Heritage, Volume 7, Number 3, Summer 1989 Page: 24
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welcome change in my perspective. It is in
the inspirational class.
What came to me as I looked through
the book was a sense of urgency to go start
a garden. I looked out at my own balcony
and realized it needed some color, so I
added some pink geraniums and fashioned
a grapevine wreath ornamented with dried
natural plants from the local countryside.
Given the long growing season in Texas
and the South, perennials are enjoying a
Renaissance of popularity. As Dr. Welch
says, "The garden is and has been an
important part of the life, environment
and inheritance of the Texan. Protecting
the heritage of gardens is a formidable task
since gardens are made up of living plant
materials. They do not remain static, they
Perennial Garden Color is a valuable
resource for Southern gardeners with its
specifically adapted information and the
wealth of color photographs. Anyone who
has admired the simple beauty of a rural
Southern garden and yearns for the easily
grown perennials, roses and other plants
that give it their charm, permanence and
unique beauty will find the book a landmark
reference for gardening in the South.
We're Czechs, R.L. Skrabanek, Texas A&M
University Press, 1988.
Reviewed by Peter Nichols, archaeologist
for Archeological Research, Inc.
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My wife and I have been to various
SPJST Halls around Texas and partaken of
the good times and music. In fact, Eddie
Ray Dubec and the Polka Dots played at our
wedding dance. I've also been through the
fabulous cemetery at Fayetteville and knew
about the town of Snook that is the setting
for most of this book.
We're Czechs is about a way of life in a
small Texas town that is gone. Czech was
the everday language in Snook. They
lacked electricity, paved streets and running
water. Mules pulled the one-row farm
implements and everyone worked in the
fields including the women and children. If
their fields were cleaner, their rows
straighter, and they grew more cotton than
anyone else around it was because, "My
jsme Cesi; oni jsou Americane" which translates,
"We're Czechs; they're Americans."
Their pride and accomplishment was exhibited
by excellence in school work, athletics
and mutual aid groups for everything
from cotton harvest to insurance plans to
Skrabanek describes growing up in this
community in the 1920s and 1930s in great
detail. Sometimes the book bogs down with
the weight of detail, but the farm and
community life and schooling of the Texas
Czechs are thoroughly covered. For anyone
that is interested in Texas ethnic communities,
small towns, and small scale farming
before mechanization this book is a must. It
is a valuable contribution to the field of
Dr. Skrabanek is Emeritus Professor of
Sociology at Texas A & M University. He
was born and raised in Snook. His description
shows a deep fondness for and profound
knowledge of his home community.
One of the best things in the book for me is
that I finally found out what SPJST stands
for--Slovanska Podporujici Jednota Statu
Texas which translates, of course, to the
Slovanic Benevolent Society of Texas.
24 HERITAGE * SUMMER 1989
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