Last chance for THC award nomination

AUSTIN — December is the final month to show appreciation for your local preservationists with a nomination for one of the Texas Historical Commission's (THC) numerous preservation awards.

The awards will be presented at the agency's annual conference held in Houston, April 22- 24, 2010.

The THC honors individuals and organizations committed to sav ing the real stor ies of Texas and our state's historic treasures.

Two of the most prestigious awards are the Ruth Lester Lifetime Achievement Award and the Curtis D. Tunnell Lifetime Achievement Award in Archeology. Other awards include the Anice B. Read Award of Excellence in Community Heritage Development, the George Christian Outstanding Volunteer of the Year Award and the Award of Excellence in Media Achievement.

December is also the last opportunity for students to submit their applications for the T HC 's Preser vat ion Fellows Program. The program strives to increase the diversity of professionals working in the field of historic preservation and targets undergraduate and graduate students to promote their interest in pursuing fields of study in history, preservation, architecture, landscape architecture, archeology, downtown revitalization and heritage tourism.

In addition, the THC recognizes Texas history authors with the T.R. Fehrenbach Book Award. Named in honor of historian and THC Commissioner Emeritus T.R. Fehrenbach, the award recognizes writing based on original research that preserves, records and recounts the prehistory or history of the state. Books submitted for the award must have a 2009 copy right date and a minimum print run of 200.

The deadline for preservation award nominations is 5 p.m. on Dec. 11. Final submissions for the Preservation Fellows Program and the T.R. Fehrenbach Book Award are due by 5 p.m. on Dec. 31.

To obtain a complete listing of awards available and a nomination form for submissions visit

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