Dear Texas Enthusiast, I just received this letter from J.P. Bryan, and I couldn't wait to share it with you. J.P. is a trustee here at Texas State Historical Association, and he's a sixth-generation Texan whose family roots reach back to Stephen F. Austin and the founding of Bryan, Texas. J.P.'s love of the Lone Star State is contagious, which is why I wanted to make sure that you saw his letter. I know you'll enjoy reading J.P.'s story as he explains his love for the great state of Texas. --Kent ------------ From: J.P. Bryan To: Kent Calder Subj: The preservation and promotion of Texas history As a sixth-generation Texan whose lineage can be traced all the way back to Stephen F. Austin,
I am passionate about preserving the rich and dynamic history of this great state.
As Texans, we share in a common heritage, the greatest history of any state in the Union. It was forged over hundreds of years by thousands of heroes, both visible and invisible, of all races, genders, and professions. It is a history both vivid and compelling. It includes the historically significant battles of the Alamo and San Jacinto and displays of uncommon heroics and courage by the Texas Rangers in the Mexican-American War and the soldiers from Texas in the Civil War. The modern cattle and horse industries have their foundations in Texas. Almost every major oil company has roots in Texas, and most industry-related technology advances were developed and perfected here.
That is why the Texas State Historical Association (TSHA) is so important.
My family roots can be traced back to the original founders of the TSHA. And I can tell you from experience
that no other organization does a better job researching, preserving, and sharing our state's unique history.
The history of Texas is more than a series of interesting and heroic outcomes. It is about the effort to stand up for the values Texans hold dear
freedom, independence, and family
and for which they would give their lives if necessary.
We believe that this history makes you uniquely proud when asked where you are from, and you respond, "I am from Texas." Our history is not a recital of where we have been, or even where we are now, but a foundational inspiration for all that we can be.
We believe that all Texans who have benefited from our history have a sacred charge to keep in passing it on to future generations.