2010-07-29 / General Stories

Nominate Your Community for the First Lady’s Texas Treasures Award

Follow the preservation success of Nacogdoches, San Marcos and Waxahachie and nominate your community for the 2011 First Lady’s Texas Treasures Award. The award will recognize one community in 2011 that utilizes multiple resources offered by the Texas Historical Commission (THC), as well as those of other organizations or state agencies, to support historic preservation initiatives. The winning community will be honored at the Texas Travel Industry Association’s Unity Dinner in February 2011 in Austin. The deadline for nominations is Sept. 10, 2010.

“It’s through important places and buildings –– like our grand courthouses, charming main streets, and historic downtowns that we get to share the story of Texas,” said First Lady Anita Perry. “The Texas Treasures Award recognizes communities that embrace the past for the benefit of future generations.”

The First Lady’s Texas Treasures Award, now in its third year, recognizes the multifaceted preservation achievements of an entire community that understands the benefits of researching, identifying and preserving the structures, archeological sites and landscapes that emphasize an authentic sense of Texas place by engaging citizens and visitors with those assets through events, outreach and education. A winner will be chosen by a committee comprised of staff members from the Office of the Governor and the THC.

“This award highlights communities that understand the economic, social and environmental benefits of the THC’s programs on contemporary civic life. Previous winners have been committed to saving their real places that tell many real stories of our state’s past,” said THC Executive Director Mark Wolfe. “We’re honored that the First Lady supports this initiative that protects unique treasures and showcases communitywide preservation efforts.”

Past winning communities employed their unique resources and personalities to demonstrate sustainable preservation stewardship related to the THC’s tools and programs, while showing broad support and preservation leadership from volunteers, city officials, as well as cultural and historical groups. Their efforts and accomplishments have resulted in treasures saved and local legacies and stories shared with all Texans.

To submit a nomination for the 2011 award, contact April Garner with the THC’s Community Heritage Development Division at 512.463.6092.

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