The National Trust for Historic Preservation Continues Celebration of Texas’ Historic Courthouses with Tour from Houston to Austin

Group will Display “Love Letter” in Support of Courthouse Preservation at State Capitol on Feb. 20

Washington - The National Trust for Historic Preservation continues its “I Love Texas Courthouses” celebration with a rally on the steps of the Harris County Courthouse today and a presentation at the Texas Capitol on February 20. The events are part of a month-long campaign organized by the National Trust for Historic Preservation, the Texas Historical Commission and Preservation Texas to highlight the importance of these icons to Texas’ history, culture and community.

The “I Love Texas Courthouses” campaign and partnership is a reflection of the national significance of these courthouses and the need for their careful stewardship. In 1998 and again in 2012, the National Trust named them to its list of America’s 11 Most Endangered Historic Places, which proved catalytic in the creation of Texas Historic Courthouse Preservation Program. This program has brought $247 million in restoration funds to 83 courthouses, but at least 75 more require assistance. The National Trust then added Texas’ historic courthouses to its portfolio of “National Treasures,” signifying the organization’s ongoing commitment to their preservation. There are currently only 33 other historic resources in the country that hold this distinction.

The campaign visits serve as festive occasions for the public to demonstrate their love and affection for these one-of a-kind places. In Harris Country, for example, Sam Houston and George Washington impersonators (in honor of President’s Day) will jointly declare their affection for the state’s historic courthouses. Participants are invited to show their support by wearing red clothing, posing for group pictures with giant heart signage and adding their name to a “love letter” that will be displayed at the State Capitol on February 20. Campaign leaders strive to reach 2,000 signatures and are more than halfway there.

After the Harris County kick-off, the campaign travels to historic courthouses in Wharton, Colorado, Lavaca and Fayette counties before arriving in Austin. Campaign tour leaders conducted a similar tour of Central Texas courthouses recently and were met by lively crowds—many of whom wore red, carried handmade valentine hearts and even performed a flash mob.

Admirers of Texas courthouses from all over the world may join the celebration by submitting photos and memories online and by signing the love letter at www.ilovetexascourthouses.org. More details on the tour itinerary can be found at www.preservationnation.org/press.

For more information on the effort to preserve Texas’ historic courthouses, visit http://www.savingplaces.org/treasures/texas-courthouses.

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About the National Trust’s National Treasures Campaign:
National Treasures are irreplaceable, critically threatened places across the country where the National Trust for Historic Preservation is making a deep organizational investment. Guided by more than 60 years of experience, we are taking direct action to protect these places and promote their history and significance, engaging local preservationists to help us advance the cause of preservation nationally.

National Treasures represent the diversity of our nation’s built history and remind all of us of the importance of preserving the irreplaceable places that tell America’s stories. From historic buildings to cultural landscapes, National Trust National Treasures are unique, movement-defining places of action—some of them iconic, others less familiar— that will galvanize support and spark greater public understanding of how preservation contributes to vibrant communities.



 

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The National Trust for Historic Preservation, a privately funded nonprofit organization, works to save America’s historic places.
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