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Mallouf Leaves Office of
Robert J. Mallouf, state archaeologist
since 1982, has left that position with the
Texas Historical Commission to assume a
faculty position at Sul Ross State University
Mallouf, who joined the Office of the
State Archaeologist in 1970, has been a
field archaeologist, director of the Department
of Archaeological Surveys, and director
of Archaeological Surveys and Research
before becoming state archaeologist.
In his new position at Sul Ross, he will
teach and serve as director of the Center for
Big Bend Studies.
The newly appointed state archaeologist
is Pat Mercado-Allinger.
Maritime Art Exhibit
Premieres at Galveston's
Texas Seaport Museum
A special exhibit of maritime art featuring
the 1877 tall ship Elissa opened August
26 at Galveston's Texas Seaport Museum
on Pier 21. "Elissa, The Second Century:
Oils and Watercolors by Anthony
Blackman 1984-1985", will be on display
through February of 1996.
Blackman, a British maritime artist,
trained at the Royal College of Art in
London. The Royal Academy in London
has exhibited his works. Blackman has
visited Texas several times during the past
decade capturing a series of images of Elissa
under sail in the Gulf and making her way
through Galveston's harbor. The exhibit
also includes Blackman's portraits of members
of Elissa's volunteer crew.
After viewing the exhibit, visitors may
then board the iron barque Elissa, Texas'
Tall Ship, which is berthed adjacent to the
museum building and is open daily for selfguided
tours. Call (409) 763-1877.
THF Approves Grant for
West Texas Museum
After considering five proposals, the
Board of Directors of the Texas Historical
Foundation approved a preservation grant
for the Marfa Presidio County Museum at
its July meeting in Dallas. The grant monies
will be used to assist in the preservation
and cataloguing of the historically valuable
photo collection of Francis King Duncan,
who chronicled early West Texas ranches
The grant was funded from the Historic
Photography Fund, one of the preservation
grants that the Foundation administers.
Texas Independence Day
The 160th anniversary of the signing of
the Texas Declaration of Independence in
1836 will be celebrated on Saturday and
Sunday, March 2 and 3,1996, at Washington-on-the-Brazos
State Historical Park in
Washington. The public is invited to attend
the festivities, which honor the work
of the 59 men who met in an unfinished
building on a cold March day to decide the
fate of a nation.
Participants at the celebration will be
able to join in a variety of activities. Visit
Dr. Anson Jones in his "Barrington" home
and discuss Texas politics. Join the Texas
Army and other historical groups for demonstrations
of military skills and equipment.
Experience the traditional music of
the period being performed while artisans
demonstrate traditional crafts. Join in period
games suitable for the young and young
On Sunday, March 3, United States
Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison is scheduled
to speak during the commemoration
ceremony that will conclude with the cutting
and sharing of a "Texas-size" birthday
Highlighting the Texas Independence
Day Celebration will be the opening of a
new exhibit at the Star of the Republic
Museum pertaining to the Mexican War.
For more information on the two-day celebration
or the exhibit, call (409) 8782214.
How-To Heritage Programs
Scheduled in Austin
The Jourdan-Bachman Pioneer Farm in
Austin has planned several fall heritage
programs designed to preserve and portray
the agrarian lifestyles on the Blackland
Prairie of Central Texas in the 1880s.
During November and December the
non-profit organization will offer classes on
preparing Central Texas German food favorites,
making traditional holiday decorations,
and cooking Southern specialties on
a wood stove.
For more information or to register for
any of the programs, contact the Pioneer
Farm at (512) 837-4503.
Restored Texas State
Capitol Receives National
Recognition and Award
From a firetrap with crumbling walls to
one of the nation's grandest state capitols,
the meticulously restored Texas State Capitol
building stands proud again and geared
to serve the state for the next century. For
its attention to detail and innovativeness
in meeting greatly expanded space needs
along with modern upgrades, the State
Preservation Board of Texas received the
1995 National Preservation Honor Award
from the National Trust for Historic Preservation,
during the National Preservation
Conference held in Fort Worth, October
The nearly five-year transformation of
the Capitol included a top-to-bottom exterior
and interior restoration, and a 65,000square
foot and four stories deep underground
addition. While the State paid for
most of the $187 million dollar project, $4
million was also raised through a Capitol
Fund Drive to support educational programming
and the recreation of the "Historically
Significant Spaces", as identified
in the restoration master plan.
The project also received a 1995 Preservation
Award from the Texas Historical
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