Heritage, Volume 13, Number 4, Fall 1995 Page: 4
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THE PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE
By John B. Meadows
"The final act in this great drama is now
performed: the Republic of Texas is no more."
Anson Jones, the last president of the Republic
of Texas, when speaking these words
must have understood fully the significance
of the annexation of Texas into the Union.
Texas was the "Lone Star" among the other
states. I believe strongly that there has not
been nor will there ever be a state that has
contributed more to this country.
The Texas Historical Foundation is most
pleased to devote this issue of HERITAGE
magazine to the celebration of the 150th
anniversary of Texas statehood. We are
indeed honored to include articles in this
issue from noted and knowledgeable historians
Archie McDonald, Steven Butler,
and Paul Lack. The articles by these scholars
will help us understand Texas prior to
annexation, Texas as a state, and Texas'
rapid involvement in the war between the United States and
The Foundation's long-time friend and former president Lee
Lawrence of Tyler has mentioned to me time and again that there
are few gifted story tellers and historians who match the caliber of
Archie McDonald, professor of history at Stephen F. Austin
University in Nacogdoches. We are indeed honored to include
Professor McDonald's article on Texas statehood, and we know
that readers will appreciate his insights into the essential role that
Texas played in the western expansion of the United States.
To set the stage, Paul Lack, history professor at McMurry
University in Abilene, writes about paving the way for annexation
as Texas, having experienced the hardships and rewards of a
successful revolution, pondered statehood.
Steven Butler, president of the Descendants of Mexican War
Veterans and editor of the prestigious "Mexican War Journal", is a
noted authority and author on the Mexican War. His article on
General Zachary Taylor's Army of Occupation
at Corpus Christi shares some of his
valuable research about this important
event in Texas history.
This issue of HERITAGE also includes
photographs and references from the current
"Sesquicentennial of Statehood" exhibit
at the Texas Capitol Complex Visitors
Center at 112 East Eleventh Street in
Austin. This exhibit includes many fine
examples of memorabilia and artifacts celebrating
150 years of Texas statehood. If
you are in Austin, make sure to take time
to view this fine display, which remains
open until December30 of this year. While
you are in Austin, I invite you to see
firsthand our beautiful state treasure, the
restored State Capitol, which is truly inspiring.
One cannot keep from feeling the
pride and admiration for those persons,
past and present, who provided and preserved such a monument to
Texas heritage; without a doubt, those who were involved in the
exquisite restoration are to be commended.
Before closing, I think it is appropriate in this Texas statehood
issue to give credit to several organizations that work to promote
Texas heritage and honor our ancestors. The Daughters of the
Republic of Texas, at 510 East Anderson Lane, in Austin (78752),
and the Sons of the Republic of Texas at 5942 Abrams Road, Suite
222 in Dallas (75231) are committed to the recognition of those who
fought the battles, experienced the hardships, and shared the glory
under the Republic of Texas. Those interested in the "Mexican War
Journal" or in the organization that publishes this scholarly research
publication, the Descendants of Mexican War Veterans, can write
that group at P.O. Box 830482, Richardson, Texas 75083-0482.
The Texas Historical Foundation Board of Directors thanks you
for your ongoing support of this organization.
God Bless Texas.
4 HERITAGE *FALL 1995
THE TEXAS HITORAFUND
A non-profit organize to his p ts applications and nominations for
There are curently openings on the Boad of Director of Tex ration. he Board is seeking to recruit new
members who will rct e ofhistorl, preogical interests that the Foundation has traditionally
supported. It is also important that the Board reprdif ntgeograp areas of the state. At present we are seeking to
increase representation from th as and P pplcaions from those areas. Send cover letter and
curriculum vita to:
John B. Meadows *Texas Historicl F* Box 50314 Aus, Txas 78763
For more info i on Board service, call (512) 453-2154 or by e.mail at THF@ccwfcc.utexas.edu
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