tober 30 and 31 for the Eleventh Annual Student-Sponsor Conference.
On Friday afternoon the conferees gathered at the Institute of Texan
Cultures for a chance to meet one another and to discuss chapter activi-
ties. A tour of the Institute, a "living museum" dedicated to the twenty-
seven ethnic groups in Texas, concluded the activities on Friday. One
of the conference highlights was the Saturday tour of Castroville,
an Alsatian community founded by Henri Castro in 1844. Marilyn
Koepp, a life-long Alsatian resident of Castroville, guided the Webb So-
ciety members through town. It was a rewarding weekend tour of
Texas's past. Anyone interested in sponsoring a Webb Society chapter
at their college or university should contact David C. De Boe, director
of educational services at the Association.
The Texas Sesquicentennial Commission has closed the books on the
celebration of the 1 5oth anniversary of our independence from Mexico
with a glossy report concluding that 1986 was a "vintage year for
Texas" and that the "downside of the Sesquicentennial celebration can
be measured only in economic terms." A number of activities had to be
aborted because of lack of funds, but many excellent projects were suc-
cessfully completed. Two of the more interesting historical exhibits
were A Corner Forever Texas and Stephen F. Austin. The former ex-
hibition contained many of the historical treasures from the Barker
Texas History Center at UT, Austin, and was presented at the Dallas
Historical Society during the State Fair of Texas and later at the Bar-
ker. Stephen F. Austin, presented at the San Jacinto Museum of His-
tory, contained much new material on the Father of Texas, including a
little-known miniature portrait by the British artist William Howard.
One of the most successful Sesquicentennial ventures in the state was
TexArt 150, a cooperative endeavor by twelve of the state's art mu-
seums. Dr. Peter C. Marzio, director of the Museum of Fine Arts, Hous-
ton, was the motivating force behind TexArt. Thoroughly grounded in
historical and art projects during his years at the National Museum of
American History (a part of the Smithsonian Institution), and the Cor-
coran Art Gallery in Washington, D.C., Peter insisted, even though he
had been in Texas only a few months, that the state's museums could
accomplish more working together than they could individually and
lent his considerable talents and the prestige of the Houston museum
to the effort. Ron Gleason, now the director of the Tyler Museum of
Art, wasy employed as the coordinator of TexArt, and museums were
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