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20130705 Texas-Treasures-AwardAUSTIN – Follow the preservation success of Texas communities like Paris, Brownsville, Castroville, Georgetown, Mt. Vernon, Nacogdoches, San Marcos, and Waxahachie, and nominate your town for the 2014 First Lady’s Texas Treasures Award. The award will recognize one community in 2014 that utilizes multiple resources offered by the Texas Historical Commission (THC), as well as those of other organizations or state agencies, to support historic preservation initiatives. The winning community will be announced later in the year, and receive special signage and a video highlighting the community as a unique heritage tourism destination.

The First Lady’s Texas Treasures Award, now in its sixth year, recognizes the multifaceted preservation achievements of an entire community that understands the benefits of researching, identifying, and preserving the structures, archeological sites, and landscapes that emphasize an authentic sense of Texas place. A winner will be chosen by a committee comprised of staff members from the Office of the Governor and the THC.

Past winning communities employed their unique resources and personalities to demonstrate sustainable preservation stewardship related to the THC’s tools and programs, while showing broad support and leadership from volunteers, city officials, as well as cultural and historical groups. Their efforts and accomplishments have resulted in treasures saved, and local legacies shared, with all Texans.

The First Lady’s Texas Treasures Award promotes the unique heritage experiences of communities through special signage and a DVD. To see video clips of past award-winning communities, and a more detailed description of a community’s preservation achievements to aid in crafting your nomination, visit www.thc.state.tx.us. To submit a nomination for the 2014 award, contact April Garner with the THC’s Community Heritage Development Division at 512-463-6092. Nominations must be received by 5 p.m. on August 30.

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