Heritage, Volume 13, Number 1, Winter 1995 Page: 26
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State Preservation Meeting
Planned For April in Austin
The Texas Historical Commission will
hold its 1995 Preservation Conference on
April 20, 21, and 22 in Austin. The meeting,
"Capitolizing on the Past" will be at the
downtown Driskoll Hotel and will coincide
with the rededication of the Texas
State Capitol, which has recently undergone
a major facelift.
The conference, which is expected to
draw approximately 400 participants to the
Capitol City, will include sessions that focus
on historical preservation activities,
award-winning preservation projects, and
presentations by noted historians and restoration
experts. The conference is intended
for a broad audience to include county
historical commissions, nonprofit heritage
groups, architects, historians, museum professionals
and volunteers, preservation consultants,
Additionally, the Texas Historical Foundation
will honor the winners of its 1995
preservation awards during the closing luncheon
of the conference. (See article on
this page for more information about
For more information including a schedule
of events, contact Local History Programs,
Texas Historical Commission, (512)
Exhibits Planned For
Institute of Texan Cultures
Several exhibits focusing on Texas history
and cultural events are planned in the
coming months in San Antonio at the
Institute of Texan Cultures.
From January 12 through February 26
"Like a Double Edged Sword: The Black
Civil Rights Movement in Texas" will hang
in the Institute's Lower Gallery. This traveling
exhibit features the words and
thoughts of blacks who experienced the
struggle for civil rights in Texas.
Another traveling exhibit, "Saints Preserve
Us" features photographs of retablos
(altar pieces), which are unique works of
folk art that depict the saints for whom
many towns in Texas were named. This
show also runs through February 26.
For more information about these shows
or upcoming events, contact the Institute
of Texan Cultures, (210) 558-2257.
Work Begins On Bush
Presidential Library in
Groundbreaking ceremonies for the
George Bush Presidential Library Center
at Texas A&M were attended by former
President George Bush and approximately
1,000 other guests on November 30.
The $42 million library and museum
will be the permanent home for about 36
million pages of documents, a million photographs,
and 40,000 objects gathered from
Bush's years as president, vice president,
congressman, United Nations ambassador,
CIA director, and chairman of the Republican
National Committee. An adjoining
facility will house the George Bush School
of Government and Public Service, the
Center for Presidential Studies, the Center
for Public Leadership Studies, and the Center
for International Studies.
The Bush Library, which is expected to
be completed by 1997, will be the tenth
presidential library in the United States
and the second in Texas.
Restoration Commences On
Hill County Courthouse
It was more than a year ago that a New
Year's day fire swept through the Hill
County Courthouse in Hillsboro, destroying
the bronze bell tower and the four faces
of the tower clock. In fact, all that remained
of the once-magnificent building,
a center of community activity, was the
shell of a roofless limestone wall.
Groundbreaking for the first phase of
the restoration has now begun. Local officials
are in the process of raising money for
the restoration. Once completed, the inte
rior is expected to more closely resemble
the courthouse that was erected in 1890
than the much-altered building that burned.
THF Accepting Nominations
For Preservation Awards
Nominations are now being accepted
for the Texas Historical Foundation's Annual
Awards honoring contributions made
to the preservation of Texas heritage. The
awards will be presented at the THF annual
meeting, this year being held in conjunction
with the Historical Commission's Preservation
Conference in April.
The Josiah Wheat Award of Merit,
named for the first president of the Texas
Historical Foundation, recognizes outstanding
achievement in historical preservation
from business and industry.
The Mary Moody Northen Award,
named for longtime member and benefactor
of the THF, honors achievements in
historical preservation for a local nonprofit
The John Ben Shepperd Jr. Award
recognizes exemplary craftsmanship for restoration
projects. The Deolece Parmelee
Award is given for outstanding achievement
in historical preservation research.
Nominations are welcome and should
be sent to: THF Nominations, P.O. Box
50314, Austin, TX 78763.
Ranching Photo Exhibit
At Cattleman's Museum
in Fort Worth
Fifty black and white images of famous
Texas ranches, including the King, Burnett,
Waggoner, Swenson, Matthews, and
Reynolds spreads, are featured in a photo
exhibit at Fort Worth's Cattleman's Museum.
The historical photographs, which
will hang through February 15, chronicle
the growth and development of the land
and the cattle business, and date from the
late 1800's through the present.
Call the museum at (817) 332-7064 for
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