Heritage, Volume 9, Number 1, Winter 1991 Page: 4
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H eraclitus, Greek philosopher,
wrote, "There is nothing permanent
except change." Change is
inevitable, but the great question facing
each of us is whether we will channel that
change in the directions we want to go.
The Texas Historical Foundation is
certainly not immune to this continuing
process called change. Let me bring you up
First of all, the Foundation has a new
executive director. Jackie Browning
Stocker comes to the Foundation with a
background rich in the skills, qualities, and
strengths needed to support this organization
in its goals and vision for the preservation
of our Texas heritage. She will tell
you more about herself and her plans for
working with the Foundation in the Spring
issue of HERITAGE.
About HERITAGE magazine. I have
been editing the magazine for a year and a
half now, and it is one of my greatest
pleasures in life. Long before I joined the
staff, the Foundation's goal for the
magazine was to keep getting better with
each issue. We endeavor to keep that
promise. But getting better also means
change. Not a change in vision. Not a
change in tone. Not a change in quality.
Not a change in substance. Not a change in
voice. Perhaps the change could best be
described as a change in reach.
Since the winter of 1983-when the
first issue of HERITAGE was printed and
distributed to members of the Texas
Historical Foundation-we've tried to
bring you the experience of historic
preservation that has been the mission of
the Foundation since its beginning in
1954; to let you know what is happening
around the state; and to laud the vision
and the valuable contributions made in
preservation from the smallest to the
The magazine too is a preservation
effort. It doesn't preserve Indian rock art as
you'll read about on page 8; it doesn't
preserve historic buildings on Route 66,
see page 12; nor does it preserve and create
an entire Heritage Village Museum, as you
will read in the article on page 18 of this
issue. However, our goal at the magazine is
to encourage preservation; to provide an
overview of what is happening in the state;
and to focus in on the special projects that
are underway. Quite a tall order, you might
We are living in the information age
and information is powerful. That is where
we come in, and that is where we hope you
will come in-with greater force-in the
future. Some of you may ask, "What more
can I do? I'm already a member of the
Foundation." Let me explain.
Our staff is small, but you are many.
HERITAGE does not have a staff large
enough to send reporters to the far reaches
of this huge state in search of preservation
stories. We need all of you out there-our
readers-to be our scouts, to send us leads
so that we might better do our job of getting
the word out. With you-our
readers-as eyes and ears and voices, we
truly can begin to cover a greater range.
Who better knows the preservation efforts
that are being made in your area of the state
We want to begin this greater coverage
of preservation projects with a special page
highlighting a museum in each issue. May
we count on your input? Simply write a
brief note to:
P.O. Box 530056
Austin, Texas 78753
Or you can call me at (512)345-2240.
We will follow up on your lead and
contact the museum for a story.
We've worked very hard to fill a gap;
provide information; and fulfill a need in
the field of preservation. Continue to let us
know how we're doing; if we are bringing
you what you want to know, to experience,
to learn; and what more we can do to bring
the treasured past into your present
As ever, I was delighted by the Fall issue
of HERITAGE and surprised to find the
interesting article on our uncle's (Eugene
Cunningham) ancestors-James and
Susannah Cunningham. I had heard a
great deal about this family from my
Comanche relatives, but to be able to read
the wonderful anecdotes regarding "Aunt
Susie" along with the lovely historic
photos accompanying the article was a
special treat. Once again, you have
managed to provide illumination on a
subject in which I have a personal interest.
I would like to purchase a copy of this
Fall 1990 issue for our aunt and uncle. I
love your publication and look forward to
received the Fall back issue and the next
issue. They are always fascinating in some
Fort Worth, Texas
I'm proud to be a Lifetime Member of
the Texas Historical Foundation. How can
I obtain a complete set of HERITAGE?
I've read the four issues (Fall '88, Summer
'89, Fall '89, and Spring '90) that you sent
me and I'm very impressed. It's a marvelous
magazine. Looking forward to hearing from
Dr. Eugene Majerowicz
Los Angeles, California
Thank you for the packet of wildflower
seeds-I have just the place for them.
HERITAGE magazine is a treasure. It gives
news not found elsewhere.
Just a note to thank you for the very fine
production of [my article] "Roads and the
Pacification of Texas"-it was superbly
done. I also enjoyed the Cunningham
article, especially the amazing photograph
on page 9 of the Cunningham family in
1889. The mother looking surprisingly in
good condition for having borne and raised
such a large brood-who amazingly
survived, given time and place then.
Christopher S. Davies
4 HERITAGE * WINTER 1991
FROM THE EDITOR
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