Heritage, Volume 7, Number 4, Fall 1989 Page: 13
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OPPOSITE: Christine Moor Sanders and Dottie Johnson accept an award for the Tyler County Heritage
Society from Mrs. Faith Bybee, Vice Chairman, and Bill Bailey, President, Texas Historical Foundation.
TOP: Saint Anthony's Church. The Corpus Christi Caller-Times received an award for coverage of the
benefit at Violet to refurbish Saint Anthony's Church and museum. Photo courtesy of the Caller-Times.
BOTTOM: The Edison Plaza Museum exhibits a bust of Edison with his most famous invention. Gulf States
Utilities Company received an award for preserving the old electrical substation which houses the museum.
Photo courtesy of the Edison Plaza Museum.
Texas. The fifth is a large Wichita Indian
village known as the Vinson Site in Limestone
County near Mexia. It is one of the
few recorded remaining historic Indian
archaeological sites in Texas.
Gulf States Utilities Company received
the Josiah Wheat Award of Merit for out
standing achievement in historic preservation
by an industry. Gulf States Utilities
has built a large new office building, but
preserved the 1920s brick Travis Street
substation which is on the site, then restored
it and established the Edison Plaza
Museum. The museum contains the largest
collection of Thomas A. Edison inventions
west of the Mississippi River and is
one of two electric industry museums in the
The late W. Donham Crawford, former
CEO of Gulf States Utilities, revered
Edison and began collecting his inventions.
The museum focuses on Edison's
work and shows how the electric industry
has expanded on those inventions to improve
our quality of life. Jill Street, curator
of the museum, accepted the award on
behalf of Gulf States Utilities Company.
The Corpus Christi Caller-Times received
a Citation of Merit for stories and
photographs of local history carried in the
Caller-Times throughout 1988. Articles
included several categories: historical
markers, historic preservation, history
appreciation, and Texas biographies.
These headlines show how a responsive
newspaper can support heritage efforts:
COUNCIL WILL DECIDE FATE OF OLD CITY
HISTORIC HOUSE BURNED
OLD CITY HALL WILL BE RAZED
APPLICATIONS BEING TAKEN FOR
CZECHFEST CONTINUES IN CALALLEN
ANNUAL SPRINGFEST IN VIOLET TO
BENEFIT HISTORIC CHURCH
CENTENNIAL HOUSE STILL OCCUPIES
ARCHEOLOGIST HERMAN SMITH: HE
FOUND HIS WAY BY STARTING OVER
Jim Davis of Harte-Hanks News Bureau
in Austin accepted the award on behalf of
Caller-Times editor Larry Rose.
Another Citation of Merit was presented
to the Four Seasons Nursing Center,
Austin for their hours of volunteer
work assisting in the Texas Historical
Foundation mailings. Our Center volunteers
worked long hours coding, stuffing
and mailing membership solicitation materials.
Their volunteer labor has contributed
greatly to the overall success of the
membership campaign for 1988-1989.
Mary Helen Fitts, of the Four Seasons
Nursing Center, accepted the award on
behalf of the volunteers.
The vision and firmness of purpose of
our award winners, and others like them,
provides the leadership essential for preservation
efforts. Their example also
teaches a fundamental lesson: vision consists
not only in looking to the future, but
also in looking with reverence to the past.
Patricia Haas is Associate Editor of Heritage.
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