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Former Foundation President
Hal Jackson Passes Away
2009 ended on a sad note for the
Texas Historical Foundation when
the organization received news
on December 29 that former THF
president Hal Jackson passed away
on that day in Dallas. Jackson had
served as president of the Foun-
dation from July-December 2008
when his poor health forced him to
A memorial resolution honoring
Jackson was read at the Foundation's
quarterly board meeting in Athens
on January 16. A copy of that resolu-
tion can be found on page 5 of this magazine.
Born in 1953 in Vernon, Texas, Jackson had a distinguished
banking career that spanned more than 30 years. Most recently,
he was executive vice president of Private Client Services for the
Dallas region of Frost Bank. He was also a tireless community ser-
vice volunteer, lending his time and expertise to the Dallas Heri-
tage Village, the Dallas Center for the Performing Arts, Greater
Dallas Chamber of Commerce, and Dallas Senior Source, among
Jackson was married for more than 20 years to Sally Copass
Jackson of Dallas, who survives him.
THF Board Awards Three Grants
THF directors ushered in 2010 by giving three grants in support
of preservation and education projects.
The River Pierce Foundation was given $3,000 for emergency
stabilization of the masonry of the Trevifio-Uribe Rancho in San
Ygnacio. The rancho was built in 1830 on a bluff overlooking the
Rio Grande by Jesus Trevifio and his son-in-law Blas Maria Uribe
and is a designated National Historic Landmark. For an update on
this project, see the article on page 23.
The Texas Archeological Society received $5,000 for develop-
ment of an archeology education program, featuring the THF-pro-
duced Gault DVD focusing on the fieldwork being done in Bell
County. TAS will oversee lesson plan development, workshops,
and educational materials for distribution to school districts, re-
gional education service centers, and Boy and Girl Scout troops.
The San Benito
Day Festival Commit-
tee was the recipient
of $3,000 in support of
their 2010 Texas Inde-
pendence Day Festival,
the only celebration %
of its kind in the Rio A
Grande Valley. Festivi-
ties include a reenact-
ment of the Battle of - tui
ing, and historical pre- ,. .... -
early life in that area. THF funds will be used to bring in highly
regarded historians as speakers.
Presently, the Texas Historical Foundation is seeking grant pro-
posals under $5,000 in the areas of archeology and rural preserva-
tion. The next application deadline is June 1. To apply for a grant,
download an application at www.texashistoricalfoundation.org.
Texas Governor's Mansion
Expansion Plan Withdrawn
The State Preservation Board has shelved plans for a controver-
sial addition to the Texas Governor's Mansion, which was dam-
aged by fire in 2008.
Originally, the board had proposed the construction of a
3,000-square-foot addition to the 9,000-square-foot National His-
toric Landmark mansion, but that idea sparked intense opposi-
tion. The Preservation Board could still bring back an alternative
version of the addition for consideration.
We Hear From HERITAGE Readers...
Pam Murtha's recent article in the [Volume 4 2009 issue of]
Heritage magazine was a perfect tribute to Anice Read. It was
well-written, informative, and warm. [Ms. Murtha] captured
Anice's legacy well, in spite of never knowing her. I know [Ms.
Murtha] worked hard on the article, doing research and getting
quotes from those who knew Anice well.
Thank you for having Pam on your staff. She has a fine writing
career in her future.
Kay Harvey-Mosley, Austin
[I] loved the article on Anice [Read written by Pamela
Murtha]. Many thanks for putting it all "in the record." Anice
was quite a woman-a stronger, smarter advocate would be hard
At several intervals I was Julian Read's Dallas office head. In the
mid-1980s Anice called and wanted me to go with...her team to
Pittsburgh, Texas, and launch their Main Street Program...
Anice, of course, had already labored mightily to lay the
groundwork-visiting with the community leaders (Bo Pilgrim,
naturally), bankers, and chamber folk. Our job was to get them
excited about restoring their beautiful downtown buildings. One
of the team members produced some great drawings, others talked
about the financing, and I was the marketing/tourism program de-
It was a delightful three-day experience, and getting to know
the boss' wife better was the best part.
Thanks for all you do for the Foundation and our state.
David Dunnigan, Dallas
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