Heritage, Volume 6, Number 1, Spring 1988 Page: 31
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BROWNSVILLE COLLEGE STATION
BROWN SVILLE ________COLLEGE STATION:
The 1988 Historic Preservation Conference,
which is celebrating its 25th anniversary
this year, convenes in Brownsville.
Participants will room at Fort Brown Hotel,
and sessions will be held at the nearby civic
center. For sightseeing and shopping, the gateway
to Mexico is just a few blocks away.
This year's conference is highlighting the
theme "Rivers, Roads, Rails, and Trails," all
of which have been instrumental in the development
of South Texas. Pertinent topics to be
covered include historic trails, steamboating
and deep water navigation, historic bridges, and
European migration to Texas.
In addition to the workshops, participants
will have an opportunity to tour Brownsville
and nearby communities, enroll in a preconference
work session, and enjoy special events
throughout the three-day meeting.
Preconference Events-Several activities
will be offered on Thursday, April 21, before the
conference officially opens. Among them are
the quarterly business meetings of the Texas
Historical Commission and the Texas Historical
Foundation, which are open to the public,
and two preconference workshops. One workshop
will provide information on refurbishing
historical markers and planning historical
tours, and the other will offer guidelines for
preserving historic cemeteries.
Reception and Musical EntertainmentActivities
continue on Thursday evening with
a reception hosted by the Brownsville Chamber
of Commerce, followed by musical entertainment
at Texas Southmost College. Buses will be
available following the reception to transport
participants to the college campus. These activities
Publications, Museums, and Architecture
Awards Presentations-On Friday, April 22,
the noon luncheon will honor winners of 1987
publications, museums, and architecture
awards. Noted Texas author and THC chairman
T. R. Fehrenbach will present the awards
and also will be available after the luncheon to
sign copies of his books.
Concurrent Tours-After the Friday
luncheon, participants can enjoy one of three
tours. The tour of Brownsville (does not include
dinner) will feature some of the city's most
historic spots, such as Immaculate Conception
Cathedral and the first county courthouse. The
Port Isabel/South Padre Island tour (includes
dinner) will offer a stop at the area's historic
lighthouse, as well as a stroll along the jetties.
The Harlingen tour (includes dinner) will feature
a visit to the IwoJima Monument and other
County Awards Luncheon-Join other
preservationists at noon on Saturday, April 23,
to salute the achievements made by county
historical commissions during 1987. Keynote
speaker will be Dr. Ron Tyler, director of the
Texas State Historical Association in Austin.
Banquet and Awards Dinner-The conference
will conclude Saturday evening with a
formal banquet and presentation of the THC's
most distinguished preservation awards. The
Texas Historical Foundation also will present
awards during this event. Special guest speaker
will be Dr. Juliet Garcia, president of Texas
For more information, contact: The Texas
Historical Commission, P. 0. Box 12276,
Austin, Texas 78711 (512) 463-6100.
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The Center for Historic Resources at Texas
A&M University is engaged in several projects,
including a study of measures to increase tourism
at the "Birthplace of Texas", Washingtonon-the-Brazos
State Park; a U. S. Park Servicefunded
study of measures to stem the deterioration
of adobe structures at Fort Davis; and
research to uncover traces of the lost Presidio
Teran, believed to have been built as the easternmost
extension of Spanish power in Texas in
the late seventeenth century.
The archival repository is collecting documentation
on the built environment in Texas,
including evidence relating to houses, public
buildings, engineering structures such as bridges
and gardens, and natural landscapes. Already
acquired are photo collections, architectural
drawings, oral histories, written reports, and
records of businesses involved in construction.
A brochure is available explaining the objectives
of the repository. If you have any information,
please call the Director of the Repository,
Joan Rabins, at (409) 845-0384. If you
wish to send material in your possession or to
write the address is: Center for Historic Resources,
College of Architecture, Texas A&M
University, College Station, Texas 77843.
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Rio Grande City, Texas 78582
A faithful restoration dedicated to the proud past
of all South Texas, the La Borde House is listed
in the National Register of Historic Places.
Rio Grande City
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