Heritage, Volume 9, Number 3, Summer 1991 Page: 5
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I was recently furnished a copy of
HERITAGE, Spring edition '91. I have read
and reread the feature article A Pioneer
Farmstead is Rescued in Urban Austin. I am
interested in this article because Mike and
Karen Collins are my son and daughter-in-law.
I am very proud of these two and I am looking
forward to the completion of their project. I
think that you three [writer, editor, and
photographer] did a fine job with the story of
their preservation project.
I have another reason for being interested in
this endeavor because my wife, Margaret, and I
did a similar restoration of a log house several
years ago, and I am going to take the liberty to
tell you a little bit about it. Margaret wrote a
little account of our acquisition of the property
and of our motivation to "fix it up." This is an
extra copy for you to keep or to do with as you
wish. I am also enclosing pictures showing the
before and after restoration. The idea of
restoration was somewhat of an afterthought
and since we were complete amateurs at such a
thing I guess it is remarkable that it turned out
as well as it did. Perhaps restoring log houses is
somewhat of a natural talent of the Collins
The stories of the two families that occupied
this old house before we acquired it are very
interesting, and are remarkable human interest
stories in themselves.
I will not dwell on this subject any more at
this time. I will be moving to Austin some time
in the near future and if you all are interested we
could get together and talk more about this and
perhaps even visit the farm.
In closing I want to say again that you did a
fine story on Mike and Karen and I thank you for
Your article on Bosque County in the Fall
1990 issue of HERITAGE caught my eye, and I
thought you might like to know about a related
project in the Baylor Program for Regional
The Program for Regional Studies was
founded in 1986 to explore Texas as the
confluence of many cultures. To this end, we are
sponsoring a series of symposia grouped around
ten of the natural regions of Texas. These twoday
conferences explore the relationship of land
and people: how people interact with the land
and are in turn themselves shaped by their
physical surroundings. On the third day,
participants take a field trip into the region to
see firsthand how the interaction occurs. In
April 1990, we began the series with the
Blackland Prairie. On 3-5 October 1991 we will
explore the Texas Grand Prairie and Cross
Timbers-the site of Bosque County-in a
conference entitled, "The Texas Grand Prairie
and Cross Timbers: Land, History, Culture."
The program will include discussions of the
physical environment of the Grand Prairie and
Cross Timbers, the history of human settlement
in the region, the cultures the people created,
and the future of the region.
We believe that
knowledge of the Grand
will benefit from
M. Rebecca Sharpless
information see CORNERSTONE on
Henkel Square is a nationally recognized museum village of Texas
Anglo-American and German-American 19th century culture located
in Round Top, midway between Austin and Houston.
The Henkel Square Restorations and the Collections are administered
by the Texas Pioneer Arts Foundation established by
Mrs. Faith Poorman Bybee and the late Charles Lewis Bybee
in order to perpetuate an authentic representation of the
way of life of the early Austin settlers of Texas.
Henkel Square is open daily from Noon to 5:00 p.m.
P.O. Box 82 * Round Top, Texas 78954 * (409) 249-3308
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