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February 19th, 2010
HTC, Governor's wife honor San Marcos

021920hopkinsA drive down Hopkins Street. File photo.

STAFF REPORT

San Marcos is one of three cities named this week by Texas First Lady Anita Perry as a second annual First Lady’s Texas Treasures Award.

Perry made the announcement during a special presentation tonight at the Texas Travel Industry Association’s Unity Dinner. The award, sponsored by the Texas Historical Commission (THC) and the Office of the First Lady, recognizes communities that showcase commitment to community preservation efforts through participation in THC programs.

The other cities so named were Nacogdoches and Waxahachie.

“We are fortunate here in Texas to have such a collection of historic towns, buildings, courthouses and sites,” Perry said. “We now have six First Lady’s Texas Treasures communities, each remarkable in its own way, and each a destination sure to delight and draw more visitors with this special recognition.”

The three winning communities seek the economic benefits of researching, identifying and preserving the structures, archeological sites and landscapes that emphasize an authentic sense of Texas place by engaging citizens and visitors with those assets through events, outreach and education.

The 2010 award winners were chosen from a group of candidates by a committee comprised of staff members from the Office of the Governor and the THC. Winning communities showed broad support and preservation leadership from volunteers, city officials, as well as cultural, historic and civic groups.

“These three communities represent a strong commitment to enriching the lives of visitors through the preservation of their real heritage places telling the real stories of Texas,” said THC Chairman Jon Hansen. “The efforts of the citizens of Nacogdoches, San Marcos and Waxahachie should encourage other communities to follow on their own preservation journey.”

To see a video produced by the THC about the honor for San Marcos, click here.

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