Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Juniper Hairstreak

One of the Desert Rat campers at Chihuahuan Desert Nature Center took this photo, and their Education Coordinator wrote us with this:

"Desert Rat campers found this Juniper hairstreak (Callophrys gryneus) on one
of the beargrass flower stalks."

We're seeing more butterflies in the region....have you seen any? 

Friday, July 25, 2014

What's playing at the Plaza Classic Film Festival this summer?

What's playing at the Plaza Classic Film Festival in downtown El Paso, August -17?
Wizard of Oz plays on the big 1930 screen in the restored
Plaza Theatre in downtown El Paso during the Plaza Classic Film Festival

Office Space
The Seven Year Itch
Invasion of the Body Snatchers
This summer, don't miss the opportunity to see classic films on the big 1930 screen at the Plaza Theatre in downtown El Paso as part of the Plaza Classic Film Festival, August 7-17!   Click here for the schedule.  Click here to purchase tickets!

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.