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THF Grants Shine Light on Texas History Education
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nstilling a sense of pride in the next generation ofTexans
is one of the objectives of the Texas Historical Founda-
tion. Recent grant gifts have supported that goal.
In February, THF directors Raymond McDaniel and Bill
Wright presented a check to students in Ballinger, who along
with their teacher, Cinnamon Carter, formed the non-
profit organization Friends of the Ballinger Indian Statue.
The THF board members received thanks from the budding
preservationists for supporting their effort to reproduce and
replace the "Friend, the Indian" statue in their small town.
THF directors Elizabeth Susser, Missi Thomas, and A.J.
Simpson attended the May dedication of the Rockport's Grand
Hotels Heritage Sign, hosted by the Aransas County Histori-
cal Society and their Texas Historical Commission partners.
The hotel marker is part of a heritage tourism program pro-
moting the history of Rockport and Fulton with signs placed
along a hike and bike trail and at area historic sites.
The Williamson Museum and its partners recently hosted
the 2011 Pioneer Day held at Old Settlers Park in Round
Rock. The annual event celebrates the pioneer heritage of
Williamson County through living history activities, educa-
tional exhibits, and period-related presentations. More than
1,700 people attended this year's event.
A recent THF grant award to the Gault School of Archae-
ology will promote and
distribute An Adventure
in Time, a THF-funded
video about the Gault
site, and companion
classroom materials to
educators attending three
upcoming teacher confer-
Finally, the Castell
Community Club re- i
cently installed a replica
bell, funded by THF, in
the tower of the Castell
School, built in the 1890s.
This Hill Country school was one of the places where rural chil-
dren received their early educations. In 2005 and 2010, the
Foundation provided funding for the restoration of the school.
Photos clockwise, left to right: THF board member Raymond McDan-
iel, back row, presented a grant check to students in Ballinger; these
youngsters enjoyed Pioneer Day in Williamson County; the newly
installed bell at Castell rings at all meetings and special events;
Aransas County dignitaries pose with THF directors A.J. Simpson,
far right, Missi Thomas, in black hat, and Elizabeth Susser, front
right. Photos courtesy of Bill Wright, Williamson Museum, the Cas-
tell Community Club, and Jerry Susser.
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