Heritage, Volume 10, Number 4, Fall 1992 Page: 4
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THE PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE
By John B. Meadows
We as Texans all share the significant
responsibility to recognize, preserve, and to
promote those people, places, and things
that have contributed to this state's greatness.
We face adversity from the least expected.
The Texas Department of Parks and Wildlife,
which has the obligation to manage and
preserve many of the state's historical sites,
such as Fort Lancaster, Fort Parker, the Confederate
Reunion Grounds, and Eisenhower's
birthplace, has proposed closing these and
other speciified historical parks on Decem- i
ber 1, 1992, in a veiled attempt to save
nominal sums. This comes at the same time
the Department seeks increases in higher
management salaries. A
The Texas Legislature that met in 1991
appropriated full funding for the continued operation of all existing
parks. The Parks Department has continued to propose, plan, and
implement new recreational parks at the apparent expense of our
At a public hearing on August 26 of this year many state senators
and representatives unanimously urged the Parks Commission to
defer any decision on parks closing until the state legislature
reconvenes this January, at which time they could for themselves
decide the issue. Notwithstanding the pleas of those elected
officials and hundreds of concerned citizens, the Parks Board voted
to leave these historical sites on track to close on December 1.
There is no proposed funding after November. We as concerned
and responsible Texans cannot stand idly by and permit this loss
from occurring. Once a historical site is closed, the likelihood of
future reactivation is quite slim. The message communicated to our
youth, our citizens, and our neighbors is
that Texas does not respect its history
sufficiently to maintain and preserve the
existing treasures from the past that once
gone will remain only as memories. Rise
to the cause and write the governor, lieutenant
governor, your senator, representatives,
and the Parks commissioners and
make your voice heard before it is too
On to other matters, the Texas Historical
Foundation Board of Directors at
their July meeting approved the
Foundation's issuance of proclamations
to honor, recognize, or commemorate
people (families), places, or things that
have made worthy contributions to the
mosaic of Texas history. The purpose is
twofold: One, to give recognition to those people or places that
have played a significant role in Texas history but that might have,
for one reason or another, not received adequate recognition in the
past. We want to make the citizens around the state aware of Texas'
history, and in the process foster pride and appreciation. Our
second goal is to gain through appropriate media coverage, statewide
name identification for the Texas Historical Foundation in
hopes of increasing several fold our membership and resource base.
This should enable our Foundation to be a more vital force in
preserving and recognizing Texas' rich past. In order to make this
program successful, though, we need your suggestions for worthy
recipients for our proclamations. Please assist us in this project to
help honor the deserving and to make more citizens aware of our
great history and all that played a part in making Texas the Lone
For more information on Board service, please call (512) 453-2154.
Public Service For Texas Heritage
THE TEXAS HISTORICAL FOUNDATION
A non-profit organization devoted to historic preservation requests applications and nominations for
There are currently a few 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 West Texas and encourage applications from that area. Please send cover letter and curriculum vita to:
John B. Meadows, President
Texas Historical Foundation
P.O. Box 50314, Austin, Texas 78763
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