Heritage, Volume 5, Number 3, Autumn 1987 Page: 38
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FOUNDATION NEWS continued
As can be seen from the foregoing list
although the Center has been in operation
for less than one year, it is already actively
involved in a large number of ongoing
projects. These projects will all draw upon
the expertise of TAMU faculty from a
wide range of disciplines. In some cases,
there is funding available to support the
projects. In many instances, with additional
funding, the scope of the project could be
enlarged leading to a more effective result.
In other instances, if the project is to be
realized, funding must be secured.
Both the Foundation and the Center
will be directed by Gordon Echols, professor
of urban planning in the College of
Architecture and Environmental Design.
It is anticipated that this affiliation will
cause many joint projects to be initiated,
and that the expertise of the TAMU faculty
covering a wide range of historic preservation
matters can be marshalled for
Foundation projects as well as for those of
Mail and telephone messages should be
directed to: Texas Historical Foundation,
College of Architecture & Environmental
Design, Texas A&M University, College
Station, Texas 77843, (409) 845-0384.
Annual Preservation Conference
The warm weather and friendly people of
the Rio Grande Valley beckon-it is time
to start planning for the Texas Historical
Commission's 1988 preservation conference.
The conference, scheduled for April
21-23 in Brownsville, will focus on workshops
relating to the theme "Rivers, Roads,
Rails, and Trails." Fort Brown Motor
Hotel will serve as headquarters for the
gathering, and workshops and special
events will be held at the nearby civic
Attractions in the Brownsville area include
the recently restored depot museum;
the Stillman House, which commemorates
the life of the city's founder; the 19th century
Immaculate Conception Cathedral;
and the city hall, which was rebuilt in the
1940s on land that was once the site of the
original Fort Brown. For information, contact:
THC, P. 0. Box 12276, Austin, Texas
78711, (512) 463-6100.
TOHA WELCOMES MEMBERS
Perhaps you are part of a county historical
commission that is familiar with oral history
but has never incorporated the practice
into its activities. Or maybe you are an
individual interested in interviewing relatives.
Or perhaps you are an active oral
historian but feel you have no link in Texas
with people doing similar work.
For any individual or organization falling
in or near the above categories, the
Texas Oral History Association (TOHA)
has something to offer. The association, a
voluntary union of oral historians and
others interested in oral history in Texas,
was founded in 1982 as a nonprofit corporation
with a primary goal of assisting Texas
oral historians in maintaining contact with
each other and promoting professional standards.
The group is also very much interested
in seeing oral history become more a
part of preservation efforts in Texas.
Currently, TOHA has approximately
200 members across the state. Officers of
the group are president Gerald Saxon,
Dallas Public Library; vice president Monte
Lewis, Cisco Junior College; and secretary
WOMEN 16 YEARS OR OLDER who
are direct descendants of Texas pioneers
may be interested in joining the Daughters
of the Republic of Texas, an organization
dedicated to the perpetuation of the memory
of those who achieved Texas independence.
Now in its 95th year, there are 90
chapters across the state and 5,000 active
members. For information, write Karen
Thompson, 7203 S. Ute Trail, Austin,
THE STATE LEGISLATURE recently
authorized the issuance of bullion medallions
in gold or silver in observance of the
sesquicentennial. Available in coin stores
throughout the state, the coins feature the
state seal on one side (above) and the six
flags of Texas and the Alamo on the other
side. They are dated 1986.
I AM IN THE FINAL PHASE of putting
together a collection of Texas ghost stories
-both modem and traditional. The only
consideration is that the stories are alleged
to be truth and are not fiction. I hope
readers will take the time to send me their
favorites. All I need is the basic story
either typewritten, or if necessary, on a
cassette tape. Brian Robertson, 516 Tamarack,
McAllen, Texas 78501.
treasurer Rebecca Sharpless, Baylor University,
Waco. The officers work with an
annually elected council to set goals and
plan specific projects for the association.
Membership in TOHA provides a connection
to oral history efforts in Texas.
All members receive a quarterly newsletter,
and TOHA also sponsors sessions
at various historical meetings. Later this
month, the group will meet with the East
Texas Historical Association in Nacogdoches.
In 1987, sessions will be offered at
meetings of the West Texas Historical
Association, Texas Historical Commission,
and Texas State Historical Association.
"We'd like to appeal to a wide membership
of Texans to join us in promoting
oral history. For preservationists- particularly
for members of county historical
commissions-we plan to continue to gear
our programs to meet your needs," Saxon
Annual membership dues are $5. Dues
should be sent to the Texas Oral History
Association, CSB 401, Baylor University,
Waco, Texas 76798.
Communities involved in the THC's Main
Street Project have generated over $128 million
for the state treasury since the program's
inception in 1981. By investing in the
revitalization of their downtowns, these
cities have spurred new industry, attracted
new businesses into the central business district,
created jobs, and rehabilitated historic
buildings using the lucrative investment tax
credits. Thirty-nine cities currently participate
in the program.
Texas preservations may be interested
in the following publications. A Guide to
San Antonio Architecture, from the San Antonio
Chapter of the American Institute of
Architects, provides readers with a tool for
appreciating the built environment of San
Antonio, including the River Walk and the
Missions Trail. Write 720 GPM Tower,
San Antonio, 78216. The National Trust
for Historic Preservation has recently published
Architects Make Zigzags: Looking at
Architecture from A to Z, which combines
basic architectural concepts with beautiful
drawings of real buildings and sites. Write
1785 Massachusetts Ave. NW, Washington,
DC 20036. A new family history book
has been released in Garza County entitled
Footprints: A Continuing History of Garza
County and Its People. Write Maxine Earl,
601 W. Main Street, Post, Texas 79356.
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