Heritage, Volume 10, Number 3, Summer 1992 Page: 4
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FROM THE EDITOR
I had the pleasure recently to meet
F. Lee Lawrence of Tyler, one of those
truly nice guys, and an individual who
has played an important role in helping
preserve Texas heritage. He is a past
president of the Texas Historical Association
and a past president and longtime
board member of the Texas Historical
Foundation. Lee and I visited
for an hour or so, and he provided me
with much information and background
regarding the formation and history of
the Association and the Foundation.
He also told me a bit about his own
family and their long and rich history.
Lee is the great-great-grandson of
James and Susannah Cunningham who came to the Republic of
Texas in 1839-40. They settled eventually in what is now Comanche
County on a beautiful piece of land that Lawrence and his
wife Ann now own and have carefully preserved. (See HERITAGE,
Fall 1990, "The Celebration and Preservation of the
Cunningham Legacy.") The story of the Cunninghams and the
family reunions that they still have annually was fascinating. Now,
it seems that the history of the Cunningham family has become
part of the history of the Texas Historical Foundation. This spring
when Austin attorney John Meadows assumed the presidency of
the Foundation, he became the third descendant of James and
Susannah Cunningham to lead the affairs of the Texas Historical
Foundation. John follows proudly in the footsteps of Cunningham
descendants Lee Lawrence (THF president in 1967) and Fred H.
Moore (president of the Foundation in 1969). Without a doubt,
the legacy of the Cunninghams is alive and strong - more than
150 years after the time that they set foot in Texas.
With every issue of HERITAGE magazine
that I edit, I find myself learning more and
more about the meaningful historical preservation
projects and activities that individuals
and organizations all across the state are undertaking.
This issue was no different. I had a
chance to visit with Conover Hunt who directed
the work of The Sixth Floor Exhibit in
Dallas, which examines the assassination of
President John F. Kennedy. Almost 30 years
later, that event remains as newsworthy and
controversial as it was in 1963. Julie Napier
writes this quarter about the incredible transformation
of the Grace Cultural Center in
Abilene, work that took nearly six years to
complete. Finally, archaeologists Dan Utley
and David Robinson lead readers on their incredible search to solve
the mystery of the brick slag that was discovered while investigating
a site in Austin County. I know that you will enjoy as much as
I did reading about the work of these modern-day historians.
Additionally, I want to thank Bonnie McKee, John Peterson,
R.B. Brown, Linda Moreland, Julie Klump, the Dallas County
Historical Foundation, Bob Staples, Steve Butman, the Abilene
Reporter-News, and the Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum for
their contributions to this issue of HERITAGE magazine.
F more information on Board service, please call (512) 4532154.
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