Tarleton State University graduate students have finished their survey of nearly 200 historic sites in Glen Rose.
The students worked under the supervision of history teacher T. Lindsay Baker, Ph.D, and were enrolled in his historic preservation class.
Their project was part of a partnership between the Glen Rose and Tarleton. The city received a grant to fund surveying the historic sites and approached the university to conduct the actual research, photography and written documentation.
Karen Richardson, a member of the city's Preservation Board, said the survey will help identify which buildings are high-priority to preserve. The documentation also will help the city come up with design guidelines and a handbook to assist in preservation efforts.
"For example, it might say, here's a Queen Anne-style structure, here are the proper window treatments, here are the colors," Richardson said.
During the spring semester, the students prepared written descriptions and photographed the historic sites. The locations included commercial buildings, residences and institutions. The students also have documented riverside camps, historic swimming pools and the wood-frame, maple-floored roller skating rink at Oakdale Park.? In addition to describing and photographing the historic sites, the students also researched history at the Somervell County Heritage Center and records housed in the county courthouse and at the tax office.? "After completing a class like this, students will never see a town the same way again," Dr. Baker said. "As the students travel back and forth to Glen Rose, they often quip to each other, "See that high hipped roof" or "Take a look at that 1950s brick veneer."
Student David Buster said the survey revealed to him "aspects of history that might otherwise be overlooked" and showed the rich diversity of historic sites in Glen Rose.
Student Jennifer Brewster said she also learned a valuable lesson from the undertaking.
"Wear sunscreen," she advised.
Other grad students who participated in the project were Jamie Arlt, Patrick Crawford, Tina Felton, Grace Hardwick, Michael Hennech, Lindsey Light and Matthew Stephenson.