East Texas Regional Meeting in Nacogdoches: August 8-10, 2018


Wherever you live in Texas, we invite you to our 2018 East Texas Regional Meeting in Nacogdoches!  We look forward to offering you a rewarding, in-depth experience in Nacogdoches (established 1779) and surrounding counties as we explore its historic resources and study a range of preservation issues through a local lens.

The 2018 East Texas Regional Meeting will be held August 8th – 10th, 2018.  We are very grateful for the planning support of PT board members Tony Crosby (Marshall) and Sue Lazara (Linden) along with Joanna Temple (Nacogdoches CVB), Tracy Cox (San Augustine Main Street), Linda Mathews (San Augustine Legacy Group), Perky Beisel (SFASU) and Jessica Sowell (City of Nacogdoches).

Full registration for the three-day event is just $100 for members and $125 for prospective new members (includes one-year members). Day passes for the tour on August 8th ($60/$75) and the educational sessions on August 9th ($50/$65) are available as well.

Participants are invited to stay at the recently rehabilitated Fredonia Hotel in Nacogdoches, a midcentury modern landmark in downtown Nacogdoches located within walking distance of all venues.  Reservations can be made by calling the hotel at 936-564-1234.  Note that the tours on August 8th and August 10th will begin and end at the Fredonia Hotel.

The Fredonia Hotel, Nacogdoches

2018 East Texas Regional Meeting Schedule in Brief

Wednesday, August 8, 2018 – PRESERVATION TOUR DAY

8:00 am – 6:00 pm – Historic Preservation Tour of Nacogdoches, San Augustine and Shelby Counties (members $60/non-members $75, includes lunch and reception and complimentary one-year membership for new members)

Dinner on your own in Nacogdoches

Thursday, August 9, 2018 – PRESERVATION EDUCATION DAY

8:00 am – 4:30 pm – Educational Sessions at the Tobacco Warehouse in Nacogdoches (members $50/non-members $65, includes lunch and complimentary one-year membership for new members)


5:00 pm – 6:30 pm – Networking Reception at the Old University Building in Nacogdoches (included with your registration)

Dinner on your own in Nacogdoches

Friday, August 10, 2018 – MORNING WALKING TOUR

8:30 am – 12:00 pm – Walking tour of  Zion Hill Neighborhood in Nacogdoches with a focus on the architecture of Diedrich Rulfs (included with your registration for the Educational Sessions on August 9th)

Detailed Descriptions

Historic Preservation Tour of Nacogdoches, San Augustine and Shelby Counties
Wednesday, August 8, 2018 from 8:00 am to 6:00 pm, lunch and reception included ($60 member/$75 non-member)

Coach will depart from The Fredonia Hotel, 200 N. Fredonia Street, Nacogdoches.  Prepare to board at 7:45 am as we will depart promptly at 8:00 am in order to enjoy all of the sites planned for the day’s tour.  A spaghetti dinner will be served at the end of the tour at Imogene’s Cafe in San Augustine.

Tour sites include:

Halfway Inn (1841) in Chireno

William Lewis House/Lewis Railroad Hotel (c. 1885) in San Augustine, one of Texas’s Most Endangered Places

San Augustine County Courthouse (1927) in San Augustine where we will hear a short presentation on the contributions of East Texas preservation architect Raiford L. Stripling (1910-1990) of San Augustine by Stephanie Cartwright Kardell

1919 San Augustine County Jail in San Augustine, recently rehabilitated as a county museum

Knight Parker Building in San Augustine, a building in need of rehabilitation on the courthouse square

Matthew Cartwright House (1839) in San Augustine a landmark house constructed by New England carpenter Augustus Phelps

Shelby County Courthouse (1885) in Center where we will eat lunch in the courtroom

“Big Momma’s Dogtrot” near Arcadia


2018 East Texas Regional Meeting Educational Sessions
Thursday, August 9, 2018 ($50 members/$65 non-members)
Tobacco Warehouse, 111 N. Pecan Street, Nacogdoches

A full day of educational sessions with lunch will be offered at the Tobacco Warehouse, just two blocks from The Fredonia Hotel in historic downtown Nacogdoches, Texas.  Participants will have the opportunity to visit the Durst-Taylor House Museum during lunch.

Tobacco Warehouse, Nacogdoches

8:00 – 8:30 am

Coffee and Registration

 8:30 – 8:45 am

Welcoming Remarks from Preservation Texas
Sue Morris Lazara, Board of Directors (Linden)
Evan Thompson, Executive Director (Austin)

8:45 – 9:00 am

Bassett Farms Conservancy: Perspectives on Preservation Planning
Tony Crosby, Board of Directors (Marshall)

Bassett Farms Conservancy, a 2,400-acre farm and ranch established in 1871, was bequeathed to Preservation Texas in 2012. PT board member and former National Park Service architect Tony Crosby will discuss investigations at the 1875 Bassett House, thought to be the oldest two-story brick house in Limestone County.

9:00 – 9:30 am

East Texas: Perspectives from the National Register of Historic Places
Gregory Smith, National Register Coordinator, Texas Historical Commission

Gregory Smith

The historic resources of East Texas are some of the earliest in the state, and represent a range of building types and periods. The Texas Historical Commission’s National Register Coordinator, Gregory Smith, will provide an overview of East Texas’s architectural history through the lens of the National Register, from the pre-Republic period through the mid-20th century. He will also discuss recent additions to the Register and opportunities for future survey work and designation in the region, including Rosenwald Schools.

9:30 – 9:45 am


9:45 – 10:15 am

Historic Buildings and Local Building Codes: Success Strategies
Norman Alston, AIA, Principal, Norman Alston Architects

Norman Alston, AIA

Preservation Texas Honor Award-winning Dallas-based preservation architect Norman Alston, chairman of the Texas Society of Architects’ Historic Resources Committee, will share insights and strategies on how to work with local building codes to ensure that the historic character and fabric of historic resources can be protected.  Norm will provide examples of how historic building materials and construction techniques can meet building code requirements that are often misunderstood by local building officials and property owners.

