Taylor County Historical Commission receives statewide award

Taylor County Historical Commission receives statewide award

TaylorCounty Historical Commission has received a 2011 Distinguished Service Awardfrom the Texas Historical Commission for the preservation and recognitionwork they have done. The awardrecognizes County Historical Commissions that work toward substantial preservationefforts that lead to a greater understanding of state and local history. Theseefforts also promote stewardship of our cultural and historic resources,encourage economic development within urban and rural areas of our state, andgenerate interest in the history and character of Texas. Someof the projects the local commission completed during 2011 includededicating/researching historical markers for First Exploratory Oil well inTaylor County, Childers Classical Institute and the Shoot Out on Pine Street. Volunteers and a student intern alsoorganized the entire Commission archives for easier research. {{more}} Unlikemost states, Texas counties have the legislative authority to establish CHCs toidentify, preserve, and promote cultural and historic resources to enhance thelivelihood of their communities. These CHCs are made up of unpaid countyappointees who reported more than $8.6 million statewide in volunteer hours in2011 towards the preservation of Texas’ historic assets. The THC providesservices to CHCs, as well as citizens across the state, to preserve Texas’heritage for the use, education, enjoyment, and economic benefit of present andfuture generations. CHC contributions include the preservation of countlesshistoric buildings, artifacts, documents, and other components of Texas’ richhistory.