Texas Furniture: New Finds, New Conclusions
Lonn Wood Taylor is a historian and writer who retired to Fort Davis, Texas, with his wife, Dedie, after a 20-year career at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. He received his bachelor of arts degree in history and government from Texas Christian University in 1961, and pursued graduate work at New York University before returning to Texas to enter the museum field. He served as curator and director of Winedale from 1973 to 1977. Taylor is the author of numerous articles and several books on the architecture and decorative arts of the Southwest, as well as The American Cowboy, co-authored with Ingrid Maar and published by the Library of Congress in 1983. With David Warren, Taylor co-authored the 1975 classic, Texas Furniture: The Cabinetmakers and Their Work, 1840–1880, universally recognized as the authoritative publication on the subject. Taylor's most recent book is The Star-Spangled Banner: The Making of a National Icon, published in 2008 by Smithsonian Books.
David Boardman Warren is an expert in decorative arts who, thanks to the foresight of Miss Ima Hogg, became curator of the Bayou Bend Collection in 1965. He became associate director of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, in 1974. He has written numerous works on American design, including The Gothic Revival Style in America, 1830–1870, which he co-authored with Katherine S. Howe. With Lonn Taylor, Warren co-authored the 1975 classic, Texas Furniture: The Cabinetmakers and Their Work, 1840–1880, universally recognized as the authoritative publication on the subject. Warren's most recent work is Bayou Bend Gardens: A Southern Oasis, published in 2006 by Scala Publishers, Ltd., in association with the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. Warren received his artium baccalaureatus (A.B.) degree from Princeton University in 1959 and his master's degree in Early American Culture from the University of Delaware in 1965. He serves as Board Trustee Emeritus of the du Pont Winterthur Museum and on the Advisory Panel for the Governor's Mansion in Austin.
Michaele Thurgood Haynes serves as curator at the Witte Museum in San Antonio and is responsible for anthropological interpretation and exhibit research. She previously served as curator of history and textiles at the museum, overseeing all historic material cultural artifacts, including decorative arts. Haynes has curated such exhibits as "The Art of the Circus," "Los Pastores," and "Buckskins and Bustles: Keeping Up Appearances on the Texas Frontier." She received her bachelor's degree and doctorate from The University of Texas at Austin in 1967 and 1993, respectively, and her master of arts degree from The University of Texas at San Antonio in 1985. Haynes' recent publications are "Mary Ann (Molly) Dyer Goodnight" in Texas Women on the Cattle Trails, published by Texas A&M University Press in 2007, and "Debutantes" in the Encyclopedia of Clothing and Fashion, published by Charles Scribner's Sons in 2004.