Inspired by Our Community's History
by
Commissioner Tommy Adkisson
April 2001

Hardly a week goes by that I am not inspired by the work of our local civic leaders.  This past Sunday evening, your San Antonio Conservation Society recognized a number of authors who have published books dealing with various important aspects of our community.  Of the authors and their works acknowledged were: David Dillon, The Architecture of O'Neil Ford: Celebrating Place; Gordon Echols, Early Texas Architecture; George Nelson, The Alamo: An Illustrated History; Gale Hamilton Shiffrin, Echoes from Women of the Alamo; The Texas Historical Foundation for its publication of Texas Heritage; and Lewis F. Fisher, for his ongoing work on San Antonio history and for his fledgling Maverick Press.  Some of you may recognize Lewis Fisher for his significant work entitled Saving San Antonio: The Precarious Preservation of a Heritage, commissioned by the San Antonio Conservation Society several years ago. 

Each of these and other books adds to the ability of this community to know and remember our very special history.  Every day I walk into the Bexar County Courthouse I am reminded of the fact that we have the largest historical courthouse in the entire State of Texas!  But, our "built structures" are one very important source of our ability to remember how we got to where we are.  Books are also a great way to recall the past and thereby understand our future. 

We are all indebted to these and many other fine authors of other books dealing with the history of our area and of our Great State.  So, when you meet a member of the San Antonio Conservation Society, tell them thanks!  Thanks for keeping our precious history alive and for educating our locals as well as our visitors about the rich history that is all ours because we are in San Antonio, Bexar County, and Texas!

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