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March 7, 2013

Preservation Texas Newsletter

What's Happening Around Texas

Preservation Day 2013 a Big Success Because of You!

Preservation Day 2013 is over and it wouldn't have happened without those of you who attended, volunteered and helped spread the word! And, of course, our wonderful Sponsors:


Alyson McGee, Burdine Johnson Foundation, Century Wood Windows, Danelle Baldwin Smith, Grit & Glory Preservation, Lynn Vogt, McDoux Preservation, and the San Antonio Conservation Society. Here’s what Anna Glover Hudson, PT Executive Director, shared:

“We had almost 90 attendees from all over this vast state with representation from the Panhandle to Corpus Christi, East Texas to El Paso. Thank you all for taking the time to come to the Capitol to let your lawmakers know how important historic preservation is in your community.  It was a full day with morning sessions at the State Theatre focusing on the importance of advocacy, along with some tips on how to interact with legislators.


The press event on the Most Endangered Places and the “I Love Texas Courthouses” campaign would not be hampered by less-than-perfect weather. There was an afternoon of meetings with key legislators who sit on budget committees and THC oversight committees. Funding for the Texas Historical Commission (THC) is always a key priority—for most Texans, working with the THC is their first interaction with professional preservationists. Then, the final gathering at Scholz Garten provided networking and some inspiration for preservationists from all walks touching on a variety of topics.”  Read more from Anna about Preservation Day.


Members, what’s happening in YOUR community? We need and want your stories for our newsletter and website. It's a great way to market your historic preservation efforts, your business and community to more than 2,500 folks! If you are interested in being interviewed for future issues, please email me.


Terri Schexnayder, Office & Membership Manager (


Mark your calendars for the Second Annual Texas Heritage Day celebration in Austin on Sat., March 23. We had the chance to talk with someone from Save Austin's Cemeteries, organizers of the event.

Barbara Surles, Treasurer, Save Austin’s Cemeteries (SAC), has served more than a year on the board, but her passion for old things began “at birth,” she noted.


“These historic items are tangible - someone in the 1800s worked hard to build and craft these things,” she explained.  “And to be able to see and touch today what someone 100+ years ago owned and loved is so fun.  With cemeteries, someone thought enough of the person they buried to make these fantastic tombstones, and now, no one in that family might be around to preserve them.  Save Austin's Cemeteries can be a hope for those buried in our historic cemeteries whose families aren’t around anymore to care for the lots.”


Barbara’s first connection with SAC came through her father-in-law, who saw and ad for the “Murder, Mayhem and Misadventure” walking tour one Halloween. “I left my stepson’s T-ball game to make the end of that tour in 2009,” said Barbara.


On Sat., March 23, you can experience the work of SAC and other nonprofits at the second annual Texas Heritage Day to be held at Oakwood Cemetery in Austin.


“Leslie Wolfenden, SAC Secretary and coordinator of this event, came up with the idea of Texas Heritage Day. She wanted to bring together many organizations who had common goals and interests,” said Barbara.  “Historically speaking, hosting this event at the Oakwood Cemetery is perfect, because you have notable Texans like Governor Hogg, his daughter Ima Hogg, and Susanna Dickinson, survivor of of the Alamo, buried there," she noted. "And, Abner Cook (Neill-Cochran House, Governor’s Mansion) is there, too!”


To find out more about how you can sponsor this event, contact Leslie, 512.363-8059, soon.


Around the State

March 8 Early Bird/Reduced Price deadline for the Texas Association of Museums Annual Meeting. Register Today!


Now through April 30 Enter the Texas State Parks Photography Contest! Enter your most inspirational state park photo(s) in the Texas State Parks Photo Contest.


The Texas Chapter of the Association for Gravestone Studies is up and running.  Contact Melissa @ if you are interested in becoming a member or would like information about AGS & its state Chapters. Find out more. 


What’s going on in Texas downtowns? Find out more from Texas Downtown Association.


March 23 The 2nd Annual “Texas Heritage Day: Six Degrees of Connection” hosted by the Save Austin’s Cemeteries, German-Texan Heritage Society, Preservation Austin, Neill-Cochran House Museum, Preservation Texas, and City of Austin Parks & Recreation Department. 

March 29 Neill-Cochran House Museum presents the free Annual Easter Egg Design Contest & Dye-O-Rama with Ukrainian egg demonstration/lessons by Katy David. Call 512.478.2335 for more information. 


April 10-11 The League of Historic American Theaters (LHAT) is hosting its regional conference. The theme is “Best Practices for Maximizing Revenues.” More available.  


El Paso

Big boom in downtown real estate, FOX 14
Downtown revitalization is happening in El Paso.


Businesses, city leaders rally to boost traffic throughout downtown, Community Impact Newspaper


Nacogdoches developer’s project saves the Main Theatre from wrecking ball, KTRE

San Antonio

April 6 The 200th anniversary of the founding of the First Constitutional Government of Texas celebration at the Spanish Governors Palace. Special guest appearance by Little Joe y La Familla. Bill Millet, PBS documentarian, will present “Texas before the Alamo.” Free and open to the public. Contact the Battle of Medina Society at    


Casa Navarro Seeks National Honor, San Antonio Conservation Society. The home of José Antonio Navarro will be nominated as a National Historic Landmark, the highest honor for a historic site.


Spring Branch

March 30 Texas Dance Halls Preservation Benefit, featuring Asleep at the Wheel. Find out about pricing for advance tickets.



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