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May 22, 2013

Preservation Texas Newsletter

What's Happening Around Texas

Preservation Texas "Book It!" is Back!

The popular Preservation Texas “Book It!" membership promotion has returned just in time for summer reading! Join or renew at the $100 Texian or above member level and we will send you a free book from Texas A&M University Press, underwritten by PT board member Lynn Vogt. Book titles include "Historic Hotels of Texas," "Wire Cutters" and "Hill Country Back Roads" (while supplies last). There are so many great reasons, and benefits, to becoming a part of the Preservation Texas team, so sign up today!

Member Success Story

Welcome to our newest member who many of you have no doubt heard of—does PBS show
“The Daytripper” ring a bell? Host Chet Garner, his wife and their three children live in Georgetown, where Chet said he cherishes the warmth and creativity of the small town. His production company team operates in an office on the the award-winning Main Street Square, but you can usually find Chet traveling the great state of Texas, looking for the best BBQ, historic courthouses and dance halls to share with his viewers. He discussed the premise of his weekly program.

“It’s no secret that Texas is big. Well, actually Texas is HUGE! And exploring Texas ain’t no small vacation, it’s a lifetime endeavor. So, what if you had only one day to check some of the great places?  Well, that’s where we come in,” said Chet.

Chet was born in Comanche, TX, before spending first grade through high school in Port Neches. His love of Texas history began when he was a young boy. “Living in one part of Texas with my extended family in another part seven hours away, I got to travel a lot of Texas growing up. My parents would stop at historical markers along the way.  This really made an impression on me as a kid and it's where I learned to appreciate Texas,” he shared.

He eventually moved to Austin and worked at a law firm before pursuing his dream to make "The Daytripper” a full-time reality.
The show—and Chet—have become so popular that you can now buy “Daytripper” merchandise online or join the more than 17,000 FaceBook followers to keep up with what’s happening. “We've started to take folks on tours to recreate the magic of the show,” he said.

Chet wants to hear from PT members about the great places to see and things to do in your town, so reach out via Tweet @ChetTripper and or email at


Around the State


Help your Texas neighbors impacted by the recent tornadoes. Thanks to the Texas Downtown Association for sharing this link to more information about donations and services for those affected by the tornado in Hood County. 

Congratulations to everyone with Downtown Bastrop and Georgetown who made the Top 10 list! Read more.

Levelland Chamber of Commerce and Main Street Program is seeking Main Street Coordinator.  Submit resume to Levelland Chamber of Commerce, 1101 Ave H, Levelland, TX or


Celebration dedicates plaque on Fisk Building



Sat., May 25: The public is invited to attend the official unveiling of the Johnston Memorial Monument at Eastside Memorial High School, 1012 Arthur Stiles Road. A reception will follow the unveiling ceremony. For more information, contact Dan Arellano, President,

Johnston Memorial Committee at 512-826-7569 or

McKinney York Architects’ Rehabilitation of the iconic McGarrah-Jessee Building, one of Preservation Texas’ Most Endangered Places and winner of PT's 2012 Honor Award, received the Best Office Rehab Award from Austin Business Journal’s 2013 Commercial Real Estate Awards. 


Belton: 144-Year-Old Department Store Receives Award From State.



This year marks the 40th anniversary of the City of Dallas Historic Landmarks Program.  To celebrate Preservation Month, the Dallas Center for Architecture presents an exhibition on Dallas landmarks. For more information, contact Greg Brown, 214.742.3242 or


Preservation Dallas honors Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza, Dallas Morning News



Cooper Creek gets three new historical markers, Denton Record Chronicle



Isle's Landmark Commission names annual award winners Daily News - Galveston County



Art exhibit captures Harlingen history Valley Morning Star



Vote for Preservation Houston in the unique fundraising competition created by Organized Kollaboration on Restaurant Affairs (OKRA). Going on through Friday, May 31.


San Antonio

May 30, 5:30 – 6:30 pm: The Architecture of Villa Finale tour.  For ticket information, email or visit

News & Resources

The National Trust for Historic Preservation has some great “Heritage Traveler” ideas and packages for summer getaways. Check it out.

President Barack Obama has announced his intention to appoint Leonard Forsman, Chairman of the Suquamish Tribe, to the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation (ACHP) member position that represents an Indian tribe or Native Hawaiian organization.

Illustrated Guidelines on Sustainability for Rehabilitating Historic Buildings

United States Department of the Interior – National Park Service

City of Morrison wants downtown historic district – Morrison, IL

Historic preservation vs. tourism development on Mackinac Island – Mackinac, MI
Skift Travel


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