The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 45, July 1941 - April, 1942 Page: 331
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Three Types of Historical Interpretation
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I hope that I am not understood to advocate a return to
such primitive living as either possible or desirable. Emphat-
ically not. But such documents abundantly illustrate the fal-
lacy of the explanation that the "disappearance of the frontier"
had much to do with the development of our present social and
economic conditions. And I do believe that a little clearer con-
ception of the realities of the frontier might inspire greater
patience with the imperfections of the present.
And now, Mr. Chairman, after distant-and you may think
dubious-wanderings, I return to the monument, the Library,
and the Museum which we are dedicating here. It would be
interesting to trace the development of the ideas that produced
this particular form of memorial, and I hope that it may be-
come the subject of an early publication by your competent
director. It should include also the history of the San Jacinto
Museum of History Association and the related agencies con-
cerned with the administration and upkeep of the memorial.
I could not presume to enumerate all of those who contributed
their thoughts and efforts and knowledge to the erection of this
monument. Officially, credit is due the Commission of Control
for Texas Centennial Celebrations. Members of this Commis-
sion were: Honorable Walter F. Woodul, then Lieutenant Gov-
ernor of Texas; Honorable Coke R. Stevenson, Speaker of the
House of Representatives; Mr. John K. Beretta, of San Antonio;
Mr. James A. Elkins, of Houston; Mr. Karl Hoblitzelle, of
Dallas; General John A. Hulen, of Fort Worth; Honorable Pat
M. Neff, of Waco; Mr. Wallace Perry, of El Paso; and Mr.
Joseph V. Vandenberge, of Victoria. The Commission of Con-
trol was assisted by the Advisory Board of Texas Historians,
composed of Mr. L. W. Kemp, of Houston; Professor J. Frank
Dobie, of the University of Texas; and Dr. Paul J. Foik, of
St. Edward's University.
To the Chairman of the Advisory Board of Historians credit
belongs for the eight dignified, informative inscriptions at the
base of the monument. Mr. Kemp's modesty leads him to ex-
aggerate the assistance that he received from twenty-five con-
sultants; but the simple truth is that all of the thought and at
least ninety-eight per cent of the words are his. In fewer than
six hundred words these inscriptions recite the essential his-
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