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January 23, 2013

Preservation Texas Newsletter

What's Happening Around Texas

Don't Miss Preservation Day!

Have you registered for Preservation Day on Feb. 20 in Austin? If not, go online today and sign up to join other historians, preservationists, graduate students and community leaders at this 2013 event! 

Every other year, when the legislative session comes to town, Preservation Texas hosts this special day as a way to:

  • Provide educational and networking opportunities (Contact your legislator soon to make an appointment on Feb. 20, 1 – 4 p.m.)
  • Highlight PT’s programs, such as this year’s “10 Years of the Most Endangered Places”(MEP) celebration—with success stories and lessons learned from MEP sites across the state.  
  • Provide updates from industry spokespersons: Mark Wolfe, Director of the Texas Historical Commission and Gerald Moorehead, FAIA.
  • Get members and non-members together to share best practices and preservation news

We couldn't produce these annual events without our sponsors, so a big Texas "Thank You" to our first underwriters:


Alyson McGee, Austin

The San Antonio Conservation Society

Lynn Vogt, Dallas

Sponsorships are still available, so contact Anna Hudson at soon for more details. Volunteers are also needed for the morning setup/registration at the State Theatre; the Press Event on the Capitol steps at noon; and, the afternoon session at Scholz Garten.

Please let us know how you can help make Preservation Day a huge success and thank you very much,


Terri Schexnayder

Office & Membership Manager (

Member Stories

Enjoy this week’s Q & A with Margarita Araiza, Executive Director, Webb County Heritage Foundation, Laredo, and Preservation Texas Board Member/Secretary.


PT Staff: Why do you feel historic preservation is important, especially in the Webb County area?


Margarita Araiza: Historic preservation is important in the South Texas border region because it is the home of such a wealth of history. For example, did you know that the area around Laredo was once its own country? It was called The Republic of the Rio Grande, with its own president and cabinet, Capitol building (still standing in Laredo) and flag. Unfortunately, much of our region’s history has been excluded from formal history lessons of Texas. It’s up to us to make those stories known and advocate for education about our own local heroes, origins, communities’ military and political struggles, and ancestors’ cultural values and accomplishments.

PT: How did you get involved/become passionate about preservation?


MA: I have to confess that my passion for historic preservation came about late in life. When I first started comprehending the level of determination and sheer courage it took for the region’s early settlers to eke out a living in this terrain—and, then, withstand the onslaught of harsh geography, punishing climate and attacks from hostile nomads—I had a surge of pride and astonishment at their accomplishments. I felt indebted to them, and challenged to take up their commitment to this place and everything they left for us.


PT: What are some of your preservation programs of which you are most proud?


MA: Without a doubt, the most gratifying program we have been a part of creating is the “Laredo History” course now being taught at the high school level in our local school districts. With the funding of a local philanthropic trust and the cooperation of many local educators, this project was developed and initiated in 2011. For the first time ever, Laredo history is being taught to Laredo students.


There’s no greater reward than hearing the kids say they loved visiting our museums and are thinking of pursuing a history degree in college. Education is the source of all our historic preservation goals and knowledge of the stories leads to appreciation of the places, architecture and traditions.  The Webb County Heritage Foundation has been able to forge some crucial partnerships in our community – with educational institutions, local philanthropists, city and county government, and with our preservation partners across the border in Mexico.


Around the State

Military History | Texas Historical Commission
Texas has a unique military history reflecting its stages of growth and the governments that have contributed to its development.

Texas Historical Commission seeks “courthouse love” The Light and Champion


Jan. 31, 2013, 6:30 p.m.: The McFaddin-Ward House Museum invites you to attend a book signing and discussion on Just Between Us: Stories and Memories from the Texas Pines. Call (409) 832-1906 for more information on this free event.

College Station

March 1 – 2, 2013: Center for Heritage Conservation, Texas A&M University, Symposium. Find out more and how to register.

National News

"I Love Texas Courthouses"

The National Trust for Historic Preservation Announces Month-Long Campaign to Celebrate Texas’ Historic Courthouses: The Public Invited to Share Photos, Stories and Appreciation as part of “I Love Texas Courthouses” Campaign

Throughout February, the National Trust, the Texas Historical Commission (THC) and Preservation Texas invite the public to show their love for these iconic places.

Find out more.


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