Heritage, Volume 8, Number 2, Spring 1990 Page: 4
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FROM THE EDITOR
W ith this issue of Heritage devoted
totally to archaeology the Texas
Historical Foundation wants to
make its contribution to the statewide
celebration of Archeology Awareness Week
April 8 through 14. Governor Clements has
issued a proclamation announcing this week
during which attention will be drawn to Texas'
archaeological heritage. Other states in our
region such as Louisiana, Arizona and Colorado
are also focusing on archaeology this spring.
The purpose of Archeology Awareness Week is
to coordintate efforts to heighten public
awareness of the range of Texas' archaeological
resources and the urgent need to protect them
because of their fragile nature.
We hope that the articles and other features
in this issue will bring this need to the forefront
of the attention of our readers. Archaeology
encompasses more than a search for traces of
prehistoric cultures or long-forgotten
civilizations. Archaeology in Texas studies not
only the Indians who populated the state long
before the arrival of Europeans, but it also tells
us things that were not known about relatively
recent times. With this issue we have tried to
reflect this range. You will read about the
earliest signs of man in West Texas, evidence
which is being found which gives us new insight
into the differences in the colonial objectives of
France and Spain, work that is being done to
research life on early Texas ranches, and
exciting new data on how Austin was settled
and developed which is emerging from the site
of the new convention center.
In this its second year Archeology
Awareness Week has gained more sponsors and
a much more extensive program of events has
been planned. In addition to the Texas
Historical Foundation, some of the other
sponsors are the Texas Historical Commission,
the Texas Archaeological Society, the
Archaeological Conservancy, the Council of
Texas Archaeologists, the Texas Antiquities
Committee, the Texas Memorial Museum in
Austin, the Institute of Texan Cultures, and the
Texas Archeological Research Laboratory of
the University of Texas.
Every effort has been made to design attractive,
entertaining presentations. Just two of
the exhibits which will be shown are:
"Archaeology in Texas," in the Capitol
Rotunda from April 4-16 assembled by the
Institute of Texan Cultures and "Turquoise and
Tobacco," at the Midland Museum of the
Southwest. Many other organizations will offer
exhibits as well as lectures, short courses, and
other events. Information on the week has been
sent to the social science educators throughout
the state in elementary and junior high schools
so that our children will be made aware of this
area of study which may be new to them.
For more information on what is available
we suggest that you call the office of the State
Archaeologist at the Texas Historical
Commission (512/463-6090) or the Texas
Archaeological Society (512/691-4462). We
believe that the coordinated effort which is to
be marshaled this year will be very effective.
Remember, this is an annual event intended to
have a cumulative effect-it is not too early to
begin thinking of programs and activities for
Coming in July
Heritage's first annual referreed issue featuring articles
written by nationally-recognized authorities on historic
preservation will address leading-edge issues in
preservation. Some of the subjects to be treated . . .
Preservation of "intangible" resources-what can we learn from
Japan's "Living National Treasures" program?
Paradox of preserving the historical streetscape and conforming to
present-day sign codes.
Relevance of William Morris' ideas on good design to the broader
responsibilities of today's historic preservationists.
Master planning and historic designated landscape restoration-the
Public Service for Texas Heritage
THE TEXAS HISTORICAL
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:
Bill Bailey, President
Texas Historical Foundation
College of Architecture
Texas A&M University
College Station, Texas 77843-3137
4 HERITAGE * SPRING 1990
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