Heritage, Volume 7, Number 1, Winter 1989 Page: 9
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Students enrolled in the College of
Architecture earn degrees in traditional
departments of Urban and Regional Planning,
Construction Science, Architecture
and Environmental Design and Landscape
Architecture. Since McCarthy's advent in
January 1988, restructuring has emphasized
inter-departmental and interdisciplinary
programs. Students now draw on the
expertise of faculty across the range of the
college, in an experience similar to a medical
internship. Thus, when they go out to
practice their craft, it is on a broad base of
The good news for the Texas Historical
Foundation in this structure is that it can
now turn to faculty and students from
many related areas for support in identification,
planning and implementation of
projects in historic preservation. As reported
in the Autumn 1988 issue of Heritage,
several projects have already been
initiated and partially funded under this
arrangement-the long-range plan for
Washington-on-the-Brazos State Park and
the search for the San Saba mission. As
further projects are identified by the Center
for Historic Resources, the Foundation
will mobilize its Board and membership to
raise the funds to preserve and protect
these important links with the past.
The area of publications presents further
opportunities for partnership between
Texas A&M University and the Foundation.
Editor Vair has pointed out that in
Heritage, the Foundation already has a
vehicle and an interested audience for
publicizing A&M's research and projects
in historic preservation.
McCarthy agrees. Faculty at a prestigious
research university such as A&M
have a need to disseminate their ideas;
"publish or perish" is a phrase often misquoted.
One of the essential ideas of a great
university is to transfer knowledge through
teaching and publications for the public
good. However, it is not enough simply to
write an article and print it in Heritage, he
says. To be of benefit, academic quality
must be established by peer review of the
work. On the other hand, such academic
standards sometimes render information
"dry" and tedious to the average reader.
The solution? Assemble an academic
committee which will solicit and review
articles on historic preservation for publication
as a once-a-year supplement in Heritage.
Dean McCarthy, with experience on
a similar project in Australia, assures the
group that while there had been concerns
Top: The Academic Building was
completed in 1912 at an estimated
$200,000. Designed by Giesecke, it is
now used by the Liberal Arts College.
Center: Scoates Hall was originally
built in 1932 as the Agricultural/Engineering
Left: The Civil Engineering building
(1932) was originally the Veterinary
that the journal might lose its popular
appeal, it was not diminished at all. It
simply meant there were two or three more
articles in the center of one issue that were
a bit more professional. And like anything
that is rare, it had its own appeal and manuscripts
began flowing in from many sources.
It seems an ideal solution, and the staff
is pleased that mutual benefits will accrue
to the Foundation and the University. For
at least one issue a year, Heritage can be the
peer of scholarly journals, while not losing
its role as an entertaining magazine of history
and preservation in Texas.
Although historic preservation is an
aesthetic as well as a psychological ideal,
Bailey reminded the group that there are
economic considerations as well. "Fiftyfive
to sixty percent of the people who visit
Texas are interested in history in one way
or another. When we tie together our preservation
work, our publication of current
research in preservation, and the articles
on history that we already do, we see the
possibility of involving more people in our
work, and reaching a larger number of
people who will financially support the
work of preserving Texas' heritage."
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