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Project Receives Grant
The Texas Historical Foundation has
once again stepped forward to assist the
Institute of Nautical Archeology in its
study of the shipwreck of the Denbigh, a
Civil War blockade runner.
The Denbigh Shipwreck Project, which
began in 1997, is a multi-year underwater
archeology excavation at Galveston. THF
gave financial assistance to the project in
1999, 2000, and 2001.
INA's work at the site thus far has found
the ship's engines and iron hull in place
and hints at her last cargo of military supplies
and luxury civilian goods.
The ship's launching in 1860 and her
demise in 1865 correspond with the Civil
War's beginning and end. The Denbigh is
the first blockade-runner to receive
extensive scientific investigations not
only in Texas, but also in the whole Gulf
of Mexico area.
Three books and numerous journal arti
The Denbigh, a Civil War blockade runner. Image
from the Institute of Nautical Archeology.
cles have already been published about
INA's excavation work on the Denbigh,
and several additional books are in preparation.
The THF grant will assist in the
publication of recent investigative findings
at the site.
THF administers several endowments
that support preservation projects.
Proposals are reviewed on a quarterly basis
by the full board. To download a grant
application, go to www.texashistoricalfoundation.org.
Those without computer
access should call THF at 512-453-2154.
IM I .l a l ' R Sl:l , 'l I l jI
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director Reuben MarL^
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away on May 9 at
Reuben was born in Dallas to Mike
Martinez, founder of the El Fenix restaurants
in Dallas, and wife Faustina. The
restaurant began as Lone Star Cuisine on
McKinney Avenue in 1918 and expanded
to the current 15 El Fenix locations in
the Dallas-Fort Worth area. Reuben had
recently retired as the family-owned
company's president and chief executive
officer. He was always happy to share the
story of his family's long history.
In addition to his service to THF,
Reuben was also active in the Dallas
Historical Society; he and his wife Dona
had recently dedicated themselves to the
restoration and preservation of Dallas's
Cathedral de Guadalupe.
In addition to his support of historical
preservation in Texas, Reuben was also
active in the arts. The Dallas Opera,
Dallas Museum of Art, and the Dallas
Theater Center all benefited from his
guidance and backing.
Compassionate and caring, Reuben
also gave of his time and resources to
charities and social service agencies
including the Visiting Nurses Association
and Meals on Wheels. His efforts
were also behind a drive that funded the
expansion of the Autism Treatment
Center in northeast Dallas, allowing
many more clients to receive care.
Above all, Reuben was a family man.
He was devoted to his wife of 55 years
Dona and their four children. As the
family expanded, Reuben and Dona's
home became filled with grandchildren,
too; the rest of us can only imagine what
fun those family gatherings must have
The Texas Historical Foundation is
grateful for the memorial contributions
that have been made to the organization
in Reuben's name.
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of higher learning
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