Heritage, Volume 11, Number 2, Spring 1993 Page: 21
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Ruby Perez of the Abilene Preservation League
accepts award from John Meadows.
Southwestern Bell, the Foundation was
able to restore Rainbow Row as homes for
low and moderate income families.
Karen and Mike Collins
In 1989, while driving past three rundown
buildings located at 4811 Sinclair
Avenue in Austin, Karen and Mike Collins
spied the pitch of the roof on one of the
structures. Within a short time the Collins
purchased the property and began a restoration
project that would dominate most of
their time for the next two years. The 1848
dogtrot main log house, accompanying gear
shed, and stone storage house are now known
as the Moore-Hancock Farmstead, recently
recognized by an award from the National
Trust for Historic Preservation.
Having no outside financing or help,
Mike, an archaeologist, and Karen, a historian,
undertook the monumental challenge
of peeling away the modern exterior and
interior sheathing of the buildings. This
took one year. The archaeological investigation
was a slow, meticulous task, one
which for four months they conducted
alone. When unscreened soil piled up,
members of the Travis County Archaeological
Society and Delta Tau Delta fraternity
came to their assistance. Following
professional methods, significant artifacts
were recovered, documented, and preserved
and the area was mapped and photographed.
The tedious restoration work done by hand
has been almost completed by the Collins
and their research recorded.
Most successful projects result from
having a leader who establishes goals and
provides clear guidelines and most of the
hard work for accomplishing these goals.
John McRae of Ponder accepts his Texas Historical
Foundation preservation award.
Such a project is the documentation of
Jewish burials in Texas by the Texas Jewish
Historical Society. Such a leader is Don
Teter, a retired chemical engineer from
Baytown, and a member of the Society.
When Teeter took over as chair of the
Century Committee in 1991, about 70 locations
had been listed where burials might
have taken place. During the next yearand-a-half,
Teeter realized that he must
completely involve himself in the location
process by personally visiting 73 cemeteries
in 46 cities throughout the state. In this
way, Teeter has been able to discover more
than 20 new sites, several of which were lost
from current historical information.
He has found burials where there were
no known Jewish pioneers and sites where
there are currently no living Jewish residents.
He has persuaded youth groups and
private citizens to care for neglected plots.
Teeter has dedicated his time toward making
a map of the burials and an index that
he will place in the Barker History Center
in Austin when completed.
Phil and Barbara Henderson
These individuals were honored for their
splendid contributions toward the creation
and continued maintenance of the Eddie
Deuseen Memorial Park in Ponder.
By moving and restoring the Old Christal
School House to the center of town, and by
adding a working windmill, flowers, and
landscaping, these three individuals have
created an attractive community center
that gives a focus and a sense of place to this
small town that was previously lacking.
Abilene Preservation League
The Abilene Preservation League was
John Meadows congratulates Carol Riggs, director
of the Texas Forestry Museum in Lufkin.
honored for its important role as catalyst in
the revitalization of five buildings in the
city's central business district. Included in
the restorations were the Paramount Theatre,
the Grace Hotel/Grace Cultural Center,
the Elks Building, the Compton Building,
and the T&P Depot and T&P Historic
District Master Plan.
Museum of the Big Bend
The Museum of the Big Bend at Sul Ross
State University in Alpine was recognized
for the educational role it has played in the
Trans-Pecos area schools, many of which
serve region-bound students. The Foundation
also recognized the museum for collecting,
preserving, exhibiting, and interpreting
cultural materials that relate to the
history and prehistory of the Big Bend.
Texas Forestry Museum
The museum was recognized for efforts
to preserve and interpret the history of the
forest industries in Texas. The museum was
cited for its formal education program that
ranges from local third grade classes to
those at Stephen F. Austin State University
on how the economy of East Texas
developed around this natural resource.
The City of Georgetown
The City of Georgetown was recognized
for its restoration of the vacant 1930 Post
Office building downtown, which was used
to house city offices. The city spent
$600,000 on this project in efforts to centralize
city operations without abandoning
a commitment to Main Street and historic
preservation. The rehabilitation of this
important structure preserves the personality
of Georgetown and adds to the city's
successful historic preservation record.
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