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Jan. 10, 2013

Preservation Texas Newsletter

What's Happening Around Texas

News from Preservation Texas Office

Congratulations to Anna Hudson (formerly “Glover”) who joins Preservation Texas as Executive Director. She formerly served as a board member for our organization, contributing on the Advocacy and Organization Visibility Committees. Anna assisted on PT's outreach programs, including Preservation Day, the Texas Preservation Summit and the Most Endangered Places announcement.  She began her career in historic preservation in the San Antonio Office of Historic Preservation. Her last role was Principal Planner overseeing the offices outreach and education initiatives including The Amazing Preservation Race and the Go!Historic SA Guided Tours.  Anna is a firm believer that an understanding of local history and the built environment is key to preservation advocacy. 

She completed coursework in the Masters of Community and Regional Planning with a certificate in Historic Preservation at the University of Texas.  She has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Memphis in Spanish and International Business.

Currently, she plans to work from her hometown, but visit the PT office often. Her primary focus for now is fundraising and planning 2013 Preservation Day, scheduled for Wed., Feb. 20, in Austin. See more on this event under "Preservation Day Plans." Please join me in welcoming her and feel free to contact her directly at

Best wishes,
Terri Schexnayder
Office & Membership Manager

Member News

Jerry Johnson is a man who wears many hats in West Texas. Treasurer of the Friends of Fort Davis National Historic Site, Living History Interpreter for the Calvary Trooper, owner of an awards engraving/promotional business, and a pharmacy technician. Oh, yes, and he has served, since 2010 as an elected member of The Texas Silver-Haired Legislature, charged with protecting and expanding the rights of senior citizens in the state.


I serve the Rio Grande Council which includes parts of West Texas. You have to be 60 years or older to run and serve. We meet in the House Chamber at the Capitol and propose resolutions, such as the one to increase the monthly stipend given to residents of nursing homes,,” explained Johnson.

When asked why he felt historic preservation is so important,, Johnson becomes passionate about his mission and that of the Friends. “Forts, whether in Fort Davis or other places, were once charged with the mission of protecting settlers when they came to these places. Many people trekked along the Overland Trail, for example, on their way to California to find a better way of life,” he said.  “Our past is being lost and we bring in school groups from all over the little towns to experience a Christmas environment at forts—instill in their minds what it was like to have Xmas like this.”


Famous Texans have connected with this military landmark throughout history, such as Henry Flipper, the first black graduate from West Point, who was stationed at Fort Davis. “A lot of people who trace their lineage to this part of the world were once stationed here,” noted Johnson.

The Friends of Fort Davis funded a major restoration of the 1876 Post Hospital, have begun reconstruction of The Fort Davis Museum (to be completed this year), and look forward to restoring and re-working the Visitor Center.


“What I would really like to do is restore the cemetery, which is highlighted on our foot tours. Would be really neat to put in some tombstones,” said Johnson. “But, I’ve been working on that goal for 10 years!" For more information on how you can get involved in the West Texas preservation efforts, contact the Friends.


Around the State

We want your Success Stories and preservation events to promote in our E-News. Must have at least two weeks in advance with a link for more information.

The Houston Archaeological and Historical Commission, Education Committee, has recently developed an activity book Houston Lives On: An Adventure in Historic Preservation, for elementary students at for more information.

Funding/Grants Available


Feb. 1 Deadline: The National Trust Preservation Fund is specifically interested in identifying potential applicants and projects in Texas where grant funding is currently available. Grants from the National Trust Preservation Funds encourage preservation at the local level by providing seed money for planning and education projects.  All requirements and grant guidelines. Or, contact the grants office at

The Graham Foundation

The Graham Foundation seeks to fund organizations that are conducting programs related to architecture. Go to

Spring Foundation (Dallas/Ft. Worth Only)

The Sprint Foundation supports organizations focused on education, arts and culture, youth development and community development. 

Institute of Museum and Library Services – National Leadership Grants for Museums

These grants support projects that address current and future needs of museums and that have the potential to advance the field so that museums can improve services for the public.

Institute of Museum and Library Services – Museums for America

This program is designed to strengthen the ability of an individual museum to serve the public more effectively by supporting high-priority activities that advance its mission, plans and strategic goals and objectives.

Plum Creek Foundation (Bowie, Cass, Marion & Red River Counties Only)

The foundation provides funding for organizations that are improving the quality of life in their communities by providing services that might not otherwise be available to residents.

The 83rd
Legislative Session has begun and your state elected officials are back in Austin.  Make plans to attend PRESERVATION DAY on Wed., Feb. 20, 2013.  For more than 20 years, Preservation Texas (PT) has hosted an annual event for preservationists to come together to inspire us in our efforts to preserve Texas’ historic resources. 
Preservation Day is a time for supporters of preservation to come together at the Texas Capitol to speak up for the importance of historic preservation efforts across the state.  This year PT is proud to partner with the National Trust for Historic Preservation and the Texas Historical Commission to highlight the “I Love Texas Courthouses” campaign as we look back at 10 years of Most Endangered Places. 

So make plans today and make appointments with your state elected officials, 1:30-4:00 on Feb. 20. Registration will be posted next week, but here is the tentative schedule:

 Morning Session at State Theatre, 721 Congress Ave.

8:30am: Registration/Coffee

9:00: Speaker (TBD)

9:30: 2013 PT Advocacy Agenda       

10:00: How to talk to your Legislators 11:00: Adjourn for lunch on your own

Press & Capitol Events 

12:30pm: Press Event on So. Capitol Steps

1:30: Meet in Rotunda to visit legislators


Afternoon Session at Scholz Garten, San Jacinto and 17th St.

4:00: MEP Stories and Lessons Learned

4:30: Courthouse stories (TBD with NTHP)

5:00: Reception/Networking

Email for more details and look for registration online soon!


The 2013 National Preservation Institute seminar schedule is now available. The 2013 NPI News Release includes the calendar and seminar descriptions.


"Arts Organizations and Digital Technologies." A report by the Pew Internet and America Life Project.

The case for walkability as an economic development tool.

 "Nonprofit Storytelling with Infographics." John Hayden. 

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