Heritage, Volume 15, Number 1, Winter 1997 Page: 25
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Preservation Fundraising Goal Reached
Sarah Meadows and Charles E. Seay Fund Established
The Board of Directors of the Texas
Historical Foundation is proud to announce
to members of the organization
that the challenge to collect $20,000 in
matching monies, extended to THF by
Charles and Sarah Meadows Seay of
Dallas, has been achieved.
THF Board ChairmanJohn B. Meadows
of Austin spearheaded the campaign.
Upon obtaining the fundraising
goal, Meadows said, "We are grateful
for the generosity extended to the Foundation
by the Seays, and as a result of
their support, there is now more money
that can be put toward programs protecting
our state's history for future
generations. The Seays have certainly
done a great service to our state."
According to a policy set by the
Foundation Board only the income generated
from the grant principal will be
used for funding preservation projects,
thus insuring that the Sarah Meadows
and Charles E. Seay Fund will become
a perpetual fund of the THF.
The Dallas couple, whose families
came to Texas in the 1800s, have in the
past supported various philanthropic
causes ranging from an endowment in
mental health at Southern Methodist
Rededication Planned for
March 8 in Austin
State officials, preservation leaders, and
interested citizens will gather at the recently
renovated State Cemetery on Saturday,
March 8, to rededicate the historic
landmark. The Texas State Cemetery, located
four blocks east of Interstate Highway
35 in Austin, is the final resting place
for many of Texas' greatest military leaders,
pioneers, governmental officials, educators,
and literary figures.
The Saturday, March 8 program will
begin with the posting of the colors and
pledges led by members of several lineage
organizations in Texas. The day's activities
will also include the rededication of
the Albert Sidney Johnson Monument,
the Stephen F. Austin and Edward Burleson
Monuments, and the gravesites of other
veterans. A cacophony of sounds will fill
University to their recent
donation to install hightech
lighting at the restored
Texas State Capitol.
The Foundation would
like to thank the following
individuals and organizations
who donated to this
Barbara Balliew, C.H.
Benckenstein, The Brown
Foundation, The Clements
Foundation, Mike and
Karen Collins, Clyde Davis,
The Dodge Jones Foundation,
Marshall and Betty
Doke, The Hillcrest Foundation,
Roy Johlke, Ruth
Johnson, Bryce and Jonelle
Jordan, Dr. Robert Knowles,
J.W. Lander, Frances
Lawrence, Patricia and A.T.
Mast, Ann and Craig
McDonald, Ruth Johnson
G. McGill, John and Vicki
Meadows, Matt and Janet
Miller, Dr. James R. Moyes,
R.H. Pickens, Bidda and
Howard Reed, Bill Sibley,
Robert and Sally Stout, Jerry
the afternoon air as cannons sound and taps
is played. Throughout the day, music will
be provided by the Larry Johnstone Heritage
Brass Band of Austin.
Visitors at the rededication ceremony
will note several changes at the cemetery,
the result of the recent preservation and
enhancement project. Historic monuments
have been restored, and headstones throughout
the cemetery have been cleaned and
renovated. The new interpretive center,
made of weathered stone, now greets visitors
to the cemetery, and offers signs, brochures,
and self-guided tour information.
The Texas State Cemetery is accessible
from either East Seventh or East Eleventh
Historical Foundation Awards
Two Grants in January
The Texas Historical Foundation accepted
two grant applications at its January
Sarah and Charles Seay
and Elizabeth Susser, Sherra and Ronald Thomason,
Victor and JoAnn Treat, and Bill and Alice Wright.
The Foundation wishes to especially thank Ann and
Craig McDonald for completing the match with a gift
in memory of Ann's father A.V. Weaver Jr.
The Board agreed to partially fund the
printing of a Texas Historical Commission
brochure entitled You Are The Guardian of
the Past, a booklet that introduces readers to
Texas' rich cultural heritage and alerts them
to the fact that thousands of archaeological
and historical sites are destroyed each year
in the state. The publication is distributed
to teachers and students in Texas as part of
the Archaeology Awareness Month materials.
The grant money comes from the
Joseph P. Ballard Archaeological Fund,
administered by THF.
The Foundation Board also accepted a
grant application from the Richland Springs
Preservation Society for restoration of the
J.L. Burleson Bank Building, originally constructed
in 1910, as a community center
and historical museum. Richland Springs is
a community of 344 persons, and the monies
for the THF grant were from the Jeanne
R. Blocker Memorial Fund, which promotes
rural preservation projects in Texas.
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