Heritage, Volume 10, Number 1, Winter 1992 Page: 6
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THE PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE
By Elizabeth Susser
It is a pleasure to
be able to speak to
you quarterly from
this newly established
Board of Directors of
the Texas Historical
the support of each
of the 4,000 members
of this fine organization.
this new quarterly
column, I will attempt
members on the
and activities in
which the Texas
Historical Foundation is currently involved.
First, a little background on the Texas
Historical Foundation: THF was founded
in 1954; it is the only statewide organization
dedicated to private funding for the
preservation of historic Texas structures,
archives, photography, and archaeological
The statewide board of directors meets
on a quarterly basis, and we are always
looking for new board members. Please let
me know if you are interested or if you
know of someone who might like to serve.
1991 has been a busy year for THF, and
it began with a Board meeting in January at
the Attorney General's Office in Austin.
We were then privileged to hear architect
Alan McCree provide a detailed study of
the Capitol renovation plans. McCree was
careful to point out during our tour of the
building, the progress that had been made
toward retaining the historical integrity of
the Capitol and the changes that would
make the statehouse more functional in
At that same meeting, we also visited
the Moore-Hancock Farmstead at the invitation
of Mike and Karen Collins. It was
featured in the Spring 1991 issue of HERITAGE.
Dr. Jim Bruseth, deputy state director
of archaeological planning and review
for the Texas Historical Commission, reported
on the Texas Archaeological Soci
ety Field School
conducted on the
Sam Kaufman site
on the Red River.
The Texas His -
torical Founda -
tion helped fund
this project to
at the rapidly dis -
appearin g Caddo
collected. This fund is to be used for rural
~~The THF has partially funded include the Histober
held i n Abilene
and Albany; board
members in both of
those towns were
We visited the
Grace Cultural Center and the Paramount
Theatre i n Abilene. Lee an d Ann Rode
welcomed us to the historic village of Buffalo
Gap. Tours of Lambshead Ranch, in
Shackelford County, and the Old Jail Art
Center in Albany were also rewarding.
In the area of grants and funding, The
Jeanne R. Blocker Memorial Preservation
Fund has been graciously set up by John R.
Blocker from the auction of historic houses
and other items that Jeanne Blocker had
collected. This fund is to be used for rural
preservation. In 1991, the projects that
THF has partially funded include the Historic
Restoration of the Ysleta, Socorro,
and San Elizario Missions outside of El
Paso, and the Aztec Theatre renovation in
In other Foundation news, we are delighted
that Gene Krane has become the
editor of HERITAGE magazine; I urge all
THF members to call her with news and
projects that might be of interest to our
The Board of Directors of the Texas
Historical Foundation looks forward to
1992, which promises to be an important
year for continuing our preservation efforts.
May it be a great one, also, for communication
about the unique role and
function of the Texas Historical Foundation
to the people of Texas. Thank you for
your support of these efforts.
As it is presently written, my will
includes a bequest...for the Texas
Historical Foundation. Is there a list
of the various functions or projects
you...undertake which I could look
over and perhaps specify my bequest
go to a specific one?
I realize (that my contribution) is
not very much, but .. .I do want you all
to have something as a small expression
of my very great gratitude to
have been born a Texan...
Robert D. Harper
Thank you for the lovely book on
Texas museums. It is a wonderful addition
to my collection, and I will
enjoy referring to it often. The work of
the Texas Historical Foundation is a
vital part of the preservation of this
state's past and its unique culture. I am
glad to be a supporter of the
Foundation's good work.
(Editor's Note: The book on museums
was sent to all contributors of $100 or
more during the THF mid-year fundraising
6 HERITAGE * WINTER 1992
Join the "Adventure
Into Texas History"
Sponsored by the
Texas Historical Foundation
* Architecture of the Rio
* Historic Missions and Forts
of the Texas Hill Country
* Prehistoric Art of the
* Caddo Country Tour
See the tour article in this issue or
contact the THF office for information.
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