Heritage, Volume 10, Number 1, Winter 1992 Page: 33
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THF Board of Directors Meet in October
Foundation Board Members
From Abilene/Albany Host
The Texas Historical Foundation board
members from the Abilene and Albany
area played host to the THF Board of
Directors during the organization's quarterly
meeting held October 18 and 19,
1991. More than 20 members gathered to
learn about the area's rich history and discuss
the upcoming programs and activities
of the Foundation.
Early arrivals for the meeting were
treated to a Friday afternoon tour of
Abilene's Paramount Theatre and Grace
Cultural Center, both of which are currently
undergoing extensive renovation and restoration.
That evening the THF Board was
greeted by fellow board members Ann and
Lee Rode at Buffalo Gap, a historic village
on the outskirts of Abilene that they have
restored. During a short introduction, Dr.
Rode told the audience that he and his wife
purchased, researched, and restored old
buildings in the area that were about to be
sold or demolished. The buildings were
moved to the historic village, which today
includes a jail house, a gas station, a
doctor's office, a barber shop, and a railroad
Joining board members for an outdoor
barbecue dinner at Buffalo Gap were local
members of the Texas Historical Foundation,
the Abilene Preservation League, and
members of the Taylor County Historical
Commission. Following the dinner, Wyman
Meinzer, of Benjamin, gave a slide presentation
and talk on preserving and documenting
vanishing rock art, a project in
which he is currently involved.
A review of bylaws, budgetary matters,
and guidelines for grants and funds were on
the agenda for the Saturday morning Board
of Directors meeting. Following the fourhour
meeting, members departed for
Lambshead Ranch located between Albany
and Throckmorton. These 42,000
acres were established as Lambshead in
1886 by John Alexander Matthews, and it
remains today in the hands of Matthews'
descendants. Members had the pleasure of
meeting the legendary Watt Matthews
while touring the ranch.
The historic past of the
Lambshead Ranch is
made vivid by three restored
houses of the 18561876
era, which board
members were able to
members had the opportunity
to enjoy a tour of
the Old Jail Art Center
in Albany. The Center
is partly housed in the
first permanent jail built
in Shackelford County.
The major portion of the
Old Jail now houses an
collection of art. Foundation
board members Clifton and Shirley
Caldwell hosted a dinner for the board
later that evening at their home in Albany.
Interested members were also invited to
participate Sunday as archaeologists from
the Texas Historical Commission conducted
a dig at Fort Davis, in the Abilene
area. Their archaeological efforts were
directed at locating a fort where families in
the area gathered during the Civil War for
protection from the Indians while their
soldiers were away.
Above: THF board members (from right) David
Bebout, Clifton Caldwell, and John Meadows greet
Watt Matthews. Below: Members of the Board of
Directors of the Texas Historical Foundation were
joined by members of other area preservation
societies during their quarterly meeting in Abilene
in October. Members of the groups are shown as
they gathered at Buffalo Gap to hear a presentation
on preserving vanishing rock art. Photographs by
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