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A PUBLICATION OF THE TEXAS HISTORICAL FOUNDATION I EST. 1954 I $5 ISSUE I Volume 4 2010
8 Wellington's Ritz Theater On the cover: The bright marquee of the
Local preservationists banded together to save Ritz Theater in Wellington, Texas.
Wellington's historic Ritz theater. In the process, Photograph by Kirby Campbell
they not only restored an architectural treasure
but also revitalized the pride of the community.
By Wes Reeves
15 Texas Dance Hall Preservation
The first Texas dance halls were built by German,
Czech, and Polish immigrants to celebrate their
cultural traditions. Today, these historic land-
marks are where visitors come for a "truly
By Pamela Murtha
22 Saving The Grove
In 1972, Moody Anderson, an avid collector of
unusual oddities, bought The Grove, a small settle-
ment in Coryell County. A new documentary in the
works tells his unique story.
By Jennifer Sinski
4 Texas Familes
The John Thomas Kirby Family
6 President's Message
26 Teaching Texas History
New History at Old Sites
28 Vintage HERITAGE
This new section features
issues of the magazine.
articles from past
32 Living History
Mechelle Slaughter and Phyllis Gamble talk
about saving the CLIFTEX Theater.
36 This Old Gun
The Sharps Rifle
By Tom Power
24 Membership Honor Roll
38 Texas Historical Museums
EDITORIAL STAFF CONTRIBUTORS
Editor, Gene Krane Kirby Campbell, Andrea Conley, Tom Doell, Robert Fletcher, Dale
Assistant Editor, Pamela Murtha Gallon, Phyllis Gamble, Glenda Gordon, Gruene Historic District,
Proofreader, Betty B. Hall Dirck Halstead, Kirby Museum, Gene Krane, Robert Marcom,
Robin Matthews, Pamela Murtha, PolkaWorks, Tom Power, Wes
Reeves, Jennifer Sinski, Mechelle Slaughter, Texas Dance Hall
PRODUCTION Preservation, Nancy Thompson, Joseph Vitone, Renee Hart Wells
Designer, Stacey Van Landingham
HERITAGE magazine is published quarterly by the Texas Historical Foundation, P.O. Box 50314, Austin, Texas 78763; 512-453-2154;
email:firstname.lastname@example.org. Opinions expressed by contributing writers do not necessarily reflect those of the Texas
Historical Foundation. THF is a private, nonprofit organization supported by membership dues, contributions, and grants. Unsolicited
articles not exceeding 2,000 words will be considered by a review committee for publication. Articles pertaining to Texas heritage,
culture, and preservation activities are given priority. Submissions become the property of the Texas Historical Foundation unless
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