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AUSTIN – The Garza County Historical Commission has been awarded the Distinguished Service Award for the 2019 service year recognizing its work at the Garza County Historical Museum.
The annual award affirms Garza CHC appointees for managing well-rounded history and preservation-related programs that enrich Texas Communities. The county commissioners court – the CHC’s governing body – will work with the CHC to determine the best was to present the DSA certificate and publicly acknowledge CHC appointees for their dedicated service.
“The THC could not save the real places that tell the real stories of Texas without county historical commissions,” said THC Executive Director Mark Wolfe. “The Distinguished Service Award honors these vital partners that preserve our state’s history every day, and Garza CHC is a deserving recipient for its local leadership and efforts.”
The Texas Historical Commission supports County Historical Commissions across the state as they work to preserve cultural and historic resources. The THC administers the Distinguished Service Award Program to honor CHCs that go above and beyond to fulfill their preservation mission.
Texas CHCs provided more the 444,000 volunteer hours in 2019, which as an in-kind donation to the state valued at more than $11 million. The THC assists more than 200 CHCs through programs and services that preserve Texas’s heritage for the education, enjoyment and economic benefit of present and future generations. The THC’s advisory role to CHCs is outlined in the Texas Local Government Code, the statute that enables county commissioners’ courts to establish CHCs. The volunteer appointees, as directed by count officials, initiate and conduct programs that preserve the historic and cultural resources of Texas.
The THC received 185 CHC annual reports for the 2019 year of service and 79 of those were approved for a Distinguished Service Award.