Statewide News: February 4, 2021

PRESERVATION TEXAS WELCOMES SERENA PUTEGNAT OF BROWNSVILLE TO BOARD OF DIRECTORS Brownsville attorney and preservationist Serena Putegnat has joined the Preservation Texas Board of Directors for a three-year term.  We look forward to working with Serena to address critical preservation issues in South Texas.  Also returning to the board for a second three-year term will be preservation architect Charles John of San Antonio.  The board has been meeting virtually and will continue to do so… More »

Texas Dance Hall Preservation Raises Over $250,000 for Dance Hall Relief

Texas Dance Hall Preservation raises over $250,000 for Dance Hall Relief Austin, TX  –  Texas Dance Hall Preservation (TDHP) has closed fundraising in December for the Texas Dance Hall Relief Fund after exceeding its goal. Due to COVID-19, dance halls across Texas have been largely closed down since March 2020, with many forced to cancel annual festivals and fundraisers, countless weddings, and other events that provide their primary source of income. In August, TDHP invited… More »

THC Approves Undertold Marker Topics

The Texas Historical Commission approved fifteen Undertold Marker topics at its quarterly meeting on February 3, 2021. A total of 67 applications were made from 36 counties.  Included among the fifteen was a marker topic submitted by Preservation Texas recognizing the Chinese laborers who worked on the construction of the Houston & Texas Central Railroad in 1870 between Bremond (Robertson Co.) and Thornton (Limestone Co.). The marker is to be placed adjacent to the railroad… More »

Statewide News: January 5, 2021

Alpine: Museum of the Big Bend receives $750,000 NEH grant The Texas Centennial building will get much needed updates and upgrades to its infrastructure including HVAC and security systems… Austin: Oral histories of Downs Field donated to Austin History Center, Huston-Tillotson Originally conceived as a racially segregated facility in the Jim Crow era, Downs Field was home to the Negro Baseball League’s Austin Black Senators, the Austin Black Pioneers, the Austin Greyhounds, the Austin Indians, and the… More »