Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Texas' Wonderful Courthouses

Presidio County Courthouse in
Marfa.  Restoration was part of the
THC's Courthouse Preservation Program
One of the most important programs at the Texas Historical Commission is their Courthouse Preservation Program.  With funding approved by the state legislature, the THC has provided valuable monetary and expert support to communities with historic courthouses.

"Texas has more historic courthouses that any other state. Today more than 235 courthouses still stand that are least 50 years old. About 80 were built before the turn of the 20th century. By the end of that century, most of these structures were significantly deteriorated due to inadequate maintenance, insensitive modifications or weather related damage. The Texas Historical Commission (THC) documented the condition of 50 of the state’s oldest courthouses in the late 1990s and determined that counties lacked the resources to preserve the buildings for future generations.


Providing assistance to counties reached a critical point when Texas county courthouses were added to the National Trust’s 11 Most Endangered Properties list in 1998. The state’s response was to create the Texas Historic Courthouse Preservation Program, the largest preservation grant program ever initiated by a state government. This nationally recognized preservation program has turned around the trend of disrepair and begun the process of restoring the state’s most treasured historic landmarks.

In support of the projects completed with state grant funds, the THC also created the Texas Courthouse Stewardship Program. It provides education and training to county staff for future preservation needs.

For information about the program, please click here or contact the Texas Historical Commission, Texas Historic Courthouse Preservation Program staff at 512.463-6094."

Texas has more historic courthouses that any other state. Today more than 235 courthouses still stand that are least 50 years old. About 80 were built before the turn of the 20th century. By the end of that century, most of these structures were significantly deteriorated due to inadequate maintenance, insensitive modifications or weather related damage. The Texas Historical Commission (THC) documented the condition of 50 of the state’s oldest courthouses in the late 1990s and determined that counties lacked the resources to preserve the buildings for future generations.
Providing assistance to counties reached a critical point when Texas county courthouses were added to the National Trust’s 11 Most Endangered Properties list in 1998. The state’s response was to create the Texas Historic Courthouse Preservation Program, the largest preservation grant program ever initiated by a state government. This nationally recognized preservation program has turned around the trend of disrepair and begun the process of restoring the state’s most treasured historic landmarks.
In support of the projects completed with state grant funds, the THC also created the Texas Courthouse Stewardship Program. It provides education and training to county staff for future preservation needs.
For information about the program, please click here or contact the Texas Historical Commission, Texas Historic Courthouse Preservation Program staff at 512.463-6094.
- See more at: http://www.thc.state.tx.us/preserve/projects-and-programs/texas-historic-courthouse-preservation#sthash.S1gZxrD2.dpuf

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Van Horn Twirlers!

Tommie Foster and Barbara (Pudgy) Munn Vick as Twirlers, Photograph, n.d.; digital image, (http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth13971/ : accessed July 21, 2014), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, http://texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Clark Hotel Museum, Van Horn, Texas.

Friday, July 18, 2014

On the BIG Screen at the Plaza Classic Film Fest!

The Matrix
12 Angry Men
Spartacus
The Kid
El Paso hosts a WONDERFUL film festival every year...showing classic films on the BIG 1930 screen.  They've got another great lineup again this year, don't miss it!   Visit the fest's website, and plan to attend August 7-17!

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Cutting the Ribbon on a Heritage Tourism Partnership Project: Jeff Davis County Library Terrace Project

Cyndee Barnes of the Friends of Jeff Davis County Library
cuts the ribbon on the Terrace during
Fort Davis' July 4th celebration
During the July 4th weekend, a wonderful heritage tourism partnership project held its ribbon-cutting and dedication ceremony, the Jeff Davis County Library's Terrace Project.

Community volunteers worked to clean up the area adjacent to the historic library building; and added a shade structure, benches, interpretive panels and WiFi, creating a comfortable 24-hour area for locals and travelers alike.

The project was one of the last recipients of the Texas Historical Commission's Heritage Tourism Partnership Grants, and our Texas Mountain Trail organization was happy to facilitate the relationship with the Friends of Jeff Davis County Library.
Beth Francell outlines the work done on the Terrace and
how it relates to the history of Jeff Davis County

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Viva Big Bend Festival, July 24-27!

Make your plans NOW to attend the Viva Big Bend Festival later this month, taking place in Alpine, Marathon, Marfa and Fort Davis....and this year, the bonus shows at Lajitas on July 22 and 23!

Click HERE to purchase tickets!!
Click here for the schedule, July 24-27!