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Pay to the
Order of $1S C50.
Left: THF Director Dr. Lacy Hunt, center, presented a check to the French Legation Museum in Austin, to help the organization complete a
restoration of its 1841 structure. Also shown in the photo are FLM representatives Lise Ragbir, left, director, and board member Gayle
Lawson, Ph.D. Right: Foundation board members (left to right) A.J. Simpson, Missi Thomas, Sylvia Tillotson, Elizabeth Susser, and David
Martinez received a commendation from the Friends of Casa Navarro, honoring THF's support of the production of Navarro, A Children's
Opera, which recently premiered in San Antonio. Photographs by Gene Krane and Friends of Casa Navarro.
THF Grants Program is Alive and Well, Despite Floundering Economy
As the national economy continued to struggle and the Tex-
as Legislature substantially slashed the budgets of many state
agencies, the Texas Historical Foundation was able to step up
to fill a gap threatening the future of many historical preserv-
Using privately raised funds, THF presented 14 grants in
2011. During the latest round of funding requests, four gifts
* The Jefferson Historical Society and Museum will use
Foundation funds to install a lightning protection system to
provide safekeeping for its extensive collection related to the
history of Jefferson and Marion counties. The building has al-
ready been struck by lightning three times, resulting in electri-
cal and structural damage.
* The City of Kyle, south of Austin, will receive a grant for a
three-part restoration effort of the Historic Kyle Train Depot.
THF funds will be used for Phase III of the project, address-
ing interior construction and renovation, updated electrical,
plumbing, and HVAC systems, restrooms, site enhancement, a
community plaza, and ramps for wheelchair accessibility.
* The National Society of Colonial Dames of America/
Neill-Cochran House Museum, Austin, will apply grant
funds to the purchase and installatation of archival shelving
for the museum's collection of historical documents. Currently,
these materials are being stored in various locations in the mu-
seum, but new shelving will allow for consolidation in an area
with lighting, secure doorways, and climate control.
* The Old Oak Cliff Conservation League, Dallas, will use
a THF grant to install a historical marker and reflection area
to honor Officer J.D. Tippit, the Dallas policeman killed by
Lee Harvey Oswald, President John E Kennedy's assassin. The
Dallas Independent School District has donated a small piece
of land on the corner of Tenth Street and Patton for the place-
ment of this historical marker, as well as a live oak tree and
irrigation for the site. The THF grant will cover the purchase
of the marker and the costs for a bench, paver stones, and land-
scaping for the reflection area.
Grants Committee Chair Elizabeth Susser, of Corpus
Chrisi, said that while gifts were still being made to assist
in the completion of worthwhile projects, it is important
that those seeking funds explore all possible resources. "In
an effort to leverage THF's grant money, our organization
is increasingly requiring that recipients either match the
amount awarded or raise the balance of total funds needed
to complete the project before we'll release the check." She
went on to say that, when applicable, THF will also at-
tempt to provide information regarding other funding or-
ganizations that could be of assistance. Susser explained,
"By creating these partnerships, everyone's dollar goes fur-
ther, and preservation in Texas will continue to thrive."
The Texas Historical Foundation administers several endow-
ments that provide assistance for non-profit organizations in
the state that are working to preserve a part of the Lone Star
history. Requests of less than $5,000 are encouraged, and the
Foundation has particular interest in proposals focusing on ar-
cheology and rural preservation.
To learn more about these endowments, see a list of past
grants, or download an application form, visit www.texashis-
toricalfoundation.org/grants. Those without computer access
can obtain assistance by calling 512-453-2154. Deadlines for
grant applications are the first day of the months of December,
March, June, and September.
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