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March 14, 2013

Preservation Texas Newsletter

What's Happening Around Texas

Let's Hear from You!

There are so many great reasons to join Preservation Texas, but one of them is that we will showcase your organization on our website and in these weekly newsletters. It’s smart marketing for you, because we’ll talk about what’s going on in your community and how others around the state can get involved in your preservation efforts or special events.


Share your story—email me if you are interested in being interviewed by phone or email.


All my best,

Terri Schexnayder, Office & Membership Manager


Walter G. Diggles, Sr., serves on the Preservation Texas board and has been executive director for the Deep East Texas Council of Governments since 1990. His love of history began as a young boy, fascinated by his grandfather’s stories – and relics – from WWI. Walter shares his preservation efforts and why Texas history matters.


PT: Tell me more about your connection to Texas history.


Walter Diggles: I was a History Major during my Dallas college days. The more I studied American History and other nations, especially the older countries that had been destroyed by war, the more intrigued I became.  I began to collect all kinds of artifacts— the red Mobil Gas signs, old fuel pumps and Coca -Cola bottles and put them in my garage.


PT: What are you currently involved in with historic preservation in Jasper?

WD: I was one of the founding members of the Jasper County Historical Museum and am an active board member. This wonderful museum features not just artifacts and relics from Jasper, but from around the state. For example, Joe H. Tonihill, the attorney for Jack Ruby donated historic items from the JFK assassination, such as photographs of the actual shooting of Lee Harvey Oswald by Jack Ruby and other photos and relics from his involvement in the JFK assassination.  I’ve also been interested in cemeteries – working with local Black Cemetery Association in Jasper and surrounding areas, we have helped restore some of the headstones and promote walking tours with local Chambers of Commerce. 

I work closely with Herman Wright, Jr., a  ranch owner and founder of The Long Black Line.He researched the history of their family ranch in Jasper County and created a documentary about the history of the family. The Long Black Line tour goes to five historic sites in Jasper County Texas. Each was a Freedom Colony, as defined by Thad Sitton’s book Freedom Colonies which described over 500 communities in Texas and over 5,000 across the United States that African Americans created after Emancipation in 1865. I am a member of the board of directors of The Long Black Line and support the organization with the funding and research.


PT: What would you tell someone about why history is important?


WD: The preservation of history is something that ensures my children and grandchildren will always have visible signs to never forget history. Preservation Texas plays such an important role in ensuring that some of our historical places and artifacts are not just thrown away or become unworthy because of age.  Even some history that is not pleasant, such as Slavery and the Civil War. But, it’s important for children to know that there are individuals who are protecting their history for the future to come.



Around the State



March 23 The 2nd Annual “Texas Heritage Day: Six Degrees of Connection” hosted by the Save Austin’s Cemeteries, German-Texan Heritage Society, Preservation Austin, Neill-Cochran House Museum, Preservation Texas, and City of Austin Parks & Recreation Department. Activities will take place at historic Oakwood Cemetery, Austin’s oldest city cemetery.


Preservation Dallas Events:


Dallas Architectural Forum Lecture Series

March 21, 7pm, Horchow Auditorium, Dallas Museum of Art. The lecture series will feature Kenneth Frampton a British architect, critic, historian and the Ware Professor of Architecture at the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation at Columbia University, New York. Lectures are free for Dallas Architecture Forum members.


Preservation Dallas Spring Cleaning Sale

April 6, 8am - 2pm, Preservation Dallas/Wilson House Parking Lot. Open to the public so invite your friends to join you.


Anna Mod, Preservation Texas member, historic preservation specialist and architectural historian based in SWCA’s Houston office, received a Good Brick Award from Preservation Houston in February. She received the Martha Peterson Award for her community service and contributions to historic preservation in Houston, including volunteering, mentoring, and publications. 

San Antonio

Every March since 2008 the French Consulate in Houston has coordinated a Francophonie festival, a celebration of all things French. The French Cultures Festival (FCF) brings people together across Texas, Oklahoma and Arkansas. 



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