Heritage, Volume 5, Number 3, Autumn 1987 Page: 37
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Texas Historical Foundation Joins Center
for Historic Resources, Texas A&M
On Friday, July 10, 1987, an agreement
was signed by J. P. Bryan, Chairman of the
Board of Directors of the Texas Historical
Foundation and Frank E. Vandiver, President
of Texas A&M University, formalizing
the affiliation of the Foundation with
the Center for Historic Resources. The
Center for Historic Resources was established
by the Texas A&M Board of Regents
on September 23, 1986.
The Board of Directors of the Foundation
has been interested in joining with an
organization dedicated to historic preservation.
The creation of the Center for Historic
Resources at Texas A&M University
presented such an opportunity. The Center
will be the focus for the study and preservation
of the built environment in Texas. An
endowed chair in historic preservation is
to be established in conjunction with the
Center, and a Repository which is collecting
documentation on the built environment
in Texas is yet another feature. The
Foundation will now be headquartered
jointly with the Center in the College of
Architecture and Environmental Design in
At the time of the signing of the merger
agreement between the Texas Historical
Foundation and the Center for Historic
Resources, there were expressions of intent
on both sides that these two organizations
would work closely together on a wide
range of historical preservation projects
throughout the state.
Since its creation in the fall of 1986,
the Center has been involved in the creation
of a number of preservation projects
which are presently at various stages of
realization. Some of these projects are:
Fort Davis National Historical Site - A
contract has been signed with the National
Park Service titled "Assessment of Conditions,
Preservation Alternatives and
Graphic and Photographic Recording of
Selected Buildings at Fort Davis
On July 10, 1987, an agreement was signed
by J. P. Bryan and Frank E. Vandiver, formalizing
the affiliation of the Foundation with
the Center for Historic Resources. From left
to right: J.P. Bryan, Clifton Caldwell, Joan
Hataway, Gordon Eckols and Joan Rabin
National Historic Site, Texas" which authorizes
a study of the adobe structures leading
to recommendations by the Center on
measures to be taken to preserve these
Mission San Saba - The Center is working
with the Texas Old Missions and Forts
Restoration Association (TOMFRA) in
drawing up a proposal for an archeological
study of possible sites in Menard County
where this mission may have been located.
Commandant's House - Discussions are
scheduled with the current owners of this
historic house to explore the possibility of
moving it back to the TAMU campus to
serve as the headquarters for the Center
and the Foundation. They have offered to
donate the house to the university if the
structure is deemed suitable for the
Lyndon B. Johnson National Historical
Park - Discussions have been held by a
Center team and the National Park Service
to explore their interest in preparing a
preservation plan for the ranch to reflect
the era of LBJ's occupancy.
Presidio Teran - A proposal has been prepared
for an archeological study of possible
sites where this seventeenth century outpost
may have been located in the area of
the Neches and Angelina Rivers. A meeting
is scheduled with the Temple Eastex
Foundation to determine their possible
interest in supporting this project.
Washington on the Brazos Park - A meeting
has been held by representatives of the
Center and the Washington on the Brazos
Park Association, the park director and
the director of the Star of the Republic
Museum. The Center has agreed to submit
a preliminary plan for park improvements
which would enhance the park and lead to
its increased use.
El Paso Mission Trail - Discussions have
been held regarding the development of a
plan for the mission trail which would involve
cooperative efforts with officials of
El Paso, Socorro, Sal Elizario, the Texas
State Highway Department and the
federal government. This would involve a
landscaping plan and identification of historic
structures and recommendations for
their adaptive reuse.
Historic Bridge Inventory in Texas - The
Center is currently developing a response
to a request by the State Department of
Highways to the Texas Transportation
Institute at TAMU for help in compiling
this inventory required by legislation passed
this year in Washington.
CHR Repository - An archives of archival
material documenting the built environment
in Texas is one component of the
Center. Planning and collecting for the repository
was initiated in February and
several collections of photographs and
architectural drawings have already been
accessioned and other donations of material
have been promised. A proposal for
funds for the purchase of equipment and
supplies which are needed to store these
collections in archivally acceptable conditions
has been written.
Endowed Chair in Historic Preservation
- Plans for the Center include the establishment
of an endowed chair in historic
preservation which will be the first at any
university in the nation. The Board of
Regents has authorized the College of
Architecture and Environmental Design to
solicit funds to endow this chair. Money
raised will be matched by the university
under the Endowed Faculty Scholars Program.
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