Heritage, Volume 14, Number 1, Winter 1996 Page: 4
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THE PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE
By John B. Meadows
Before I talk about this archaeology
issue of HERITAGE, I want to take a
moment to recognize some special people.
First, I would like to congratulate our
Foundation Board member, Dr. Michael
Collins of Austin, on his election as president-elect
of the Texas Archaeological
Society. Mike has been a THF Board member
for several years, and along with Rose
Trevifio, serves as co-chair of our archaeology
committee. Our hats are off to Mike.
I am quite pleased to announce the
creation of the Sarah Meadows and Charles
E. Seay Fund. The Sarah Meadows and
Charles E. Seay Charitable Trust has offered
a $20,000 challenge grant that would
match dollar-for-dollar monies the Foundation
can raise. Income from the permanent
fund would be used for grants to preserve
and promote Texas heritage. This is
an opportunity and challenge that we must not let escape. Please
forward your matching contribution to the Meadows and Seay
Fund at your earliest opportunity; once that is done, your contribution
will double in size, permitting the Fundation to award more
grants in the future furthering historical preservation. Also, read
more about the Seays and their gracious gesture on page six of this
magazine. We truly appreciate their interest and generosity.
In addition, I want to extend the Foundation's and my own
personal deep appreciation to Shirley and Clifton Caldwell for
their decades of faithful and tireless service to the Texas Historical
Foundation. In stepping down from the Board, the Caldwells
wrote, "Texas has given each of us so much. We've recognized that
and tried to give something back. Please never doubt that Texas is
worth every contribution any of us could make. We continue to
owe her our best efforts." I have never heard it put better.
We are pleased in this issue of HERITAGE to have several of
"the best in the business" reporting on the status of archaeology in
Texas today. In his article "At the Pass: Historical Preservation in
the Lower Valley of El Paso", John Peterson
writes of "the challenge of not only preserving
the historical landscape... but of
enhancing the sense of social connectedness
and historical self-consciousness of
the (West Texas) community".
Barto Arnold of the Texas Historical
Commission reports on several underwater
archaeological projects in Texas, including
the LaSalle Shipwreck Project. He also
discusses an innovative partnership that
THC is engaged in with the Southwest
Underwater Archaeological Society.
In another article, Mike Collins talks
about the Wilson-Leonard site near Austin.
This unique archaeological site is important
because every single prehistoric
cultural interval is represented here.
There is also an update by Calvin Smith
in this magazine on the Horn Shelter No.
2 project. The author discusses the contributions of avocational
archaeologists Frank Watt and Al Redder, whose work is widely
recognized by the professional archaeological community.
Turning away from archaeology and to human interest, we also
include in this issue an interesting story from Bob and Vera
Thornton of Dallas. The Thorntons set out on a birding trip to
Oregon, where they by chance came across a painting and the rifle
of Captain Jack Hays, a famous Texas Ranger and explorer who
helped maintain the Republic of Texas and later served with
distinction in the Mexican War. Captain Hays later moved west.
The Thorntons, recognizing the importance of their find, have
arranged for the gun and painting to be returned to Texas, where
they will be housed at the Texas Ranger Museum in Waco.
In closing, I thank you again for your generous contributions of
the past and urge you to take advantage of the tremendous
fundraising opportunity that the Charles Seays' have given the
Texas Historical Foundation.
God Bless Texas.
4 HERITAGE *WINTER 1996
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