Messages from the Fort Chadbourne Foundation
Garland Richards, President of the
Fort Chadbourne Foundation.
“The Fort Chadbourne project is something that should not have happened. Lana and I were told from the beginning that we could not accomplish the goals set by the Board of Directors, at the first meeting in 1999. We were told that the only way to restore a historic site was to relinquish control of the Fort to a federal or state agency, who had funding and expertise to do a project like this.”— Garland Richards
Lana Richards, Secretary/Treasurer of
the Fort Chadbourne Foundation.
“History is something I thought was names and dates you had to read in school to take a test on. I liked history but did not study. Garland has always said you have to touch history for a transformation to take place from your hand to your brain. When I married Garland and became involved in the ranching and then the Fort itself, it was so interesting with all the family ties. Garland’s dream became mine as well. When you get to take part in archeology, watch the
reconstruction, and work on a visitor center museum and see a huge project come to life; it is a rewarding challenge. I never dreamed of being a part of a legacy that will continue on. I am so proud of the accomplishments of Fort Chadbourne and hope that everyone who visits will feel a part of it too. Garland and I are very thankful to all who have participated (large and small) in making
this dream come to life and to any future participant in helping the continuation of this wonderful part of Texas History!”
— Lana Richards