Heritage, Volume 9, Number 1, Winter 1991 Page: 26
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Texas Historical Foundation Board of Directors Holds
Annual Meeting and Annual Awards Dinner
The Texas Historical Foundation's
annual meeting and awards
dinner held in El Paso on October 27
and 28, 1990 was a celebration of
superior contributions made to the
preservation of our state's heritage.
The meeting was hosted by Michael
and Linda Weil. Board members and
award recipients participated in a day
long tour of the Alamo Canyon, and
more specifically, the endangered
site of historic and prehistoric rock
art. The journey was intense, enlightening,
educational, and even mystical-an
experience none could
The Presentation Awards Dinner
was held in the beautiful, historic
Westin Paso del Norte Hotel.
Speaker, Leon Metz,noted author,
historian, and television personality,
informed and entertained the board,
Texas Historical Foundation members,
and award recipients.
The awards were given in thanks on
behalf of the nearly 4,000 members of the
The Josiah Wheat Award of Merit,
named for the first president of the Texas
Historical Foundation, recognizes outstanding
achievement in historical preservation
from business and industry. The
Dodge-Jones Foundation of Abilene was
given the award for its leadership role in
many projects within the community,
including the complete restoration of the
Paramount Theater. In addition, with a
gift of over a million dollars, the Old
Grace Hotel was purchased and made
available to the museums of Abilene to
restore the old structure as a cultural
The Mary Moody Northen Award,
named for longtime member and benefactor
of the Texas Historical Foundation,
was awarded to the Crosby County
Alex Apostolides, curator of The Wilderness Park Museum in El Paso and
creator of the Edge of Texas radio series, translates the story told by
pictographs and petroglyphs at several Fort Hancock rock art sites in the Alamo Canyon.
Pioneer Memorial Museum and Community
Center at Crosbyton for outstanding
achievement in historical
preservation for a local non-profit
historical organization. The museum is
recognized as one of the best small
museums in the United States.
Ross Hunt, a fourth-generation San
Antonio stonemason, received the John
Ben Shepperd, Jr. craftsmanship award for
restoration work on the Alamo, the Steves
Homestead, and other San Antonio
The Deolece Parmelee award for
outstanding achievement in historical
preservation research was awarded to
Willard Robinson, interim dean of the
College of Architecture at Texas Tech
University in Lubbock. Over the past
thirty years Mr. Robinson has contributed
numerous articles on historic architecture,
conservation, and restoration to various
scholarly journals and professional
magazines across the country, as well as
to the Handbook of Texas.
The Mitchell Bend Cemetery Association
received a Citation of Merit
for the protection and recognition of a
Hood County cemetery near Granbury.
Members of the Association, together
with members of the Hood County
Historical Commission, cleaned and
refurbished the cemetery, and held a
dedication ceremony of a new historical
marker. Mrs. Vircenoy Macatee, an
officer of both groups, researched the
history of Mitchell Bend Cemetery for
four years, interviewing descendants of
Hood County pioneers buried in the
The Citizens National Bank of
Weatherford, oldest Texas bank west of
Dallas, received a Citation of Merit for
the restoration of the bank building
26 HERITAGE * WINTER 1991
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