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THF Awards Two Grants
The Texas Historical Foundation, at it
spring board meeting in San Angelo,
awarded two historical preservation grants.
The Whitehead Memorial Museum in
Del Rio received funds to help renovate a
second floor area of the old Perry Store
building, for display of historical furniture.
Marshall Deport, Inc., was awarded a
grant for renovation of the historic Marshall
Deport passenger tunnel, which was
constructed in 1939 to route passengers
under the east-west main tracks.
In its efforts to support projects and
activities preserving Texas heritage, the
Foundation acts as administrator of several
grants. Those interested in obtaining a
preservation grant application, should
contact THF at (512) 453-2154.
Sam Houston Center Opens
Oil History Exhibit
A new exhibit, "Captain George Washington
O'Brien and the History of the Gladys
City Company at Spindletop", opened in
February at the Sam Houston Regional Library
and Research Center in Liberty. The
display, which explores a vital chapter in
the history of the Southeast Texas oil industry
will run through December 31.
The exhibit features original photographs,
documents, artifacts, and maps that
document the historic role of Captain
George Washington O'Brien and the
Gladys City Company in the discovery of
the Spindletop oil field, the benchmark of
the modern petroleum age.
The Sam Houston Center is located
three miles north of Liberty on FM 1011,
off of State Highway 146. It is open Monday
through Friday, 8 a.m. -5 p.m. and on
Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more
information, phone (409) 336-8821.
Three Texas History Books
Win Statewide Recognition
Three outstanding Texas history books
have been selected as winners of the 1993
T.R. Fehrenbach Book Award, sponsored
by the Texas Historical Commission and
The Dow Chemical Company.
* "The World of the Mexican Worker
in Texas" by Emilio Zamora of Houston,
published by Texas A&M University Press,
College Station. Dr. Zamora is an associate
professor of history at the University of
* "Freedom on the Border: The Seminole
Maroons in Florida, the Indian Territory,
Coahuila, and Texas" by Kevin
Ann McDonald of Lubbock, right, representing the Texas Historical Foundation, presents a check to Dr. Grant
D. Hall of Texas Tech University to help fund a project seeking to locate the site of Mission Santa Cruz de
San Saba. The team of archaeologists has recently uncovered evidence that may mark the mission site near
Menard. (See story on page 12.) Photograph courtesy of Texas Tech University.
Mulroy of La Crescenta Center, California,
published by Texas Tech University
Press, Lubbock. Dr. Mulroy currently serves
as director of the Research Center for the
Gene Autry Western Heritage Museum.
* "Bad Hand: A Biography of General
Ranald S. Mackenzie" by Charles M.
Robinson III of San Benito, published by
State House Press, Austin. Robinson is a
freelance writer, photographer, and consultant.
The awards program, named for THC
member and author T.R. Fehrenbach of
San Antonio, honors original research and
promotes publication of material that
records and recountsthe history of Texas.
This year, 41 books were nominated for the
Archaeological Field School
Set For June 11-18
The Texas Archeological Society will
hold its annual field school at the Lake
Jackson State Archaeolgical Landmark on
The Lake Jackson Plantation was designated
a state archaeological landmark by
the Texas Historical Commission and was
the site of one of the largest plantations in
Texas before the Civil War.
The TAS Field School is the largest of
its kind in the nation and provides an
opportunity for hands-on experience in
many aspects of the archaeological process.
For more information, contact the TAS,
Center for Archaeological Research, University
of Texas at San Antonio, San Antonio,
LBJ Phone Conversations On
JFK Assassination Released
On April 15, the Lyndon Baines Johnson
Library in Austin opened the final
collection of recordings of President
Johnson's telephone conversations concerning
the assassination of President John
These include conversations recorded
in December 1963 and selected conversations
from four periods in the Johnson administration
when the President was likely
to have discussed the JFK assassination.
Researchers may either listen to the
recordings in the Reading Room or purchase
copies. Prior arrangements should be
made with the Reading Room archivist or
Tina Houston, supervisory archivist, at
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