Heritage, Volume 12, Number 4, Fall 1994 Page: 23
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Two New Museums Set
To Open Soon in Texas
If their fundraising efforts are successful,
two new museums have ambitious plans to
open their doors soon.
According to Executive Director Charles
Chitwood, the Texas Heritage Archives
and Library in Jefferson will house a $4
million collection of rare books, historic
maps, and records of early banking history
in the 1865 Haywood House Hotel, located
in the city's downtown historic district.
Though final plans are still incomplete,
another new institution, the Holocaust
Museum is scheduled to open in Houston's
Museum District in late spring of 1995.
Museum officials announced that they
have secured the expertise of Ralph,
Appelbaum, the critically acclaimed designer
of the permanent exhibit space at
the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in
Washington, D.C. The Houston museum
will become one of the nation's largest
institutions of its kind.
Texas Independence Day
On Saturday and Sunday, March 4 and
5, 1995, the Washington-on-the Brazos
State Historical Park will commemorate
the 159th anniversary of the signing of the
Texas Declaration of Independence in
1836. This year also marks the sesquicentennial
of the annexation of Texas by the
A variety of activities that will emphasize
Republic folkways, presented through
music, demonstrations, and crafts are
planned. The public will have the opportunity
to meet notable figures from the
Republic of Texas, brought to life by the
Texana Living History Association.
Highlighting the Texas Independence
Day Celebration will be the opening on
March 5 of a travelling exhibit in the
Showers-Brown Exhibit Hall of the Star of
the Republic Museum. "Moving the Fire:
The Removal of the Indian Nations to
Oklahoma" presents the struggle of Native
Americans to retain their heritage follow
ing removal from their native lands and
midst the intrusion of white civilization.
For additional information, call the
museum at (409) 878-2461.
Grant Money Available
The National Institute for the Conservation
of Cultural Property (NIC) announced
recently the availability of grants
for the Conservation Assessment Program,
which provides funds to assess a museum's
collections, environmental conditions, and
where appropriate, historic structures.
The deadline for application is December
2; the CAP program is first-come, first
served. For information, write the NIC,
3299 K St. NW, Suite 602, Washington,
D.C. 20007 or call (202) 625-1495.
Texas Revolutionary Hero
Ben Milam Will Be Buried
for the Third Time
Texas hero Colonel Benjamin Rush
Milam fell on December 7, 1935, while
leading the siege of Bexar at the beginning
of the Texas Revolution.
In 1848, he was exhumed and buried
with Masonic honors in the San Antonio
cemetery that is now Milam Park. In 1897,
a marker was erected by the Daughters of the
Republic of Texas. In 1938, the Ben Milam
statue was unveiled near the grave site.
In 1978, during the Bicentennial
renovations, the granite marker was moved
to another part of the park and the exact
location of the grave was virtually forgotten.
In 1993, during extensive park renovations,
archaeologists uncovered the grave
of Ben Milam.
On Sunday, March 5, 1995, at 2:30 p.m.
in Milam Park in San Antonio, Ben Milam
will be reinterred for the third time. During
the ceremony, the Daughters of the Republic
of Texas will dedicate a DRT grave marker
for veterans of the Texas Revolution.
The reinterment will be sponsored by
the Alamo Masonic Lodge and the Sons of
the Republic of Texas, with assistance from
the local chapter of the DRT. The San
Antonio Conservation Society, Milam descendants,
and the History Committee of
the Friends of Milam Park will also be
Dallas Historic Buildings
Added to Endangered List
Fair Parks' Texas Centennial Buildings,
which are among the country's finest examples
of Art Deco architecture, have been
named by the National Trust for Historic
Preservation to the 1994 list of "America's
11 Most Endangered Historic Places."
Built for the Texas Centennial celebration
in 1936, the buildings have collapsing
roofs, buckling walls, and flaking murals.
Foundation Awards Three
The Board of Directors of the Texas
Historical Foundation awarded three preservation
grants, all in the field of archaeology,
during the July meeting in Austin.
The Texas Archaeological Research
Laboratory at the University of Texas at
Austin received money to be used for the
compilation of data collected at the 1990
field school held in Utopia.
The Texas Archaeological Society will
use its grant to prepare research on the
archaeological investigations undertaken
at the Lake Jackson Plantation in Brazoria
The third grant was awarded to the
Center for Archaeological Research at the
University of Texas at San Antonio to
develop its Legacy educational program.
In its ongoing efforts to support projects
and activities in education, research, archaeology,
and the preservation of Texas
history and heritage, THF acts as administrator
of several grants.
Applications are available from the THF
office in Austin, and applicants are advised
that smaller requests are in order at the
present time. Those groups awarded grants
will be expected to provide a full accounting
of the use of the money for which they
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