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First Lady Anita Perry and the Texas Historical Commission Honor Nacogdoches
Posted 03 - 01 - 2010

Representatives from Nacogdoches were present in Austin on Tuesday to accept the award.

From Right to Left: Mary Turner, Texas Forest Trail Coordinator Sarah O'Brien, City of Nacogdoches, Main Street Terry Colley, THC Deputy Executive Director Chay Runnels, SFASU Hospitality Administration Melissa Sanford, Nacogdoches Convention & Visitor's Bureau Mark Wolfe, THC Executive Director First Lady Anita Perry Brian Bray, City of Nacogdoches, Historic Sites Scott Runnels, Historic Landmark Preservation Commission Samantha Mora, Nacogdoches Convention & Visitor's Bureau Dr. Lynda Martin, SFASU Human Sciences

(view Nacogdoches video clip here)

First Lady Anita Perry and Texas Historical Commission Honor Nacogdoches With Texas Treasures Award

AUSTIN, Texas — Celebrating a diverse heritage with the Nine Flags Festival, five historic National Register Districts and a revitalized downtown all contribute to earning the City of Nacogdoches a 2010 First Lady’s Texas Treasures Award. The award was presented by First Lady Anita Perry Tuesday at the Texas Travel Industry Association’s annual Unity Dinner in Austin.

The award, initiated in 2009, recognizes communities that showcase their dedication to community preservation efforts through participation in Texas Historical Commission (THC) initiatives and other state and local programs. The award is sponsored by the Office of the First Lady and the THC. “We are fortunate here in Texas to have such a collection of historic towns, buildings, courthouses and sites,” said First Lady Anita Perry. “We’re also lucky to have tried and true programs and dedicated partners that contribute to the preservation of our shared heritage.”

Nacogdoches’ multifaceted preservation commitment is evident by its active participation in the Texas Main Street Program since 1998 and its designation as one of the first Preserve America communities in Texas in 2004. The community has had a preservation ordinance since 1978 and continually educates citizens about heritage through events such as the October archeology fair to celebrate Texas Archeology Month. Nacogdoches has received numerous grants through the THC and other partner groups to save and restore local treasures, including the 1835 Durst-Taylor House and Heritage Garden. The house, which was home to numerous Texas pioneers and features a working blacksmith shop and fruit orchards, is now listed on the National Register of Historic Places and attracts 5,000 visitors annually.

Nacogdoches Texas Treasure Award, 2-2

The 2010 award winners were chosen from a group of highly qualified candidates by a committee comprised of staff members from the Office of the Governor and the THC. In addition to Nacogdoches, San Marcos and Waxahachie also received the 2010 First Lady’s Texas Treasure Award.

“The citizens of Nacogdoches demonstrate a strong commitment to promoting their cultural resources and enriching the lives of visitors through the preservation of their unique heritage stories,” said THC Chairman Jon Hansen. “The prestige of this award assures that Nacogdoches will serve as a model for other communities to follow on their own preservation journey.”

The First Lady’s Texas Treasures Award promotes and recognizes the unique heritage experiences of Nacogdoches through special signage and a DVD promoting the cultural resources of the community. To see video clips of the 2009 award winning communities visit the THC web site at To learn more about this and other heritage tourism initiatives contact the THC’s Community Heritage Development Division at 512.463.6092.

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