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Preservation Texas regional meeting

Preservation Texas, the statewide non-profit advocate for the historic resources of Texas, has announced that its West Texas Regional Meeting will take place in San Angelo at Fort Concho on Friday, May 19, from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

The theme of the gathering is "In Defense of the Past: Preserving Historic Military Sites in Texas" and the event is open to the public for a registration fee of $40 per person. Registration includes morning and afternoon educational programs, coffee, a box lunch and the opportunity to tour Fort Concho, built in 1867 and a National Historic Landmark owned by the City of San Angelo.

“This program is an excellent opportunity for Texans interested in historic preservation to network and learn from one another,” said Preservation Texas President Dwayne Jones of Galveston. “Regional meetings help to strengthen the grassroots network that is needed to protect our historic places statewide.”

Speakers from across the state from El Paso to Brownsville will discuss case studies about preserving historic ruins, restoring historic structures, and reconstructing lost buildings. These different philosophies have been applied to historic places that are important to our state’s military history.

“The program will appeal to anyone with an interest in historic preservation,” said Preservation Texas board member Bob Bluthardt of San Angelo, who is the Site Manager at Fort Concho. “While Fort Concho provides an ideal setting for this discussion examining historic military sites, the lessons we will learn are applicable to historic places of every kind.”

Topics and speakers include:

  • Old Fort Bliss – Gary Williams, Senior Program Officer, El Paso Community Foundation.
  • Fort Brown – Rolando Garza, Archeologist/Chief of Resource Management, Palo Alto Battlefield NHP
  • Fort Chadbourne – Garland Richards, President, Fort Chadbourne Foundation
  • Fort Concho – Bob Bluthardt, Site Manager, Fort Concho
  • Fort Lancaster and Fort McKavett – Cody Mobley, Site Manager, Fort McKavett SHS
  • Lawn Atlas Nuclear Missile Silo – Larry Sanders, Texas Forts Trail Board
  • Presidio de San Saba – Terrell Kelley, Presidio de San Saba Restoration Corp.

In addition, participants will learn about Preservation Texas’s endangered places program in West Texas, the Texas Forts Trail‘s heritage tourism and preservation efforts, the ongoing revitalization work of Downtown San Angelo, and the importance of San Angelo architect Oscar Ruffini (1858-1957) to the development of West Texas.

For more information and to register, visit PreservationTexas.org/SanAngelo.

Founded in 1985, Preservation Texas is the statewide advocate for the historic resources of Texas.