Heritage, Volume 11, Number 4, Fall 1993 Page: 4
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THE PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE
By John B. Meadows
One often thinks of history in terms of
learning from mistakes, errors, or over- l?
sights of the past. This can undoubtedly be
beneficial, and such an examination certainly
helps to avoid future problems, however,
another more significant and often
overlooked advantage of the study of history
A journey through historical tales will
be of much greater good if we look to and
learn from, not the mistakes, but the
achievements and positive aspects that
exist. There is much to be gained if more of
us follow the lead and seek to emulate those
who made significant achievements.
Looking for the principles and the accomplishments
rather than retreating to dwell
on the errors will only encourage advancement.
Many Texans have offered this positive lead, and in so doing,
brought acclaim, respect, and honor to our state. Sam Houston, the
great leader of the Texas Revolution and the first president of the
Republic of Texas, and Stephen F. Austin, a colonizer and the
"Father of Texas," were both born in 1793. The 200th anniversary
of their births is a time for celebration and for reflection upon their
momentous accomplishments that have enabled Texas to be
Another great Texan who should be part of our remembrance
is Governor John Connally, who recently passed from the ranks of
the living, only to remain in our thoughts in the future. Much is to
be gained by the examination, recognition, and appreciation of
such statesmen. Texas is the past Republic, the "Lone Star State,"
and the people and events prominent in its history provide inspiration
to us all.
In support of the preservation of our great Texas history, the
Texas Historical Foundation Board of Directors
has recently approved grants for
assisting in the acquisition of the historic
Mustang Springs archaeological site near
Midland. Another recent grant was made
to the Atascosa County Historical Commission
to help fund a project to document
the historical sites in that county. These
grants are dollars that you have donated
to the Foundation that are now at work
preserving the rich Texas heritage.
In other Foundation news, the THF
Board recently held its October meeting in
Lubbock where we experienced warm West
Texas hospitality, shown in Lubbock and
the surrounding area. In addition to the
business meeting, our memorable excursion
took us to the Ranching Heritage
Center on the grounds of Texas Tech University, to the Pioneer
Memorial Museum in Crosbyton, and to the Ralls Historical
Museum. We concluded our visits with an interesting tour of the
Lubbock Lake Archaeological Site (highlighted in the Spring
1993 issue of HERITAGE), which was celebrating its third year
of public access.
I am most happy to report that the Foundation's Annual
Membership and Board meeting has been scheduled for April 2830,
1994, in San Angelo. For the first time in several years, it will
be held in conjunction with the annual meeting of the Texas
Historical Commission. The board is pleased that this will occur,
and we would like to invite as many members and supporters of the
Texas Historical Foundation as possible to plan and join us and
participate. Watch this magazine for more details regarding this
I thank you again for the esteemed privilege to serve you, and
God Bless Texas.
4 HERITAGE * FALL 1993
THE TEXAS HISTORICAL FOUNDATION
A non-profit organization devoted to historic preservation requests applications and nominations for
There are currently openings on the Board of Directors of the Texas Historical Foundation. The Board is seeking to recruit
new members who will reflect the full range of historical, preservation, and archaeological interests that the Foundation
has traditionally supported. It is also important that the Board represent the different geographical areas of the state. At
present we are seeking to increase representation from South Texas and the Panhandle, and we encourage applications from
those areas. Send cover letter and curriculum vita to:
John B. Meadows *Texas Historical Foundation * Box 50314, Austin, TX 78763
For more information on Board service, please call (512) 453-2154.
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