Heritage, Volume 9, Number 2, Spring 1991 Page: 5
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FROM THE EDITOR
Karen shared the story of their quest,
but we could see that she was eager to get
back to work. We set up a time to take
photographs the following weekend,
weather permitting. We left the site in awe
of these two people sustained by their
vision and their determination to preserve
the past-a rich past that had been covered
with the clutter of "modernization."
n the last century Henry David
Thoreau moved to a small cabin by
Walden Pond, explaining "I went to
the woods because I wished to live
deliberately, to front only the essential
facts of life, and see if I could not learn what
it had to teach, and not, when I came to
die, discover that I had not lived."
The cover story in this issue of
HERITAGE verifies that it's not necessary
to "go to the woods" to find your cabin.
You might find it in the middle of a bustling
city-if you know what you're looking for
and have the know-how, stamina for hard
work, and perseverance to uncover such a
treasure when you find it.
It's not too often that an editor is privileged
to see preservation in action. I hear
about it, read about it, edit articles about it,
write about it, and put together a magazine
about it, but rarely do I get to be eyewitness
to a preservation project in progress. Photographer
Glenn Wolfe and I had that
opportunity when we drove through a
residential area looking for the log farmstead
we were going to photograph for the
I spotted a small log structure shaded by
a huge live-oak tree as we neared the end
of the block. Karen Collins was lugging
stones almost bigger than she is. Mike Collins
was working on the main house behind
the log gear shed, and several volunteers
had their heads bent to the task.
We introduced ourselves and Karen gave
us a quick tour of the site and showed us the
treasures they had unearthed over the past
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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