Texana Foundation Donates Five Rare Maps to Texas General Land Office Archives and Records

Significant support for the Save Texas History project

Contact: Brittany Eck
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PRESS RELEASE — May 19, 2015

— AUSTIN - Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush and the founder of the Texana Foundation, Jefferson Morgenthaler, are proud to announce the donation of five historic maps to the Texas General Land Office Archives. This represents the largest single donation of historic maps to the archives.

"These maps donated by Mr. Morgenthaler through the Texana Foundation will be viewed by our children and our grandchildren, thanks to their generosity today,” Commissioner Bush said. “These maps augment our collection of 45,000 maps and sketches and enhance the GLO Archives − one of the premier cartographic collections in Texas and the Southwest. This generous donation is a great example of how Texans can help support our Save Texas History efforts.”

Morgenthaler approached the Texas General Land Office earlier this year, inquiring how he and the Texana Foundation could help the agency's Save Texas History program. Deciding that acquiring a selection of significant historic maps for the General Land Office was the best way that he could show his support, Morgenthaler proceeded to research available Texas maps, with guidance from the archives staff at the General Land Office.

“It is rewarding to acquire valuable historic items and ensure that these treasures will be safely preserved and made accessible for future generations through the Archives of the Texas General Land Office," Morgenthaler said. “Over the last decade, I have sought partners to share my passion for Texas history. It has been a complete pleasure to work with the Texas General Land Office, which has been both professional and tremendously enthusiastic.”

The donated maps are:

The Texana Foundation encourages interest and excellence in preserving and writing Texas history. The foundation’s projects include writers' workshops and conferences, Texana e-book development, public library collection development, and underwriting and producing historical displays. Morgenthaler is the author of several nonfiction books about the history of Texas, including the award-winning The River Has Never Divided Us and the landmark Promised Land: Solms, Castro, and Sam Houston’s Colonization Contracts. His recent study of the historic Pinta Trail, based largely on the maps and surveys of the GLO, prompted his interest in the GLO’s map collection.

Save Texas History, a project of the Texas General Land Office, is dedicated to preserving and promoting the historic documents and maps of the General Land Office Archives, serving as a teaching resource for Texas history education, and serving as a resource for digitizing Texas history. No general revenue from the Legislature is appropriated for this purpose. The conservation and promotion of these Texas treasures depends solely on private donations, map purchases and corporate sponsorships. All donations made to the GLO, either financial contributions for conservation or donations of items such as archival maps, are tax deductible pursuant to Internal Revenue Code §170(c)(1).

The five donated maps can be viewed online, as well as the 45,000 other maps, sketches and drawings of the Texas General Land Office, at www.SaveTexasHistory.org.


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