At its quarterly meeting in Sealy last week, the Texas Historical Commission (THC) awarded grant funding to 23 projects from its Texas Preservation Trust Fund (TPTF).
The 23 preservation projects were selected from 36 project proposal applicants to be recipients of the 2016–17 TPTF grant awards totaling $530,000. The 23 projects selected for this biennium are located across the state and fall into three categories—archeology, architecture, and heritage education.
Four projects were selected for TPTF grants in the archeology category: El Camino Real de los Tejas Rancheria in Milam County; the La Junta ceramic study in Presidio County; Mission San Lorenzo de la Santa Cruz in Real County; and Bonfire Shelter restoration in Val Verde County.
Seventeen projects were selected in the architecture category: Mt. Vernon AME Church in Anderson County; Mary Christian Burleson Homestead in Bastrop County; Mission Nuestra Senora de la Purisima Concepción de Acuña and Presnall-Watson Homestead in Bexar County; Temple Freda in Brazos County; Kraitchar House Museum in Burleson County; Fernandez-Bollack Home in Cameron County; Old Linden Firehouse in Cass County; William Gibson Log Cabin and Homestead in Denton County; American Undersea Warfare Center Ship and Submarine in Galveston County; Everett Building in Greg County; Martin County Convent; Ebony One-Room Schoolhouse in Mills County; Addie J. and A.T. Odom Homestead in Newton County; Noah Cox House in Starr County; Lockwood Building in Webb County; and Granger City Hall in Williamson County.
Two projects were selected in the heritage education category: Texas Purple Hull Pea Festival in Newton County and a mothballing and stabilization toolkit for various dance halls statewide.
Funding amounts for each project can be found on the THC website at www.thc.texas.gov/tptf.The 71st Texas Legislature created the TPTF in 1989 to allow a stable source of funding to be developed to assist preservation efforts throughout the state. The fund is currently managed by the Texas Treasury…
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