Heritage, Volume 14, Number 3, Summer 1996 Page: 22
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Lee Lawrence Presented
Governor's Award by Texas
Texas Historical Commission Commissioner
F. Lee Lawrence, who passed away
on July 10, was presented the Governor's
Award for Historic Preservation, the
Commission's most prestigious award, at
his home in Tyler on June 13. Lawrence
was past president of the Texas Historical
Foundation and served on the organization's
The award recognized Lawrence for his
more than 35 years of dedication to historic
Lawrence first received his appointment
to the Texas Historical Commission, then
the Texas State Historical Survey Committee,
from Governor Price Daniel in
1959. Through his appointment, Lawrence
worked diligently on a variety of preservation
projects, including the implementation
of Texas' Historical Marker Program,
one of the most ambitious historical marker
projects in the United States.
In 1995, Lawrence was again nominated
to the Commission, this time by Governor
George W. Bush.
Lawrence, a graduate of Texas Chris
tian University in Fort Worth and Southern
Methodist University Law School in
Dallas, returned to his hometown of Tyler
to establish his family law practice,
Lawrence & Lawrence. There he was a
founder of the East Texas Historical Association
and the Smith County Historical
Society, and in 1979 he served as president
of the Texas State Historical Association.
During the years, he authored reports and
books on a variety of historical subjects,
including "Camp Ford C.S.A." and a recent
volume, "Texas War Horses".
Lawrence had been recognized many
times for his dedication to historic preservation.
In 1994 he was the recipient of the
Texas Historical Commission's Ruth Lester
Lifetime Achievement Award, recognizing
individuals who made significant, longterm
contributions to historic preservation.
In 1994, he was presented the Mary
Moody Northen Award by the Texas Historical
Foundation. That award recognizes
achievements in historical preservation for
non-profit groups or individuals working
on behalf of those organizations.
"Lawrence dedicated his life to historic
preservation," said Curtis Tunnell, executive
director of the Texas Historical Commission.
"This award is a great honor, and
the Commission is grateful for his countless
The Governor's Award for Historic Preservation,
the Texas Historical Commission's
highest preservation award, recognizes
the outstanding achievement of an
individual or organization in preserving
Texas' prehistoric and historic heritage.
Restoration of Galveston's
Menard House Receives
The National Trust for Historic Preservation
and Southern Living magazine have
each recognized the restoration of
Galveston's 1838 Michel B. Menard House
with major awards. The project to preserve
the Island's oldest surviving house received
the National Trust's Great American Home
Award for Best Exterior Restoration and
Southern Living magazine's 1996 Southern
Home Award for Best Preservation & Restoration
Project. The awards were judged
on authenticity of the restoration, quality
of the research and workmanship, contribution
to the community, and the effort
The Menard Home is featured in articles
in the January/February 1996 issue of
the National Trust's Historic Preservation
magazine and Southern Living's February
1996 issue. Constructed in classic Greek
Revival style by Galveston's founder, the
house stood abandoned for almost two decades
before its rescue by Galveston Historical
Foundation in 1992. Fred and Pat
Burns of Houston purchased the property
in early 1994. In 1995, they completed an
ambitious restoration that included furnishing
the home with an outstanding collection
of Federal and American Empire
antiques. The house was featured on the
1995 Galveston Historic Homes Tour.
The 1838 Michel B. Menard House is
open for guided tours from noon to 4 p.m.,
Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays. The house
is located at 1605 33rd Street in Galveston.
Admission is $6 for adults and $3 for children
under 12. Visitors must be able to
negotiate two flights of stairs. For information,
call (409) 762-3933.
Handbook on Historic Inns
in Texas To Be Published
Looking for accommodations at an historic
inn for this year's vacation? The task
of finding that place will be easier after
September 15. On that date, Historic Accommodations
of Texas will begin distribution
of its first-ever guidebook of historic
inns and beds and breakfasts located
in the state. "Great Stays of Texas" will list
only historic homes, and more than 95
establishments will be included in the guidebook.
For more information or to order the
publication, call Historic Accommodations
of Texas at 1-800-HAT-8669.
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