Heritage, Volume 13, Number 3, Summer 1995 Page: 4
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THE PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE
By John B. Meadows
In pursuit of family history, I recently
learned through the help of my brother
that our great, great grandfather Alfurs M.
Meadows was a veteran of the Mexican
He had enlisted in Marshall County,
Tennessee, serving with the First Tennessee
Regiment, "The Bloody First" and
fought at Monterey and Vera Cruz among
other places. I am always surprised by the
vast amount of history to be learned from
pursuit of information about one's own
This information was discovered by my
brother following a visit to the Texas State
Archives. The citizens of Texas have a real
treasure in the State Archives. The Archives
and the Barker Research Center at
the University of Texas in Austin should
be regular stops for those of us who simply
cannot absorb too much history. Another avenue for those interested
in honoring family members who have served in the Mexican
War is to contact the Descendants of Mexican War Veterans, P.O.
Box 830482, Richardson, Texas 75083-0482. The organization,
founded in 1989, publishes a periodical called the "Mexican War
Our summer issue of HERITAGE features two articles on the
preservation of Texas architecture. Texas Historical Foundation
board member, Shirley Caldwell, writes about the restoration of
the Aztec Theater in Albany, a project that the Texas Historical
Foundation supported through a rural preservation grant four
years ago. The article highlights the united efforts of this proud
community to raise funds and restore the interior and exterior of
this splendid structure. Albany, now and for generations to come,
will have a local gathering place that will serve a multitude of
Our second article is by historical consultant Dan Utley and
Doris Curl. This story chronicles the moving
and restoration of the Old Grace Episcopal
Church in Georgetown. The City of
Georgetown moved the chapel to downtown
Founders' Park and is restoring the
structure to its past grandeur. Once complete,
it will serve the community as the
Grace Heritage Center. We also have included
information from the Texas Historical
Commission relative to historical
structures and the effect of their relocation.
We are also highlighting in this issue
the winning photographs from the Texas
Historical Foundation's first annual Photograph
Texas competition. The response
exceeded our expectations and the quality
of the submissions is readily apparent from
our winners. This issue also initiates what
we are calling "Texas Scrapbook", which
features historical photographs from the archives of various museums
or research centers in Texas. This month's contribution is from
the Crosby County Pioneer Memorial Museum in Crosbyton.
In closing, I would like to congratulate two long-term members
of the Texas Historical Foundation Board of Directors who were
selected by Governor Bush to serve on the Texas Historical
Commission. F. Lee Lawrence of Tyler, a former president of the
Foundation and a former member of the Texas Historical Survey
Committee, as well as our friend Shirley Caldwell of Albany will
join another of our board members, Rose Trevifio, who is presently
serving on the Commission. Governor Bush is to be commended
for these and other recent appointments to the Texas Historical
Your generous response to our ongoing fundraising efforts is
much appreciated and with your help we will continue to preserve
our great Texas heritage.
God Bless Texas.
4 HERITAGE * SUMMER 1995
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