Heritage, Volume 5, Number 1, Spring 1987 Page: 6
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The Texas Historical Foundation held its first
quarterly board of directors meeting of the
new year on January 23, 1987, in Houston at
the Harris County Heritage Society headquarters
in Sam Houston Park.
With the 1987 year came a new slate of officers
for the Foundation who presided at the board
of directors meeting:
J. P. Bryan, Chairman of the Board
Joan Hataway, President
Brux Austin, Vice-President
Bebe Canales Inkley, Vice-President
Jerry Susser, Treasurer/Secretary
During the meeting the Foundation's new
president Joan Hataway presented a Distinguished
Service Award to former president J. P.
Bryan. Mr. Bryan served as president of the
Foundation from July 1984 through December
1986 and has been instrumental in the funding
and publication of HERITAGE as well as
the success of the many programs of the Foundation.
Mr. Bryan will serve as chairman of
the board and will continue to serve as editorin-chief
of HERITAGE. The board of direc
J. P. Bryan, Editor-in-Chief, Heritage
tors and staff are grateful to Mr. Bryan for his
dedication and sincere interest in the Foundation's
The quarterly board meeting was dedicated to
setting the Foundation's goals for the year.
These include producing a quarterly publication
for use in schools to pique the interest
of students learning Texas history. Educators
around the state are encouraged to participate
by offering suggestions as to what is needed to
help teach Texas history.
The goal of HERITAGE magazine is to find
funding to produce issues over the next three
years. Grants are being sought as well as
corporate and private sponsorships of single
The Foundation is initiating a campaign to
raise the Archaeology Bank to two million
dollars. Funds raised will be used to purchase
endangered archaeological sites and provide
money for site investigations around the state.
The ongoing Historic Photography Project is
planning to continue to publish books relating
to photography in Texas.
'Last year the Foundation's fund-raising event,
the Texana Auction of the Sesquicentennial,
was a great success, and plans are underway
for the Second Annual Texana Auction. The
event will be held in Dallas in September. Details
on the fundraiser are forthcoming.
The Texas Historical Foundation and the
Texas Historical Commission will be jointly
sponsoring the 1987 Historic Preservation
Conference, April 23-25 in El Paso. This
year's conference is emphasizing folk life and
folk culture as important elements in Texas'
past. We encourage all our members to attend
and promise a memorable and educational
Texas State Library News
Former governor Price Daniel, now a member
of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission,
has announced that a large private
daybook containing more than 500 original
signatures of Sam Houston has been presented
to the Sam Houston Center at Liberty. The
book has been in the Houston family for
General Houston's 571-page daybook of signed
letters, legislative messages, and other documents
was given to the state by Sam Houston's
great-granddaughter, Mrs. Charlotte Williams
Darby of Houston, in memory of her father,
the late Franklin Williams. He was Houston's
grandson and inherited the book from his
mother. He also was an avid collector of early
Texas documents, some of which recently were
presented by Mrs. Darby to Rice University.
Daniel says, "This is the largest single volume
of Sam Houston signatures in existence. In my
opinion, it is the most historic collection that
has surfaced during the Sesquicentennial year;
it is priceless. Although appraised at a minimum
of $50,000, I dare say it would bring a
million if offered to collectors of Texana."
The volume is entitled The Private Executive
Records of the Second Term of Houston's Administration
as President of the Republic of Texas.
Until the presentation to the Sam Houston
Center, it had never been seen outside of the
The single-volume, 571-page manuscript contains
Houston's public and private letters,
speeches, legal documents, official appointments,
legislative messages, veto messages,
and proclamations from December 13, 1841,
to December 9, 1844, when Houston was
serving his second term as president of the
1987 Preservation Co rence:
El Paso Welcomes Visitors
The heart of El Paso lies in its history-its missions, its cultural diversity, its ties with
It is this city's bond with the past that will make the 1987 Preservation Conference
special-in these times of state and federal budget cuts, it is appropriate to meet
in one of Texas' most distinctive cities to lend support to the cause of historic
The conference, sponsored by the Texas Historical Commission and the Texas Historical
Foundation, is set for April 23-25 at E Paso's Airport Hilton. Workshop topics,
which should appeal to the varying interests of all participants, will cover vernacular
architecture, folk art, Chinese artifacts from El Paso, curanderismo (the Mexican art of
healing), oral history, tourism, and folk culture.
Participants also will have the opportunity to participate in a number of other activities,
including an excursion for shopping and dinner in Juarez, Mexico, several cocktail
receptions, and awards presentations. Attendees with a few moments to spare also
may be interested in visiting local landmarks currently under renovation, including
the Cortez Hotel, which is being converted into first-class office space, and the historic
Del Norte Hotel, which is undergoing a complete restoration.
Preservationists planning to fly to El Paso should be aware that American Airlines is
the official conference carrier. Information on special rates is available by calling tollfree
1-800-433-1790 and asking for Star Number S51874. Calls may be made any day,
7 a.m. to midnight CST.
Don't miss this opportunity to participate in an event that will show, despite setbacks
and cutbacks to many cultural and historical groups, that preservation is important to
the lives of all Texans.
From the December 1986 issue of The Medallion (vol. 23, no. 12).
Reprinted with permission of the Texas Historical Commission.
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