The History of Preservation Texas

Preservation Texas, Inc. was incorporated in December 1985

Leaders from nonprofit preservation groups around the state of Texas met in Austin to discuss the vacuum created by the demise of the Texas Heritage Council, an arm of the Texas Historical Foundation. With its initial trustees at the helm—James T. Bratton (Dallas), Peter Brink (Galveston), and Janet Francis (San Antonio)—Preservation Texas, Inc. (PT) was incorporated in December 1985.

In 1997, Preservation Texas received a Statewide Initiative grant from the National Trust for Historic Preservation to build organizational capacity. Formerly operating with an all-volunteer team, PT now was able to hire a full-time staff member, raise matching funds from foundations and individuals, and open an office in Austin.

In 1998, Preservation Texas was named a Statewide Partner of the National Trust—recognizing PT as the preeminent organization to lead preservation efforts in Texas. PT is now governed by a Board of Directors that oversees, with PT staff, these important programs:

Current Programs

Texas’ Most Endangered Places Program (MEP)

Advocacy and Preservation Day/Preservation Summit

Outreach and Membership

Preservation Honor Awards Program

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