Heritage Honor Roll

Every individual, group and business has a story worth telling. A legacy story can be presented in text and through photographs, home movies and other video and audio mediums. It can also be published in multiple languages and include hyperlinks to other Web sites important to the honoree. The Heritage Honor Roll may contain more than one legacy story for an individual or a group—or the legacy story may appear in more than one language—because members have opted to recognize different contributions of the same individual or group or wanted to share the story in their native language.

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About the Heritage Honor Roll

Within the Heritage Honor Roll, individual honorees are listed alphabetically by last name. If included, maiden names appear between parentheses and nicknames appear between quotation marks. Group honorees are listed by the first letter of the group’s name. If the name starts with the word “The,” such as “The Anderson Trio,” it is alphabetized under the letter “T.” If the group is commonly called “Anderson Trio,” it is alphabetized under the letter “A.” The name of the sponsor appears in square brackets following the honoree’s name.

If an exact date of birth or death—or formation or disbandment—is not known, we add “c.” to indicate it is an approximation. If the individual is still alive or the group is still active, we leave the field blank. The honoree’s occupation, field, industry or profession is listed last.

Legacy stories reflect members’ views. Americans All does not vet these stories for accuracy. If you find content or language you deem offensive, please contact us.

To enable users to view all legacy stories, we preset the “Language” field to “-Any-.” To view all legacy stories on a specific honoree, add the honoree’s name in the appropriate field—individual or group– and click “Apply.” All legacy stories on that honoree will appear.

To find an individual or a group legacy on our Web site, type /node/ followed by its six-digit identification number as shown here: www.americansall.org/node/553031. The /node/number appears after the honoree’s information.

Last Name of Individual
First Name of Individual
Group Name
Language
State

German Immigration to Texas [Texas State Historical Association] (c.1830 - ?) Ethnic and Culture Group /node/564926

The largest ethnic group in Texas derived directly from Europe was persons of German birth or descent. As early as 1850, they constituted more than 5 percent of the total Texas population, a proportion that remained constant through the remainder of the nineteenth century. Intermarriage has blurred ethnic lines, but the 1990 United States census revealed that 1,175,888 Texans . . . 

Howard County Historical Society HCHS [Friends of HCHS] (c.1958 - ?) Historical Society /node/564992

Founded in 1958, the Howard County Historical Society is primary private repository of historical records and artifacts related to Howard County’s rich history, the Howard County Historical Society provides access to materials that aid in historical exploration, research and discovery for all ages and cultural groups.

Ireland's Great Hunger [Ancient Order of Hibernians] (c.1845 - c.1852) Social Studies Resource /node/564923

There are only two major instances of population decline in modern times that did not result from military retaliation—the Holocaust in Germany and the Great Hunger in Ireland. Neither was a response to a threat, but rather to bigotry and greed. Yet, after every storm, no matter how devastating, there shines a bit of light—and the light that came after these unwarranted tragedies were the survivors who  . . . 

John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum [Courtesy of the JFK Presidential Library and Museum] (c.1939 - ?) Library /node/565036

The Presidential Library system formally began in 1939 when President Franklin Roosevelt donated his personal and presidential papers to the Federal Government. At the same time, President Roosevelt pledged part of his estate at Hyde Park to the United States, and friends of the President formed a private, non-profit corporation to raise funds for the construction of the library and museum building.

Quesenberry-Jacobs [Quesenberry-Jacobs] (March 1982 - ?) Gay Rights Activists /node/553021

In 1982, Fay Jacobs, a writer, performer, public relations consultant and GLBT activist, met Bonnie Quesenberry, owner of a Baltimore Dental Laboratory who served her country with distinction in both the Army and Navy, have shared their lives as a couple for 34 years.

Ronald Reagan Presidential Library & Museum [Ronald Reagan Presidential Library & Museum] (November 21, 1988 - ?) Library /node/565038

At the groundbreaking ceremony for the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library, held on November 21, 1988, President Reagan proclaimed, “But I believe that scholars of good will . . . will judge our efforts well. But as for us, at present, we can only say this: we have done our best and we pray it has been enough.” At its conception, the future Reagan Library was faced with three major questions . . . 

Smithville Public Library, TX [Friends of the Smithville Public Library] (September 1929 - ?) Public Library /node/564979

At a meeting of the Woman's Club in September of 1929, the germ of an idea to establish a public library was proposed; followed by the search for a location. City officials granted space in the Council Chamber and Court Room for storage of books until a better site was determined. The original donation of books came from the private library of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Rodgers of the Upton community.

Smithville, Texas [Smithville Heritage Society] (c.1827 - ?) American Town /node/564947

Smithville, just off State Highway 71 and ten miles a of Bastrop in southeastern Bastrop County, was established by Thomas Gazeley, who in 1827 settled near the present site. Gazeley operated a store there until his death in 1853, and the community that sprang up around the store was named Smithville, after William Smith and his family. J. P. Jones and Frank Smith opened a store in the community in 1867 . . .  

Texas State Historical Association [Texas State Historical Association] (March 2, 1897 - ?) Social Studies Resource Supplier /node/564943

The TSHA is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization with a mission to foster the appreciation, understanding, and teaching of Texas history to encourage and promote research, preservation, and publication of historical materials. Handbook entries are written by volunteer historians and professionals, reviewed by TSHA staff, vetted by scholars, and approved by TSHA’s Chief Historian before appearing online.

Tournament of Noses [Noses Community] (c.1962 - c.1995) Annual Four-Day Golf Party /node/548133

In 1962, three foursomes put up $25 per man and drew two-man teams to play golf for the $300 pot. The event was so successful that the players decided to do it again the following year, setting up a committee to plan and lead it.

VFW Post 350 "Hells Bottom" [Americans All-Maryland] (February 23, 1921 - ?) Veteran Service Organization /node/434134

VFW Post 350, initialized February 23, 1921, is the second oldest VFW Post in Maryland. We were originally located in a member’s house on Maple Avenue, but in the l960s, in order to stay open seven days a week, we moved to 6420 Orchard Avenue in Takoma Park.

Lucian Adams [Texas State Historical Association] (October 26, 1922 - March 31, 2003) Medal of Honor Recipient, World War II /node/564934

Lucian Adams, Medal of Honor recipient and son of Lucian Adams, Sr., and Rosa (Ramírez) Adams, was born in Port Arthur, Texas, on October 26, 1922. The Adams family consisted of nine brothers and three sisters. Eight of his brothers served in World War II, and all returned home safe after the war. Lucian attended schools in Port Arthur . . . but dropped out of high school to help support his family.