Preservation Texas, founded in 1985, is the only statewide organization dedicated to being the advocate for the historic resources of Texas. We advocate on behalf of our membership and local affiliates for actions by public agencies, private organizations and citizens to protect, restore, and insure economic benefit from historic building, places, artifacts and archives.
How Do We Accomplish Our Objectives?
- Educating members and constituents on key issues.
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- Developing position statement on statewide issues.
- Working with other organizations and individuals in supporting or opposing ideas of mutual interest.
- Monitoring legislation that impacts historic resources.
2014 Advocacy Program:
Preservation Texas advocates on behalf of its membership and local affiliates for actions by public agencies, private organizations, and citizens to protect, restore, and insure economic benefit from historic buildings, places, artifacts, and archives. As a part of its education and advocacy efforts, Preservation Texas will spotlight the Most Endangered Places in Texas and will support programs that encourage and fund local preservation organizations and projects.
Do you know of an advocacy issue?
Would you like to request intervention or assistance for PT?
As the advocate for preserving the historic resources of Texas, Preservation Texas (PT) will support other like-minded organizations and, in some cases, individuals who are in the midst of an advocacy or preservation challenge. As a statewide organization, PT can more effectively intervene if the challenge meets certain criteria that align with PT’s mission.
If you are requesting either a letter of support or active participation, please provide answers the following questions:
- Are you a PT member? Click here to join now.
- Does the challenge fit under the annual advocacy policy adopted by PT Board action?
- If the challenge is property-related, is the site on the Texas’ Most Endangered Places list? If yes, what year was it designated?
- If the challenge is property-related, did the project earn a PT Honor Award? If yes, when and for what?
- If the challenge is property-related, is the site designated a historical or archeological landmark? Please list all designations and indicate if a determination of eligibility for listing on the National Register of Historic Places has been made.
- Do you support – or are you a part of – a local preservation nonprofit or County Historical Commission?
- What type of support are you requesting?
- Do you own the property? If not, who does?
- Is this an emergency?
- Do you have a plan of action to reach your desired outcome?
Requests for intervention or endorsement should be sent via e-mail to the PT Office.
Preservation Texas’s support for requests is strictly at the discretion of the Advocacy Committee and the PT Board of Directors.
Economic Benefits of Historic Preservation Activities
Historic preservation creates jobs, including skilled craft jobs, generates investment on Main Street in smaller towns and prompts reinvestment in historic districts in larger cities. Heritage tourism in preservation-focused communities drives increased revenue for local governments and for the State of Texas through sales tax revenue, hotel-motel tax revenue, and increased property values. New economic activity in preservation-oriented communities generates at-home jobs for Texans. Preservation Texas (PT) will continue to spotlight the state and local economic benefits of historic preservation.