Heritage, Volume 13, Number 1, Winter 1995 Page: 4
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THE PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE
By John B. Meadows
Thomas Jonathan "Stonewall" Jackson,
Lieutenant-General, Army of North Virginia,
Confederate State of America, once
said, "Resolve to perform what you ought;
perform without fail what you resolve."
This simple but meaningful statement echoes
repeatedly whenever I think about our
responsibility to preserve and protect our
heritage. Our resolve must be to ensure
that the generations that follow will have
preserved for them, the places, sites, and
accurate history of all that is great in Texas.
We begin this new year mindful that
this will be the year we celebrate Texas'
150th anniversary as a state. What a great
state Texas is and always has been. I can
think of no better way to honor her than for
us to pass on to others the sense of pride and
respect that I know we each possess in
being Texans. We do this through our
stories and in our deeds. We can also accomplish this through our
In furtherance of this goal, I respectfully request that we pledge
ourselves to help sustain our efforts by acquainting our friends and
family members with the Texas Historical Foundation and its
purpose and objectives. We need the support of each of you, not just
financially but by helping us reach more people with like interests.
We need new members.
This issue of HERITAGE is our annual archaeology issue. We
feature articles by Brett Cruse on "Archaeology at the Oak Hill
Village Site in Rusk County," and Doug Boyd who reports on
"Historic Brickmaking in the Lower Rio Grande Valley" . Brenda
Whorton and Alan Skinner write about archaeological research
that they are conducting in Parker County on the Coho and Nancy
Jane Smith homestead. Dr. Robert Hard has contributed an update
on the Texas Legacy Project, an archaeological education program
that has received funding from the Texas Historical Foundation.
In fact, the Foundation has a long history
of grant support for numerous archaeological
projects and related activities. Support
has been given to assist in the classification
of artifacts found at the MooreHancock
Homestead in Austin as well as
the extensive artifacts collection of the
Crosbyton County Museum. The Atascosa
County Historical Commission has received
funding for the identification and
restoration of that county's historical and
prehistorical archaeological sites. The
Texas Archaeological Society received
assistance in funding its field school at the
Sam Kaufman site. Funds have also been
^^^^^^H given to assist with the acquisition of the
Mustang Springs site near Midland.
The recent works of Grant Hall and
others at the Mission Santa Cruz de San
Saba in Menard County has also benefited
from the Texas Historical Foundation. Many other projects such as
the Foundation's continued support of Archaeology Awareness
Week is illustrative of our commitment to archaeology in Texas.
As we begin this new year and the new work that we must do in
order to preserve our Texas heritage, the Board of Directors of the
Historical Foundation journeyed to East Texas, where we were
graciously entertained by Mr. and Mrs. Lee Lawrence. Lee, as you
may remember, was the 1994 winner of the Mary Moody Northen
Award honoring his outstanding achievements and efforts in the
field of historical preservation. He is also a past president of both
the Texas State Historical Association and the Texas Historical
Foundation. While the board was in East Texas, we had the
opportunity to view historical restoration projects there, including
a tour of the restored jail/law office of Randy Gilbert.
Thank you for all of your kind support of the Foundation in the
past, and I send wishes to each of you for a safe and prosperous 1995.
God Bless Texas.
4 HERITAGE * WINTER 1995
THE TEXAS HISTORICAL FOUNDATION
A non-profit organization devoted to historic preservation requests applications and nominations for
There are currently openings on the Board of Directors of the Texas Historical Foundation. The Board is seeking to recruit new
members who will reflect the full range of historical, preservation, and archaeological interests that the Foundation has traditionally
supported. It is also important that the Board represent the different geographical areas of the state. At present we are seeking to
increase representation from South Texas and the Panhandle, and we encourage applications from those areas. Send cover letter and
curriculum vita to:
John B. Meadows * Texas Historical Foundation * Box 50314, Austin, Texas 78763
For more information on Board service, call (512) 453-2154.
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