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tributed $2.9 million in grants to 517 Texas public libraries under a new
program, Loan Star Libraries, approved during the last session of the Leg-
islature. Senator Rodney Ellis, chair of the Texas Legislature's Senate Fi-
nance Committee, presented the largest of the grants, $334,320, to Hous-
ton Mayor Lee P. Brown for the Houston Public Library. Other large
grants went to the Austin Public Library ($115,627), the Dallas Public Li-
brary ($125,770), the Fort Worth Public Library ($77,797), the El Paso
Public Library ($34,553), the Harris County Public Library ($110,106),
the Plano Public Library ($75,625), the Fort Bend County Library
($60,805), and the San Antonio Public Library ($94,922).
TSHA Executive Council member Raye Virginia Allen of Temple, chair-
man of the Temple Cultural Activities Center Archives Committee, re-
ports that the Center received a $o10,ooo grant from the Summerlee
Foundation of Dallas for the preservation of the Center's archives. The
project is divided into three phases: digitizing and protecting the organi-
zation's permanent records (including audio and/or videotaped inter-
views with people instrumental in the founding of the center in 1958);
creating presentations to be made available to the public; and placing a
computer kiosk in the lobby of the CAC so that visitors can display web
materials and access and copy documents from a searchable database.
The project will also make the Center's works of art available on the In-
ternet. Allen said that the Summerlee Foundation grant went toward the
purchase of computer equipment so that the project could get underway.
The Daughters of the Republic of Texas have returned an important ar-
tifact to public exhibit in the Alamo. The DRT placed the beaded buck-
skin vest that once belonged to David Crockett on exhibit in a ceremony
in front of the Alamo on August 16 (August 17 was the 216th anniversary
of Crockett's birth). The vest was given to the Alamo by Mr. and Mrs. Al-
bert Steves Sr. in 1934. It was removed from display in the early 1990os and
a replica put in its place. The reinstallation follows conservation work per-
formed by Beatrice Dodge, who examined the vest and secured frayed
edges and loose beads.
The Maverick family has become synonymous with Texas-their family
history is intertwined in the life and growth of San Antonio. Samuel
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