Topics: Historical and Archeological Protection,
Wetlands, Billboards, Groundwater
Mrs. Whorton is an artist who has volunteered her time to work on
historic conservation, archeological research, billboard control,
wetland restoration, and other efforts.
During the 1970s, a
number of the historic Strand buildings were faced with demolition.
To recognize their value and preserve their future, she served on the board of the
Foundation, where she helped document more than 300 19th century
buildings in Galveston, and also promoted their history and beauty
through the "Dickens on the Strand" festival.
In the mid '70s,
she also participated in an archeological excavation on Galveston
Island's Eckert Bayou which found 16th century remains, possibly
related to the Cabeza de Vaca expedition.
The Eckert Bayou archeological site and
wetland area was faced at this time with harm by the Lafitte's Cove
Understanding the fragility of much
of the built and natural heritage of the Island, Mrs. Whorton
Scenic Galveston in
1992. In the years since, Scenic Galveston and Mrs. Whorton
have been involved in protection and restoration of 2500 acres of
intertidal salt marsh and coastal prairie at the northwestern
approach to the Island, as well as the control of unsightly
billboards and lights in the same area.
February 26, 2008
Eagle Lake, Texas
Reels 2412, 2413