The Chambers County Historical Commission received a Distinguished Service Award during the Texas Historical Commission’s Annual Historic Preservation Conference held recently in Galveston. The County Historical Commission was recognized for its efforts in promoting cemetery preservation, for the youth program and for promoting World War II Veterans and POW Camps. The award was received by R.B. Scherer, Jr., Vice Chair of the County Historical Commission. Kay and Pudge Willcox, Commission Members also attended the conference, which provided tours, workshops and special sessions on how preservation benefits the people, places and economies of our communities. The theme of the conference was “Deep in the Heart of Texas: Preservation Makes Cents”.

One of the sessions attended concerned Historic Preservation and Heritage Tourism Working Together for Your Community. This session was conducted by Teresa Caldwell, Assistant State Coordinator for the Heritage Tourism Program at the Texas Historical Commission. Her program provided numerous statistics concerning the economic value of Heritage Tourism throughout the State and how communities can be positively impacted by promoting Heritage Tourism within their community. Ms. Caldwell previously served as Parks and Recreation Director for Chambers County.

Other sessions attended were “Volunteer Recruitment and Retention“, “Protecting Our Maritime Heritage“, “Planning Fundraising Events“, “Finding Funding for Your Preservation Program” and “Collections Management: Preparing for Disaster”. This last session was conducted by Patsy Herrington, Curator of the W.H. Stark House Museum in Orange and Ware Petznick, Curator of the McFaddin-Ward House Museum in Beaumont. They described the procedures they used in preparing the museums and valuable collections for Hurricane Rita last year. Although neither museum suffered major losses, they are both continuing to recover and renovate their premises as a result of the storm.

The Conference was attended by some 375 participants from all parts of the State of Texas. The next Conference will be held in April 2007, at the Lakeway Inn Conference Resort on Lake Travis near Austin.

CCHC Vice-Chairman R.B. Scherer Jr
accepting Texas Historical Commission's
Distinguished Service Award
for Chambers County Historical Commission

Photo and Article by CCHC Publicity Chairman Pudge Willcox
Chambers County Historical Commission


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