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March 27, 2013

Preservation Texas Newsletter

What's Happening Around Texas

Get Ready: May is Preservation Month

Organizations and communities across Texas will take the time to celebrate their history and historic places. This year’s theme, created by the National Trust for Preservation (NTP), is “See! Save! Celebrate!” Click here to download high-res versions of the logo for use in your local marketing efforts. Preservation Texas wants to promote your event, so please send me your event links and photos. Here are a few promotional ideas from NTP:

Community Service Opportunities: Possible projects might include a clean-up day at a local house museum or along a historic Main Street. Consider partnering with other local nonprofit organizations in your area to sponsor the event. This will allow you to forge new relationships to build on in the future and will also provide an opportunity to attract new volunteers that may not be familiar with your organization or site.

Demonstration Projects: Many people who own a historic property enjoy learning more about restoration techniques and new products. Consider hosting lectures, workshops, or demonstrations for historic home owners. Topics might include how to select appropriate paint colors, proper methods to repair older windows, plant choices for historic garden styles, or ideas for improving energy efficiency in older homes.

Special Events: Host building tours, open houses, living history events, and special exhibits for your members and potential new members or supporters. Sponsor a photography contest and post the photos on your website or ask folks to send in letters about their favorite local landmark. Don’t forget to take advantage of social media. (Use Instagram, Pinterest, and Twitter – hashtag for Preservation Month 2013 is #presmonth).

Let me hear from you soon,

Terri Schexnayder
Office & Membership Manager (


The Magnolia Hotel, built in 1838, sat vacant in downtown Seguin for more than the fifteen years, when Mary Jo Filip, City of Seguin Main Street Program Director, came into her current position. The Hotel’s history is rich and unique; for example, it is one of only twenty of the area’s surviving limecrete buildings, an innovative construction method that used local gravel. Mary Jo gives the majority of credit for saving the Magnolia Hotel to former Preservation Texas board member, Janice Woods Windle.


“The previous owners were anxious to find someone who would preserve this landmark. They had offered it to various nonprofits, but the task of restoring was too daunting for those organizations,” explained Mary Jo. “In the summer of 2011, Janice suggested the PT board hold their meeting in Seguin and the rest is history,” explained Mary Jo.


When the PT board members first saw the hotel, reportedly “there was a universal gasp,” said Mary Jo. This connection brought a new level of awareness to the Hotel’s plight. Janice’s brother Woody and Mary Jo nominated the Magnolia Hotel for the Preservation Texas 2012 Most Endangered Places (MEP).


“Winning a place on the 2012 MEP list was a major re-igniting of energy towards the restoration of this property,” she noted. “We received great statewide media coverage during the Annual Preservation Summit.”


The next step, Mary Jo shared, was promoting the Hotel as her Main Street Program project during May 2012 Preservation Month. With the help of Realtor Bill Bender, they created a video that tapped into Seguin residents’ stories about their connection with the hotel. Less than a year later, the dream has become a reality – the sale of the Magnolia Hotel has just closed with new owners Erin and Jim Ghedi, who have a preservationist ethic.


“The success of the 2012 MEP Award and now, the sale of this beautiful place, are what I am most proud of,” said Mary Jo. “We needed a bit of a miracle on this one, and when you create the energy around projects, such as this, it happens!”



Around the State


Find out what’s going on in Texas downtowns and more about registering for the 2013 TDA Conference in Bastrop, November 2013.


Brynly Hawkins is looking for Texas successes and best practices in historic preservation (advocacy and marketing – new and different). She is council member of Heritage Halton Hills, a small community about 45-min NW of Toronto, Canada. She is researching ways HHH might use to be more proactive in protecting heritage properties (immediately threatened or not). Let’s show our preservation friend the great Texas hospitality we are known for--email Brynly with your ideas at


April 4: The University of Texas at Austin Student Historic Preservation Association “2013 Meet and Greet.” For more information and to RSVP by April 1, email


April 2: JOB CLOSING FOR Director of Tourism, City of Buda. Please Visit the City of Buda website for complete details on the position.

East Texas

Documentary made on historic East Texas theater, San Antonio Express
The works of Charlie Chaplain, John Wayne, Marilyn Monroe, James Dean, Tom Hanks and countless others have entertained generations of people in the building, in the heart of downtown.



College Park neighborhood recommended for historical designation, Victoria Advocate



April 19, 20,21: Houston Modern Market Week Preview Party and Market Days will be at Winter Street Studios for a weekend of fun. Tickets for Friday night, April 19, Preview Party are $50 each and include admittance for the entire weekend market. Saturday April 20, and Sunday April 21, Modern Market tickets are $10 each. Tickets online or at the door of many locations.


Texas Historical Commission Honors Lockhart Timepiece Museum: THC recognized Southwest Museum of Clocks & Watches President Gene Galbraith.


Mesquite Street adobe's unique journey, Las Cruces Bulletin

Bits of Interest & Resources

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