Terri Myers

Austin, TX

Truett Latimer Award

Named for the first state historic preservation officer of Texas, Truett Latimer, this award is given to a working professional who demonstrates a significant commitment and sustained involvement to preservation as part of their job responsibilities.

Historian Terri Myers has been a devoted preservationist for 29 years and has participated in countless projects both professionally and personally. Over the course of her career she has surveyed over 30,000 buildings and successfully nominated over 8,000 to the National Register of Historic Places. Her current business, Preservation Central, was founded in 2001. In addition to historic resource surveys and designations, Terri specializes in diverse preservation projects including historic contexts, design guidelines, Section 106 assessments, and public outreach. Her clients are also diverse, and include Certified Local Government communities, state and federal agencies, historical societies, neighborhood groups, and private individuals across the state.

From 1999 to 2005, Terri served on the THC’s State Board of Review,that considers National Register nominations and recommends them for submission to the NPS. In 2008, she was appointed to the City of Austin Historic Landmarks Commission, where she continues to serve today.

Terri has a deep passion for Texas history and architecture and frequently donates her valuable time to preservation causes in Austin and beyond. In 2007, she spearheaded the effort to list Austin’s first local historic district, Harthan Street, and completed the district nomination pro bono. She believed that other neighborhood groups would see the project’s success and follow suit. Indeed, shortly after Harthan Street’s 2008 listing, both Hyde Park and Castle Hill approached Terri for guidance in preparing their own nominations. In 2001 she nominated the Los Caminos del Rio Heritage Corridor to the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s 11 Most Endangered Historic Places list. The nomination was selected, and Terri volunteered to travel through Laredo, Rio Grande City and Brownsville for press conferences to highlight and promote this unique area.

Terri has particularly strong knowledge and expertise related to the architecture and history of the lower Rio Grande Valley. Over the years, she has documented some of the state’s oldest historic resources and communities in south Texas, including Spanish Colonial and Mexican period settlements. Working in conjunction with the Texas Historical Commission’s heritage corridor program, Terri surveyed historic resources in San Ygnacio, McAllen, and Laredo’s Barrio Azteca. She also listed numerous properties in Rio Grande City and Mission in the National Register. Her work in south Texas culminated in two successful National Historic Landmark nominations, for the Jesús Treviño Fort and the Palmito Ranch Battlefield.

In 2009, Terri worked with the Texas DOT archaeologist Doug Boyd, and anthropology professor Dr. Maria Franklin to uncover the history of the Ransom Williams homestead and the Antioch Colony freedmen’s community. Terri conducted extensive archival research to determine the history of Ransom Williams, his wife Sarah, and their descendants. Terri and Maria reached out to the local community for information and conducted numerous oral history interviews.

Terri Myers is a dedicated preservationist who has been working in Texas since 1989. Over the last 25 years her passion and dedication has helped save numerous resources and has touched the lives of countless people.

Previous winners: Lawrence Francell (2008); Robert J. Mallouf (2007); Tom S. Patty (2006); Dr. Mario L. Sanchez (2005); John Poston White (2003); Rudy Perez (2002); Verna Ann Wheeler (2001); Curtis Tunnell (1999); David D. Woodcock (1998); John Vaughan (1997); Alfonso E. Tellez (1996); Betty Baker (1994); Douglas W. Matthews (1993); M. Wayne Bell (1992); Judge Howard Coleman (1991); Sen. Cyndi Taylor Krier (1990); Ronald P. Emrich (1989)