This award was presented during a meeting of the Commissioners Court on July 22 and recognized the County Historical Commission (CHC) for managing preservation programs that educate citizens and generate interest in the history and character of Texas. This award also acknowledges the CHC’s efforts to preserve Texas’ unique heritage by promoting stewardship of and tourism to Texas’ unique cultural and historic sites.
“The Distinguished Service Award is our agency’s way of affirming County Historical Commissions that continue to improve and expand their preservation programs,” said THC Executive Director Mark Wolfe. “The Texas Historical Commission works with CHCs to save the real places and tell the real stories of Texas. Join us in honoring the Bee County Historical Commission for their dedication and hard work.”
Unlike most states, Texas counties have the legislative authority to establish CHCs to initiate and conduct programs that preserve historic and cultural resources.
Texas CHCs are made up of unpaid county appointees who reported volunteer hours for the 2012 year of service that had a monetary value of more than $8.8 million.
The THC provides services to CHCs, as well as citizens across the state, to preserve Texas’ heritage for the use, education, enjoyment and economic benefit of present and future generations.
CHC contributions include the preservation of countless historic buildings, artifacts, documents and other components of Texas’ rich history.
For more information about the Distinguished Service Award, visit www.thc.state.tx.us or contact the History Program’s Division at 512-463-5853.