Give thanks for local preservationists

AUSTIN—As we take time to give thanks this month, remember to show appreciation for your local preservationists with a nomination for one of the Texas Historical Commission's (THC) numerous preservation awards. The awards w ill be presented at the agency's annual conference held in Houston, April 22- 24.

The THC honors individuals and organizations committed to saving the real stories of Texas and our state's historic treasures. The A nice B. Read Award of Excellence in Community Heritage Development recognizes an individual or organization for exemplary work in downtown rev it a li zat ion, pre ser vat ion planning and heritage tourism. Dedication to this work serves to promote the economic impact of historic preservation in Texas. The award is named in honor of former THC member and founder of the Texas Main Street Program, Anice B. Read.

Another award, the George Christian Outstanding Volunteer of the Year Award, acknowledges exemplary volunteer service to historic preservation efforts in Texas. The award remembers Texas political consultant and THC member George Christian, who also served as President Lyndon B. Johnson's press secretary.

Other awards include the Ruth Lester Lifetime Achievement Award, Curtis D. Tunnell Lifetime Achievement Award in Archeology and the Award of Excellence in Media Achievement.

The deadline for nominations is 5 p.m. on Dec. 11, 2009. For more guidelines contact the THC's History Programs Division at 512- 463-5853. To obtain a complete listing of awards available and a nomination form for submissions visit

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