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Waxahachie honored with Texas Treasures Award

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AUSTIN— A beautifully restored historic county courthouse, annual home tours and five National Register Districts all contribute to earning the city of Waxahachie a 2010 First Lady’s Texas Treasures Award.

The award was presented by First Lady Anita Perry at the Texas Travel Industry Association’s annual Unity Dinner in Austin.

The award, initiated in 2009, recognizes communities that showcase their dedication to community preservation efforts through participation in Texas Historical Commission initiatives and other state and local programs.

The award is sponsored by the Office of the First Lady and the THC.

"We are fortunate here in Texas to have such a collection of historic towns, buildings, courthouses and sites," said First Lady Anita Perry. 

"We’re also lucky to have tried and true programs and dedicated partners that contribute to the preservation of our shared heritage."

Waxahachie’s multifaceted preservation commitment is evident in the care given such diverse historical structures as the Chautauqua Auditorium, the 1889 Rogers Street Bridge and the 1897 J. Riely Gordon Romanesque Revival style historic county courthouse.

Home to one of the most photographed courthouses in Texas, Waxahachie was an early participant in the THC’s Texas Historic Courthouse Preservation Program.

A National Main Street city, Waxahachie also hosts two annual home tours—the Gingerbread Trail in June and the Candlelight Home Tour from November through December.

The Gingerbread Trail celebrates the unique Victorian, Queen Anne and Gothic Revival architectural treasures that are featured throughout Waxahachie.

The community also maintains the Ellis County Museum, serving as a repository of photos and information regarding the history of Waxahachie.

The 2010 award winners were chosen from a group of highly qualified candidates by a committee comprised of staff members from the Office of the Governor and the THC.

In addition to Waxahachie, Nacogdoches and San Marcos also received the 2010 First Lady’s Texas Treasure Award.

"The citizens of Waxahachie demonstrate a strong commitment to promoting their cultural resources and enriching the lives of visitors through the preservation of their unique heritage stories," said THC Chairman Jon Hansen.

"The prestige of this award assures that Waxahachie will serve as a model for other communities to follow on their own preservation journey."

The First Lady’s Texas Treasures Award promotes and recognizes the unique heritage experiences of Waxahachie through special signage and a DVD promoting the cultural resources of the community.

To see video clips of the 2009 award winning communities visit the THC Web site at www.thc.state.tx.us.

To learn more about this and other heritage tourism initiatives contact the THC’s Community Heritage Development Division at 512-463-6092.


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