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February 19, 2013

Preservation Texas Newsletter

What's Happening Around Texas

Preservation Day is tomorrow: Wed., Feb. 20!

Many of you will be in Austin tomorrow to participate in Preservation Day 2013, when our members and other attendees will advocate for historic preservation through personal visits with their legislators; learn best practices from around the state through PT's educational sessions; and, celebrate 10 Years of Texas' Most Endangered Places (MEP) on the steps of the Capitol.

Online registration is now closed, but you can register in person when doors open at 8:30 a.m. on Wed., Feb. 20, at the State Theatre on Congress Avenue! If you cannot make this event, please stay tuned for photos and other highlights on our website and in future newsletters. And, continue to champion for historic preservation in Texas! Find your Texas House Representative.

Thank you to
our wonderful Preservation Day sponsors for their support:

Alyson McGee, Austin

Burdine Johnson Foundation

Century Wood Windows

Danelle Baldwin-Smith

Grit & Glory Preservation

McDoux Preservation

The San Antonio Conservation Society

Lynn Vogt, Dallas

Be sure and join Preservation Texas to take advantage of more 2013 happenings and benefits.


Terri Schexnayder

Office & Membership Manager (


Catherine Sak, Executive Director of the Texas Downtown Association since 2007, shares offices with the Preservation Texas team in Austin. While Catherine is very passionate about promoting the vitality and growth of Texas downtowns for TDA’s estimated 400 members, she and her family of five also love exploring the swimming holes of our state.


Q: What else are you passionate about?


A: I love to cook, especially healthy dishes that uses local ingredients. My husband and children are involved in the preparation and eating!


Q: What motivated you to get into this industry?


A: My background is urban planning and I have lived in a number of cities and towns – always been drawn to unique commercial districts and downtown areas. And, as a child of the '70s, I saw the ill effects of urban renewal in action.


Q: As ED, what project or aspect of your job do you find most rewarding?


A: Our annual conference is always a great opportunity to learn and become exposed to new ideas. But my favorite part of this job is visiting with our members and discussing their goals and vision for their communities.


Be sure and check the TDA website for more information on the 2013 Conference to be held in Bastrop, November 5-8, 2013.



Around the State

Preservation Makes Sense: These real numbers tell the real story about the Texas Historical Commission's ( THC) positive effect on Texas' economy.

Center City of Amarillo commended by Texas Historical Commission,
THC has again recognized Center City of Amarillo for annual progress as a designated Main Street community.


March 1: Austin Parks Foundation’s biggest city-wide volunteer event, 10am-1pm.  Join Save Austin Cemeteries to volunteer or contact for more information.


March 1: Nominations Due to Preservation Dallas for “14th Annual Achievement Awards.”

For more information, contact Donovan Westover at 214-821-3290.

San Antonio
San Antonio Conservation Society announces book winners, My Lonn Taylor and David B. Warren have updated and revised their definitive, Ima Hogg-inspired 1975 book.


National News

The National Trust for Historic Preservation would like to hear from recipients of National Preservation Conference local scholarships.  Specifically, they are reaching out to scholarship recipients to find out how attending the Conference affected their preservation learning, career and networking, among other topics. If you would like to provide your testimonials, send  to

March 8: Deadline for Nominations. The National Trust for Historic Preservation celebrates the best of preservation by presenting the Richard H. Driehaus National Preservation Awards. Access forms at, call 202.588.6315 or Email:

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