Heritage, Volume 10, Number 1, Winter 1992 Page: 17
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in Texas, and for inspiration to its citizens."
This year, the Board of Regents of the
University of Houston saw fit to present
Faith Bybee with an honorary Doctorate of
Humane Letters degree honoring her
achievements in historic preservation.
Other individuals in the preservation
field, too, are quick to recognize Faith
Bybee's contributions. When asked his
thoughts regarding Faith Bybee's role in
historic preservation, J.C. Martin, executive
director of the San Jacinto Museum of
History, said, "Mrs. Bybee has long been
one of the premier preservationists in the
United States, and we in Texas have been
especially fortunate to have such a great
Texan available to fulfill many leadership
positions in the preservation of Texas' history
and culture. Her tremendous knowledge,
understanding of, and devotion to
our material culture has resulted in countless
and matchless contributions to the
He continued, "Her work at Round Top
is one of the finest examples in the country
of how responsible individuals in the private
sector can make unique contributions
to the preservation and development of
Faith Bybee's sentiments regarding her
life's mission are much loftier in nature
than recognition or profit, and she again
turned to the teachings of her parents to
explain. She said, "My parents' statement
to me was that competition and recognition
for their own sake are not of much
importance, but making a contribution
to the future is important, even if your
contribution is small. My parents wanted
me to understand that everything around
me in the world, every good thing or item
Pictured above is the cat chimney, or chimney made of mud, recreated in the Schulmann I House, the earliest
structure at Henkel Square in Round Top.
that I enjoy today is the result of what
someone who came before me accomplished,
the result of effort expended in
If it is true that the only thing new in the
world is the history you haven't learned
yet, then Faith Bybee's contribution is an
exquisite gift. For she has given us a part of
David . Bebout is an attorney from Houston;
he is also a member of the Board of Directors of
the Texas Historical Foundation.
' C. Venable, American Furniture in the Bybee Collection
(Introduction by Jonathan L. Fairbanks)
p. xvi University of Texas Press, Austin (1989)
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