Marker Dedication Photos 2011-2012
Harris County Marker Dedication Ceremony
The Harris County Sheriff's Office Honor Guard, Lt. Ruben Diaz gave the Pledges to the U.S. and Texas Flags
R. Jack Cagle Commissioner Precinct 4; Harris County Judge Ed Emmett; David Benson Precinct 1 Special Programs; and Vince Ryan, County Attorney
Harris County Historical Commission Members
THC Marker Re-dedication for Felix Tijerina
Felix Tijerina's grand-daughter and son
remove the marker cover.
Texas Historical Commission marker dedication for Booker T. Washington School at 10:00 A.M. 119 East 39th Street @ Yale Street, Houston, Texas, 77018. Public welcome.
Benson and Gammell Markers – A Special Historic Event
All Harris County Historical Commission members are encouraged to attend this special marker event.
Please make plans to attend the double marker dedication in honor
of Battle of San Jacinto veterans
Ellis Benson and William Gammell
and other Citizens of the Republic of Texas at Washington Cemetery
at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, October 22,
It is especially fitting that these dedications are taking place during the commemoration of 175 Years of Texas Independence to honor Battle of San Jacinto veterans.
Bagpiper Kelley Fair has selected special music in honor of William
Gammell, who was a Scot and a member of Holland Lodge, AF&AM.
Jeff Monette, a singer with Houston Grand Opera, will lead the singing of the National Anthem and Texas, Our Texas.
Harris County Judge Ed Emmett will bring us greetings and Larry
Spasic, President, San Jacinto Museum of History Association, will
give the keynote speech.
The colors will be presented by the Texian Volunteers, who will also
fire a musket salute at each grave.
2911 Washington Avenue, Houston 77007
10:00 a.m., Saturday, October 22, 2011.
Bagpiper Kelley Fair has selected special music in honor of William Gammell, who was a Scot and a member of Holland Lodge, AF&AM. Jeff Monette, a singer with Houston Grand Opera, will lead the singing of the National Anthem and Texas, Our Texas. Harris County Judge Ed Emmett will bring us greetings and Larry Spasic, President, San Jacinto Museum of History Association, will give the keynote speech. The colors will be presented by the Texian
Volunteers, who will also fire a musket salute at each grave. All are invited to attend. Please let us know by Tuesday,
October 18 if you are coming, so we’ll know how many programs to print.
The public is invited to all marker dedications and to the HCHC quarterly meetings. Check our event calendar for more information.
LANTRIP ELEMENTARY MARKER DEDICATION
EASTWOOD ELEMENTARY SCHOOL WAS CONSTRUCTED IN 1916 ON LAND DEEDED BY WILLIAM A. WILSON, THE DEVELOPER OF EASTWOOD, ONE OF HOUSTON’S FIRST MASTER-PLANNED NEIGHBORHOODS. DESIGNED BY CITY OF HOUSTON ARCHITECT MAURICE SULLIVAN IN THE MISSION ARCHITECTURAL STYLE, IT WAS THE FIRST HOUSTON SCHOOL ARRANGED ON THE “COTTAGE PLAN,”
FEATURING CLASSROOMS OCCUPYING A SERIES OF FREE-STANDING PAVILIONS THAT WERE DESIGNED TO BE MORE “HOME-LIKE” AND LESS INSTITUTIONAL.
THE SCHOOL’S FIRST PRINCIPAL, DORA B. LANTRIP (1868-1951), SERVED IN THE POSITION FOR TWENTY-SIX YEARS AND WAS KNOWN FOR HER INNOVATIVE SCHOOL ADMINISTRATION. DURING WORLD WAR I, SHE DIRECTED THE STUDENTS’ PLANTING OF FLOWER AND VEGETABLE GARDENS AT
THE SCHOOL. EACH YEAR, LANTRIP’S STUDENTS ELECTED A “CITY COUNCIL,” “MAYOR,” AND “HEALTH INSPECTOR” TO INTRODUCE THEM TO THE GOVERNMENT PROCESS AND PUBLIC PARTICIPATION.
DURING THE SUMMERS OF THE 1920s AND 1930s, LANTRIP TRAVELED THROUGHOUT THE WORLD, BRINGING BACK SOUVENIRS AND COSTUMES THAT STUDENTS COULD TRY ON EACH FALL. THE SOUVENIRS LINED THE HALLS OF THE SCHOOL AND HELPED TO TEACH THESTUDENTS ABOUT WORLD GEOGRAPHY AND CULTURE. LANTRIP RETIRED IN 1942, AND THE SCHOOL
WAS RENAMED IN HER HONOR IN THE EARLY 1950s.
BEGINNING IN 1975, LANTRIP ELEMENTARY INSTITUTED AN ECOLOGY MAGNET PROGRAM TO ENCOURAGE STUDENTS FROM ALL BACKGROUNDS WITH AN INTEREST IN THE SPECIALIZED SUBJECT MATTER TO ATTEND. STUDENTS NOW GROW FLOWERS AND VEGETABLES IN THE CAMPUS GREENHOUSE,
PERPETUATING THE SCIENCE AND NATURE FOCUS FIRST INITIATED BY DORA B. LANTRIP.
Dr. Jesus de la Teja's keynote address at the Lorenzo de Zavala marker dedication.