Heritage, Volume 13, Number 4, Fall 1995 Page: 23
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Texas Historical Foundation Establishes Trust for
A trust for funds to collect and preserve
items of significance to the legal
history of the Republic and State of Texas
has been established by the Texas Historical
Foundation. According to Foundation
President John B. Meadows, an
Austin attorney, the Texas Legal History
Preservation Trust was established
at a meeting of the Foundation's Board of
Directors in July in Dallas.
Meadows said important books,
documents, maps, and other material
important to Texas legal history are
being lost to the state almost daily because
of the nationwide popularity of
this "Texana" material for public and
private collections. Meadows said one
purpose of the Trust will be to preserve
and possibly copy this material in order
to make it available to historians and
the public now, as well as to future
Most Texas court decisions in the last
century are not available in commercial
computer data bases, Meadows said, and
one project the Trust may consider will
involve converting old books to a digiTraditions
of Rural People
Examined at 1996 Event
The agrarian south meets the wild west
in Houston when the 1996 Association for
Living Historical Farms and Agricultural
Museums convention convenes to examine
the changing nature of "the frontier".
The ALHFAM exists to foster an exchange
between an international membership
about the history, technology, and
social and cultural impact of rural people
and their traditions.
Sessions planned for the 1996 event,
scheduled for May 19-May 25 at the University
of Houston, include: Agriculture
Around Houston: Farms & Fields, Sugar
Refineries,Cotton Gins, Rice Dryers; Frontiers:
Ethnicity and Freedom; and Farming
and Ranching Frontiers: Geography and
During intense tutorials on Saturday,
May 18, attendees can participate in an
Interpreter's Boot Camp at Winedale Historical
Center and another on the Cowboy's
Experience at George Ranch Historical
Park. Early registration for these events is
suggested as space is limited.
tized format. Doing so would permit research
into nonlegal historical areas, such
as genealogical information, historical
events, and customs that are not now practical
without the use of computers.
Contributions to the Trust may be made
by anyone interested in historical preservation
generally or even specific aspects of
Texas legal history, including people,
events, or documents. According to Meadows,
contributions of $10,000 or more will
be named for the contributor and used for
Trust purposes designated by the contributor.
The first contribution establishing a
"name" fund of the trust was made at the
For more information regarding the annual
conference, call Debra A. Reid at
Two Texas Historical
Among Largest U.S.
Historical societies in Galveston and
San Antonio were rated among the top
three local preservation groups in the
The Galveston Historical Foundation
has the second largest membership among
locally-based historic preservation organizations
in the United States, according to
figures compiled by GHF's membership
department. The report is based on recently-released
data from the National
Trust for Historic Preservation's information
series. The Trust's 1995 Directory of
Staffed Local Preservation Organizations
includes the number of members, number
of paid staff, and annual budgets for almost
200 groups across the country.
With 4,000 members, GHF is the second
largest local preservation organization
State's Legal History
Foundation's Board meeting by a $5,000
contribution from the Dallas office of
McKenna & Cuneo, an international
law firm. According to Marshal J. Doke
Jr., the senior partner in the Dallas office
of McKenna & Cuneo, the law firm was
making this contribution to reflect its
Texas "citizenship" and help preserve
information important to Texas culture
and traditions. Doke said the firm hoped
its contribution will prompt other major
law firms and individuals in Texas to
make similar contributions to prevent
the loss of material that is important to
Texas' unique and rich history.
President Meadows said contributors
of $ 1,000 or more would serve on a Board
of Advisors to the Trustees to make recommendations
for priorities and expenditures
of the Trust.
Any individual, law firm, or other
corporation desiring to contribute to the
Historical Foundation's Texas Legal History
Preservation Trust should contact
Julie Klump, executive director of THF,
at (512) 453-2154 or at P.O Box 50314,
Austin, TX 78763.
in the country. Only the 5,000-member
Los Angeles Conservancy is larger. The
San Antonio Conservation Society ranked
third with 2,900 members.
The Galveston Historical Foundation
is also the oldest organization listed in the
directory. Founded in 1871, GHF celebrates
its 125th anniversary in 1996.
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