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Historical Foundation Plans
Program for May Historic
Preservation and technology can go
hand-in-hand, as the Texas Historical
Foundation will show during a program on
May 3 at the 1996 Annual Historic Preservation
Conference in Amarillo.
"The World Wide Web and Texas
County Historical Resources" set for 4 p.m.
on Friday, May 3, will offer new opportunities
for examining, preserving, and interpreting
Texas history and culture. The
session will highlight the Taylor County
Web Project, developed by the Department
of History at Abilene Christian University
in conjunction with the Texas Historical
Foundation and the Taylor County
Historical Commission. The program will
include an on-line demonstration of the
Web pages and information on how other
historical organizations can begin Web
projects in their own communities. Members
of the audience will be given a chance
to work in the Taylor County Web page at
the end of the session.
The three-day conference, from May 24
at the Radisson Inn Amarillo Airport, is
sponsored by the Texas Historical Commission.
Hundred historians and preserva
tionists from Texas and the surrounding
area are expected to gather.
Four Preservation Projects
Receive Monies From
At its November 1995 quarterly meeting,
held in Big Bend National Park, the
Board of Directors of the Texas Historical
Foundation approved preservation grants
for four projects.
The Atascosa County Historical Society
received funds to complete its final
phase surveys of the historical landmarks
and properties in that area. The grant money
comes from the Jeanne R. Blocker Memorial
Fund, administered by THF.
The Board also approved a grant for the
Texas Archaeological Research Laboratory
for its excavation work at Mission
Espiritu Santo in Goliad.
The Fort Davis Historical Foundation
gained approval of its request for a grant to
rewire the Overland Museum.
Finally, the Board voted to fund a photographic
project that documents the decline
of the family farm in the Texas Panhandle.
This grant was funded from the
Foundation's Photography Fund.
On an ongoing basis, preservation grants
are awarded to worthwhile projects and
organizations across the state of Texas by
the Historical Foundation. For grant guidelines
and application, contact the Foundation
office in Austin.
Immigrant Experience is
Topic of Museum Exhibit
In 1870,15-year-oldThomas W. Dealey
arrived in Galveston after financial reversals
forced his family to emigrate from
Liverpool, England. Within a month of his
arrival, Dealey went to work as an office
boy for the local newspaper. By the time he
was 26, he was the paper's business manager
and one of its principal stockholders.
Dealey's story is just one of several featured
in "Facing the New World: The Immigrant
Experience in Galveston," a spe
cial exhibit opening March 16 at the Texas
Seaport Museum on Galveston's Pier 21.
Throughout the 19th and early 20th centuries,
Galveston was the largest port of entry
for immigrants arriving in Texas. "Facing
the New World" looks at what happened to
the "huddled masses" after they settled on
"Facing the New World" covers the
1840s through the 1920s, when Galveston
was known as the "Ellis Island of the West".
The exhibit supplements the Seaport
Museum's immigration database, which
allows visitors to access information about
more than 133,000 immigrants who entered
the U.S. through the Port of
Galveston. In addition to stories about
individual immigrants, a special section of
the exhibit is devoted to the Jewish
Immigrant's Information Bureau, which
assisted European Jews escaping the ghettos
and pograms of turn-of-the-century
The exhibit opens on Saturday, March
30, and will remain on display through
March 1997. The museum is open daily
from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information,
call the Seaport Museum at (409)
Nominations for 1996
The Texas Historical Foundation is currently
accepting applications for its 1996
Preservation Awards. The award winners
will be recognized at a banquet in Amarillo,
as part of this year's Annual Historic
Preservation Conference. The following
awards will be given this year:
* Judge James E. Wheat Award of
Merit for outstanding achievement in historical
preservation for business and industry;
* Mary Moody Northen Award for
outstanding achievement in historical preservation
for a local nonprofit historical
* John Ben Shepperd Jr. Craftsmanship
Award for outstanding achievement
22 HERITAGE -WINTER 1996
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