Heritage, Volume 13, Number 3, Summer 1995 Page: 22
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Lee Lawrence Receives
THC's Ruth Lester Lifetime
In honor of his lifetime commitment to
the preservation of Texas history, Lee
Lawrence of Tyler was named the winner
of the Texas Historical Commission's Ruth
Lester Award. The presentation was made
during the closing banquet of the
Commission's Preservation Conference in
Austin on April 22.
Lawrence's involvement in the preservation
movement dates back nearly 40
years. At the age of 33, he was named to the
Texas State Historical Survey Committee,
serving with the likes of Ima Hogg, John
Ben Shepperd, and Judge James Wheat.
Along with Shepperd and Dr. Rupert
Richardson, Lawrence is credited with beginning
the historical marker program in
Author of a book on Camp Ford, the
largest Confederate prisoner of war camp
west of the Mississippi, Lawrence is past
president of both the Texas Historical Foundation
and the Texas State Historical Association
and has been involved in preservation
activities on the local and regional
levels as well.
Texas Hero Jose Antonio
Navarro Honored With
Statue By City of San Antonio
The Mexican American hero Jose Antonio
Navarro was honored by the City of
San Antonio on May 6 at a statue dedication
commemorating the 200th year of his
birth. The bronze statue overlooks the
Commerce Street entrance to Market
The event coincided with the 10th anniversary
of the opening of the nearby Jose
Antonio Navarro State Historic Site, which
incudes the home where the statesman
lived from 1853 until his death in 1871.
Navarro was one of only two native
Texans to sign the Texas Declaration of
Independence in 1836 and helped draft the
Constitution of the Republic of Texas. He
also served as a member of the State Constitutional
Convention and Texas Legislature.
THF Approves Grants At
April Board Meeting
Two preservation grants were approved
at the April meeting in Austin of the Texas
Historical Foundation Board of Directors.
The Crosby County Pioneer Memorial
Museum in Crosbyton received funds for a
10-day seminar on West Texas history that
will be presented to qualified students at
three Crosby County high schools. The
seminar, which will include short field trips
to nearby historical sites, was funded by the
THF's Jeanne R. Blocker Memorial Preservation
Fund, encouraging preservation activities
in rural areas of Texas.
The Parker County Heritage Society
also was awarded a Jeanne R. Blocker Fund
grant to complete the fencing of
Weatherford's Old City Greenwood Cemetery,
burial site of several Texas heroes,
and to repair a number of tombstones and
monuments within its boundaries.
Preservation grant applications are available
through the Texas Historical Foundation,
and applicants are advised that presently
smaller requests are in order. Groups
awarded grants will be expected to provide
a full accounting of the use of the money for
which they are applying.
Fort Concho Documents
Damaged in Recent Storm
An early June storm in West Texas
damaged historic documents and books at
San Angelo's Fort Concho National Historic
Landmark. The documents, some of
which date back to the 1860s, were damaged
when a portion of the fort's roof was
blown off during the violent summer storm.
Staff reported that many of the documents
were wet, but still usable.
In addition to the documents, including
the Ragsdale and Veck collections of letters
and papers, a window in the fort's
headquarters that bore a signature and date
etched into the pane was destroyed.
Officials had no estimate onhow much of
the collection they will be able to salvage.
THF President John Meadows, center, is shown with the Deolece Parmelee Award winners (from left):
Kathleen Gilmore, Kay Hindes, Mark Wolf, and Grant Hall who located the Mission Santa Cruz de San Saba.
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