Heritage, Volume 15, Number 1, Winter 1997 Page: 4
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THE PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE
By Dr. R. Lee Rode
There are many reasons why historic
preservation is so interesting. One of the
main reasons is that because there are so
many areas of preservation, we are each
able to direct our time and energy into the
projects that we enjoy the most. We can
pick local projects or those of statewide
concern; we can work in the field of archaeology
or architectural preservation.
But the one thing that we must all keep in
mind, no matter which avenue of preservation
we pursue, is that our goal is the same:
preserving our past resources for the benefit
of future generations.
As this issue of HERITAGE goes to
press, the Texas Legislature is meeting in
Austin. In this time of governmental belttightening,
lawmakers will surely be scrutinizing
all of the state's programs and carefully
assessing the funding resources. Historical
preservation projects will surely be examined closely under
the government's microscope. There are two things that all of us
interested in preservation work can do now to assure that the
important projects in Texas can continue. One, take a moment to
call or write your state legislators and let them know how important
this work is to the future generations of Texans. Secondly, there is
little doubt that 1997 will bring new preservation projects requiring
additional financial support, and in this time of governmental
cutbacks, it will become even more important for organizations
such as the Texas Historical Foundation to step in and lend a hand.
It may become necessary for all of us to dig a little deeper or take up
the challenge to recruit new members to assist in our endeavors.
The Texas Historical Foundation gratefully acknowledges all of
the work that you have already done in support of this organization
and, we are hopeful that you will stand ready to continue to march
with us in the future.
Speaking of funding sources, I am very pleased to announce that
the Foundation has reached the goal for the matching grant that
was graciously extended to THF by Sarah and Charles Seay of
Dallas. The Foundation raised $20,000,
which was matched dollar-for-dollar by
i;'X ~ the Seays. This greatly adds to our resources
and should go a long way toward
funding future preservation projects. We
are particularly grateful to the Seays and to
all of those who donated to this fundraising
effort (see page 25 for a list of contributors).
In other fundraising news, the Foundation
will sponsor an auction of Texana
items on Saturday, September 20 from 710
p.m. The event will be held in conjunction
with the Austin Book and Paper Show.
We are asking all members to look in their
closets, bookshelves, and attics to see what
they might donate to this auction. We
need small items -- books, photographs,
quilts, jewelry, or guns -- that might be of
interest to collectors or history buffs. Please
get in touch with the Foundation office if
you have any ideas or items that you wish to donate.
This current issue of HERITAGE deals with a most important
aspect of preservation: archaeology. The Foundation has been
deeply involved and supportive of archaeological research projects
in Texas for many years. Some of the work that the Foundation has
helped fund, through its grants program, include: the research work
at the Santa Cruz de San Saba mission; the cataloguing and
accession of the more than 100,000 artifacts discovered at the Horn
Shelter No. 2 site by avocational archaeologists Albert Redder and
Frank Watt; and the excavation and study of the Tonkawa Bank
Archaeological site near Victoria to determine the possibility that
it was the second location of the Mission Espiritu Santo de Zuniga
(see page 26 for a detailed report). All of this work is important, and
it has made a significant impact on the preservation of the cultural
heritage of Texas.
In closing, let me thank you for your past support and acknowledge
the THF directors for their wise counsel and guidance. There
is still much to be done, so let's all keep working together.
God Bless Texas.
4 HERITAGE *WINTER 1997
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