10:15 – 10:45 am

Hands-On Preservation Experience: The National Trust’s HOPE Crew
Monica Rhodes, Associate Director, HOPE Crew, National Trust for Historic Preservation

Monica Rhodes

The National Trust is training young people in preservation crafts while helping to protect historic cultural sites on public lands. Named “HOPE Crew” for “Hands-OPreservation Experience,” the HOPE Crew has worked on sites across the country including the Lyndon B. Johnson National Historical Park and the San Antonio Missions National Park.  Raised in Texas but based in Washington, D.C., Monica Rhodes will talk about how the HOPE Crew program works, its successes and its exciting potential for the future.

10:45 – 11:00 am


11:00 – 12:00 pm

Grant Funding for Historic Preservation Projects
Madeline Clites, State Coordinator, Certified Local Government Program, Texas Historical Commission
Lydia Woods, East Texas Project Reviewer, Division of Architecture, Texas Historical Commission

Madeline Clites

Lydia Woods

The Texas Historical Commission offers two important grant programs that can help to identify and preserve historic resources in your community.  Maddie Clites will discuss the Certified Local Government grant program.  CLG grants provide funding to participating city and county governments to develop and sustain an effective local preservation program critical to preserving local historic resources.  Lydia Woods will talk about the Texas Preservation Trust Fund grant.  The Trust Fund provides preservation planning and bricks-and-mortar grants for threatened structures.  Learn about these grant programs and recent case studies that reflect the range of projects that these grant programs can support, with many examples drawn from East Texas.

12:00 pm – 1:30 pm

Enjoy a box lunch and take a walk to the nearby Durst-Taylor House and Gardens owned by the City of Nacogdoches.  Built about 1835, this restored house is the second oldest building in Nacogdoches and reflects the vernacular architecture traditions of the early Texas Republic.  The site also includes a fully functioning smokehouse, blacksmith shop and chicken coop as well as heirloom gardens and a sugarcane mill.

Durst-Taylor House (c. 1835) in Nacogdoches

1:30 – 2:30 pm

Most Endangered Places Case Studies from East Texas
Gary Endsley, Director, Collins Academy in Jefferson
Leroy Hughes, Mayor, City of San Augustine
Linda Mathews, Executive Director, San Augustine Legacy Group

Gary Endsley

Leroy Hughes

Linda Mathews

Local community leaders will discuss efforts to save two historic African-American community landmarks in East Texas that have been included on the Preservation Texas Most Endangered Places list.  The 1883 Union Missionary Baptist Church in Jefferson (Marion Co.) and the c. 1885 Lewis Railroad Hotel in San Augustine (San Augustine Co.) are both the focus of efforts to rehabilitate late-19th century buildings that tell important stories about Texas history.

2:30 – 2:45 pm


2:45 – 3:45 pm

Endangered Schoolhouses: Research, Documentation and Planning
Gerald Don Gibson, Library of Congress (retired)
Sharon Weber, Executive Director, Chisholm Trail Heritage Museum
Selena Milstead, Operations Manager, Chisholm Trail Heritage Museum

Gerald Gibson

Sharon Weber

Selena Milstead

Rural and small-town schoolhouses have been disappearing from the Texas landscape for decades.  Many were abandoned as a result of changing demographics and school district consolidation.  Gerry Gibson, a retired Library of Congress librarian, will discuss his efforts to research and locate the Rosenwald Schools of Harrison County using a range of primary and secondary sources.  His approach can serve as a model for research efforts in other parts of Texas.  Sharon Weber and Selena Milstead will share the story of the English-German School (1880) in DeWitt County that has been relocated to the Chisholm Trail Heritage Museum in Cuero.  They will discuss ongoing preservation efforts and plans for the future use and interpretation of the structure, which was included on our 2016 Most Endangered Places List.

3:45 – 4:00 pm


4:00 – 4:30 pm

Oak Grove Cemetery: A Case Study in Partnerships for Preservation and Interpretation
Jennifer Beisel, Associate Professor, Stephen F. Austin State University

Jennifer Beisel

Perky Beisel, co-director of SFASU’s M.A. program in Public History, will present recent and ongoing research, preservation and interpretation efforts at historic Oak Grove Cemetery in Nacogdoches.  The goal of these efforts is to provide access to the cemetery and its history in order to increase an understanding of the history of Nacogdoches and its people. She will discuss multiple projects, supported by a range of partnerships (local government, private citizens, academic institutions and nonprofits), including cemetery documentation, gravestone cleaning, fence restoration, wayfinding and interpretive exhibit development.  Note: You will visit Oak Grove Cemetery on the walking tour of Zion Hill Neighborhood on Friday morning, August 10th.

4:30 – 4:45 pm

Closing Remarks

East Texas Regional Meeting Networking Reception
Thursday, August 9, 2018 from 6:00 to 7:30 pm at the Old University Building

This event is included with your registration.

Old University Building (1859) in Nacogdoches

Join us for light refreshments and an opportunity to tour the Old University Building, located just two blocks from the Fredonia Hotel.  This important landmark is one of the oldest collegiate buildings in Texas, now operated by the Nacogdoches Federation of Women’s Clubs.

Historic Preservation Walking Tour: Zion Hill Neighborhood and the Architecture of Diedrich Rulfs
Friday, August 10, 2018 from 8:30 am to 12:00 pm (tour begins at The Fredonia Hotel, 200 N. Fredonia St., Nacogdoches)

Zion Hill Baptist Church (1914), Nacogdoches