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Historical Commission honors Victoria County with service award

Aug. 15, 2014 at 5:27 p.m.
Updated Aug. 15, 2014 at 10:31 p.m.


The Texas Historical Commission honored the Victoria County Historical Commission with a Distinguished Service Award for the 2013 year of service.

The state commission issues Distinguished Service Awards each year to county commissions that demonstrate concerted efforts to preserve the history and character of Texas.

"The Texas Historical Commission honors the Victoria County Historical Commission for their dedicated service to the state of Texas," said THC Executive Director Mark Wolfe. "We commend these hardworking individuals for their efforts to save Texas history and look forward to promoting their accomplishments throughout the year."

The Victoria County Historical Commission's accomplishments included the restoration of Texas historical markers, presented programs at various clubs and organizations, dedicated the new marker awarded to First Evangelical Lutheran Church as well as presented the program at the church's centennial celebration.

The Victoria County Historical Commission meets the first Monday of odd-numbered months.

The public is welcome to attend.

Texas County Historic Commissions reported more than 3,500 appointees for the 2013 year of service who contributed more than 441,000 volunteer hours; this in-kind donation to the state of Texas carries a monetary value of more than $10 million. The THC empowers empowers county historical commissions across the state through programs and services that preserve Texas' heritage for the education, enjoyment and economic benefits of present and future generations.

The THC's advisory role to establish county historical commissions is outlined in the Texas Local Government Code, the statute that allows county commissioners courts to establish CHCs. These unpaid appointees, as directed by county officials, initiate and conduct programs that preserve historic and cultural resources. CHC achievements include the preservation of countless historic buildings, artifacts and other cultural icons of Texas history.

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