Texas Historical Comission Future Plans
PRESERVATION SCHOLARS INTERNSHIPS AVAILABLE FROM THE TEXAS HISTORICAL COMMISSION
Applications are open now through March 16 for the Texas Historical Commission’s (THC) Preservation Scholars Program, supported by funding from the Friends of the Texas Historical Commission.
The Preservation Scholars Program builds interest and awareness in historic preservation, specifically among students from underrepresented cultural, ethnic, and socioeconomic groups. THC Preservation Scholars will work with THC staff and programs, gaining valuable professional experience related to historic preservation, historic sites, community development programs, heritage tourism, and communications. Preservation Scholars will complete a rotation among all divisions headquartered in Austin and then complete a special project in a division of their choice. Interns will receive a $5,000 stipend provided by the Friends of the Texas Historical Commission for a full-time, eight-week internship.
Undergraduate and graduate students interested in history, preservation, architecture, landscape architecture, archeology, downtown revitalization, and heritage tourism may apply. The only requirements are U.S. citizenship, current enrollment in junior year or higher (in a Texas college or university or a Texas resident attending an out-of-state school), and 3.0 or higher grade point average. Preference may be given to a candidate from a disadvantaged socioeconomic background. Prior recipients are ineligible.
For more information or to apply for an internship, visit thcfriends.org/preservation-scholars-program.
AFRICAN AMERICAN HISTORY MONTH AROUND THE CORNER
February is African American History Month, and the Texas Historical Commission (THC) offers numerous travel resources to help Texans journey and discover these stories, including the African American heritage travel guide and mobile app tour.
African Americans in Texas: A Lasting Legacy features dozens of sites across the state that are significant to the African American experience in Texas. More than a travel guide, the publication offers the stories of these key sites and is illustrated with photos, timelines, and maps.
Follow the map to Clarksville Historic District, one of Austin’s oldest African American communities and established neighborhoods where freedman Charles Clark settled in 1871. Having purchased two acres outside Austin, Clark formed a freedmen’s community that maintains an enduring sense of community pride today.
In Dallas, learn about and visit Freedman’s Cemetery Memorial located on the southwest corner of North Central Expressway at 2700 Lemmon Ave. Sculptures by David Newton tell the story of African Americans and their descendants’ journey from slavery to emancipation, including “The Sentinel”—a statue depicting an African warrior. Poems around the perimeter of the memorial also commemorate those originally buried in the cemetery.
Houston is home to vibrant African American heritage. Among numerous sites in Houston, the travel guide highlights the African American Library at the Gregory School which offers permanent exhibits and archives featuring photos, documents, and recordings focusing on the lives of African Americans in the historic Fourth Ward neighborhood.
A mobile app version of the guide is also available for free download. Part of the Texas Time Travel Tours app, the mobile tour offers a rich blend of images, videos, first-person interviews, maps, and other useful visitor information for exploring African American culture and heritage in Texas.
The travel guide and apps are organized around 10 heritage regions in the THC’s nationally award-winning tourism initiative, the Texas Heritage Trails Program. For more information about heritage travel opportunities in Texas, visit www.TexasTimeTravel.com, where you can download or order a free copy of the THC’s African Americans in Texas: A Lasting Legacy.
TEXAS HISTORICAL COMMISSION AND NATIONAL PARK SERVICE HOST CEMETERY DISASTER RECOVERY WORKSHOPS
The Texas Historical Commission, the Texas Cultural Emergency Response Alliance (TX-CERA), the Department of the Interior’s National Park Service, and other partners announce two workshops focused on disaster recovery efforts for historic cemeteries in Texas. The workshops will be held in Houston (February 5–6) and Corpus Christi (February 8–9).
Cemeteries hold valuable historic information and are often the last reminders of early settlements’ historical events, religious beliefs, lifestyles, and genealogy. In the wake of Hurricane Harvey, many cemeteries suffered damage from falling trees and standing water. Grave markers were broken or soiled. Historic trees and landscapes were damaged.
The two-day workshops address damaged cemeteries and bring help to municipal planners, cemetery managers, church sextons, cemetery grounds workers, and family members. Each workshop will include valuable information and hands-on activities on topics such as disaster preparedness plans, reentering cemeteries after a disaster, landscape damage and vegetation removal, emergency stabilization of grave markers, stone monument cleaning, monument resetting and more.
Instructors for the workshop include James “Rusty” Brenner, owner of Texas Cemetery Restoration LLC; Jason Church, Materials Conservator at the National Center for Preservation Technology and Training; Joe Ferrannini, proprietor of Grave Stone Matters; and Joseph Keefe, Arborist with Bartlett Tree Experts.
Workshop facilitation is provided by the National Center for Preservation Technology and Training (NCPTT) and Friends of NCPTT. NCPTT is widely considered one of nation’s leaders in historic preservation technology and cemetery preservation. The training events are made possible with generous funding from the National Endowment for Humanities and additional support from the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.
All event information can be found at www.ncptt.nps.gov. Tickets for the two-day event cost $35, lunch included. Space is limited and pre-registration is required.
For more information regarding historic cemetery preservation in Texas, visit thc.texas.gov/cemetery.