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March 21, 2013

Preservation Texas Newsletter

What's Happening Around Texas

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MEMBER SUCCESS: Heading out West

Go to the Fort Chadbourne website and the tale of this West Texas landmark begins, “It would be hard to tell its story with a few simple paragraphs. The military years blend together with the Native Americans striving to hold on to their homeland. John Butterfield chose the post as a major stop for his Overland Mail Company because of the protection it held. Texas troops secured the Fort at the outbreak of the Civil War, and many men mustered into the Confederacy upon its grounds.

Lana and Garland Richards are ranchers and founders of the Fort Chadbourne Foundation, winner of Preservation Texas 2003 “Historic Restoration Award.” Their endless hours of volunteer time making the restoration of the Texas treasure a reality (an impossible undertaking some said) to now running the day-to-day operations, provides great satisfaction for the Richards.


“Lana and I were told at the first meeting in 1999 that we could not accomplish the goals set by the Board of Directors – 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,” said Garland, president of the Foundation. 


Fourteen years later, the beautiful Fort Chadbourne Visitors Center opened as a result of a $2 million gift. Lana, who left her utility job of 13-plus years to join her husband’s work, serves as secretary/treasurer of the Foundation. She shared eight generations of the same family have lived at Fort Chadbourne.

“The Fort, which has the only restored Butterfield Stage Stop in Texas, is named for Theodore Lincoln Chadbourne. We’ve had some Chadbournes come through here, just thrilled with what we have done in their ancestor’s name,” said Lana.

The Richards, staff and board members are preparing for the annual Fort Chadbourne Days: Living History. On May 3-4, 2013, historians will bring the Fort to life with artillery and cavalry drills, hay rides to see the buffalo, black powder shoot, spinners, Native American displays and more. “Friday is school day and we expect anywhere from 1,200 to 1,500 students to come,” Lana shared.

Proving that historic preservation is important, and achievable with the support of dedicated board members and donors, such as Larry Gill with Dodge Jones Foundation, who gave them their first grant, Lana and Garland are role models for what can happen in Texas preservation.


“Those connected with Fort Chadbourne are our forefathers who came before us. We need to honor them and see where we came from, understand the hardship they went through to provide such amazing things for us like our land and freedom,” said Lana.


Around the State


May 12: In celebration of National Preservation Month and Texas Travel and Tourism Week, the Texas Historical Commission (THC) will offer FREE admission to historic sites.

Texas Historical Commission charges ahead with a new vision, Austin American-Statesman

Join the outside birthday chorus, celebrating the 50th anniversary of Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, which was created by the merger of the Texas Game and Fish Commission and the State Parks Board in 1963.


Bryan/College Station

Preservation efforts at historic sites throughout Texas were highlighted at the Texas A&M Center for Heritage Conservation’s annual Historic Preservation Symposium, March 1-2.

Dwayne Jones, executive director of the Galveston Historical Foundation and Preservation Texas board member, kicked off the discussion with a keynote address.

Corpus Christi

City planners help developers see potential in Corpus Christi’s oldest neighborhoods – Corpus Christi,The Caller


Forney Downtown Business Association is moving forward – Forney, In Forney


Deadline March 29: Preservation Dallas needs donations for their April 6 “Dallas Spring Cleaning Sale” to benefit the organization. Please bring to their office or call 214-821-3290 to make arrangements.  


Fort Worth

Fort Worth preservation group sues to save century-old mansion, WFAA



April is MODern Month in Houston and around the state, so check out all the wonderful events during this month-long celebration, including:


Housing Tomorrow Exhibit

Lecture: Architectural Genealogy by Yoshiharu Tskamoto & Momoyo Kaijima,

Mod House Party (3007 South Braeswood Blvd. in Houston)

Centennial Tour- Rice Design AllianceTour 10 residences designed by Rice School of Architecture faculty

Downtown Houston Walking Tour


Marketing on a Shoestring 101:  Make the right choice, Fox Small Business Center

Communities Foundation of Texas announces four grant application opportunities for nonprofit organizations serving North Texas:



Click here for eligibility requirements and guidelines.


The National Preservation Institute educates those involved in the management, preservation, and stewardship of cultural heritage. The 2013 National Preservation Institute seminar schedule is now available online at

Register for the 2013 April Development Seminar Series: Presented by the Texas Historical Commission (THC) with the support of the Friends of the THC.

May 2-4, 2013: CAMBRIDGE, MA: Several Greater Boston educational, historical, and cultural organizations are collaborating to present Freedom Rising: The 150th Anniversary of The Emancipation Proclamation and African American Military Service in the Civil War. Visit for more information. 


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