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June 17, 2013

Preservation Texas Newsletter

What's Happening Around Texas



Office & Membership Manager Moving On

Terri Schexnayder, Office & Membership Manager, will leave our organization on Wed., July 3, to pursue her passions – teaching writing courses to adults and children and writing for Texas publications and marketing firms. I know you join me in thanking Terri for running the Austin office and for her tremendous contribution in working closely with our valued members.  Thanks, Terri, for all your time, talent and efforts!


Charlene Orr, Preservation Texas Board Chair

Executive Director on the Road Again


Anna Glover Hudson will be in Houston this week meeting with several of our partners in preservation, as well as checking in with some of PT’s Most Endangered Places. Houston has made significant progress in the preservation movement in the last year, with strong city leadership, formidable local advocacy groups and one of the best mid-century modern groups in the country. Keep up with Anna’s travels through Facebook and feel free to make suggestions on places to go, including great restaurants.

More Announcements

At the end of June, the Preservation Texas Board of Directors will meet in San Antonio and will have a special announcement to make regarding our annual Honor Awards. Thanks to the San Antonio Conservation Society for providing meeting space. As a statewide organization, Preservation Texas makes every effort to have meetings in different locations in Texas.


“Book it!” membership promotion still going on through the end of July. Review or join Preservation today at the $100 Texian membership level and get a wonderful summer read.



Charlene Orr currently serves as Preservation Texas Board Chair and has been an active board member of the organization since 2010. In her personal time, Charlene loves to tour the Texas back roads with her husband on their motorcycle, spend quality time with her children and grandchildren and attempt to quilt. Terri Schexnayder found out more about Charlene's pastimes and programs in her position as Manager of Historic Preservation, City of Mesquite/Historic Mesquite, Inc.


PT: Why do you feel historic preservation is important, especially in your area of Texas?


Charlene Orr: Mesquite is a suburb to Dallas in many ways and Kaufman County is rural.  Oftentimes, preservation is concentrated on the larger urban areas and we forget the jewels that can be found in the outer areas.  Historic preservation has always meant a sense of place to me and, without that place, I see so many people looking for a “home,” if you will.  By teaching local history regarding the people who came before us and by using the built environment as examples, preservationists pass on that sense of place. And that instills pride.


PT: How did you become involved in preservation?

CO:  I was looking for a change in my life.  After a stint in journalism, I wanted to pursue a way to be more a part of my community.  The City was looking to hire someone to administer to the local historical group and it was a match!  As I learned more about the elements of preservation, I became a total believer and have loved my job with the City of Mesquite and my wonderful non-profit board.  They have worked hand-in-hand to preserve two very important properties and continue to expand preservation programming.  I have been fortunate to receive training from some of the best preservationists in the country and I am continually amazed at how the entire movement adapts and plays a part in all aspects of life.


PT: What are the programs at Historic Mesquite, Inc., of which you are most proud?


CO: The organization is a member of several national, regional and statewide organizations and has been for many years. The relationship we’ve enjoyed with these organizations has given us the tools that allow  us to spend our time educating the public about the benefits of preservation,  to help us create a stronger local preservation ordinance, to be included in neighborhood revitalization and even be a player in the conservation programming of the City.   


Around the State


Preservation Austin’s Call for Nominations: Preservation Merit Awards


Corinth wins downtown designation, Houston Chronicle

Fort Worth

Fort Worth architects win design award from state society, Fort Worth Star Telegram



Galveston Island Tours plans Strand historic district walking tour, Daily News - Galveston County

Galveston Victorian Museum for Sale, NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth



Is The Dome A Historical Landmark? KUHF-FM


Southern Pacific 982 Steam Engine gifted to the Nau Center, Your Houston News

La Grange

La Grange Inn 'Endangered',


State and federal funding an option for area courthouse renovations,


San Antonio

1755 Virginia cabin considered for SA landmark, San Antonio Express


WALLACE: Falling in love with a local landmark, Seguin Gazette-Enterprise

Texas City

Petition filed to relocate Texas City cemetery, Your Houston News


June 20: Houston MOD invites you to Dr. Anat Geva on Frank Lloyd Wright's Sacred Architecture: Faith, Form, and Building Technology book presentation and reception. For more information, email or call 713.520.0155.

June 25: Join Preservation Dallas for the Intown Outing to the 1928 Woodrow Wilson High School, which received a 2013 Preservation Achievement Award for the extensive restoration work. RSVP

by e-mail or call 214.821.3290.

June 26: GuideStar’s Free Webinar Fundraising with Social Media” 

July 27: Preservation Austin invites you to register soon for the "Windows Rsstoration Workshop." Purchase limited $75 tickets online soon.


With major funding from NEH, Society of Architectural Historians (SAH) recently launched SAH Archipedia Classic Buildings, a free online encyclopedia of American architecture.  


Buildings of Texas, the first in a two-volume set documents Texas' architectural heritage from prestatehood days to the present and is part of Buildings of the United States, a 58-volume series produced by the Society of Architectural Historians and published by University of Virginia Press.

Special Offer Ends July 31: The Urban Design Handbook, Second Edition, based on Urban Design Associates’ in-house training procedures.To receive 20% off the list price from W&W Norton Company, please enter promotion code URDESIGN2 during checkout. To receive a printed catalog, email

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