Preservation Texas Advocacy Program

The advocate for the historic resources of Texas

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 Advocacy Objectives?

  • Educating members and constituents on key issues.
  • Developing position statements on statewide issues.
  • Working with other organizations and individuals in supporting or opposing issues of mutual interest.
  • Monitoring legislation that impacts historic resources.

Do you know of an advocacy issue?

Would you like to request intervention or assistance for PT?

Intervention Policy.

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:

  • 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, 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 have the support of a local preservation nonprofit or your 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 should be submitted through our submission portal.

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. See the report linked below for more information.

Economic Impact of Historic Preservation in Texas – Center for Sustainable Development at The University of Texas at Austin and the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy at Rutgers University.