Texas Historical Commission Celebrates Leaders in Preservation at Real Places 2022 Conference

During the recent Real Places 2022 conference, the Texas Historical Commission (THC) honored worthy recipients for accomplishments and exemplary leadership in the preservation of Texas’ heritage. 

The THC’s Real Places 2022 conference brought together hundreds of individuals and organizations dedicated to protecting and preserving Texas’ historic places and the stories they tell. 

The Governor’s Award for Historic Preservation was presented to Texas Dance Hall Preservation from Austin for its initiative and efforts to help historic dance halls stay open during the unprecedented events of 2020.  

Christopher Lintz of Austin received the Curtis D. Tunnell Lifetime Achievement Award in Archeology for his longtime commitment to historic preservation, his work with the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department and his extensive work on historical Plains archeology. 

The Anice B. Read Award of Excellence in Community Heritage Development was presented to Beverly Abell for her work leading the Mesquite Main Street Program and positively impacting downtown revitalization in Texas.  

The Award of Excellence in Preserving History was awarded to the Southlake Historical Society for its exhibit, “Bob and Almeady Chisum Jones: A True Story of Resilience, Courage and Success,” which contributed to understanding the story of the Jones family, former slaves turned successful farm and ranch owners. 

MRE Capital of Annapolis, Md. was awarded the Award of Excellence in Historic Architecture for its commitment to restoring and rehabilitating significant historic properties through several financial incentive programs. 

The Award of Excellence in Media Achievement went to "Texas Time Travel Stories," Radio Caravan with Shabnam Modgil of Dallas for providing a unique opportunity for smaller heritage travel destinations—including museums, communities, and state historic sites— to market their offerings to new audiences. 

B. F. Hicks of Mount Vernon received the John Ben Shepperd County Historical Commission Leadership Award for his contributions to the Franklin County Historical Commission and his influence on many area preservation organizations that he supports through membership, board leadership and professional in-kind services. 

Graciela Gonzales of Alice received the George Christian Outstanding Volunteer of the Year Award for her dedication and service to Duval County, including creating and maintaining partnerships with neighboring preservation organizations and securing funding for the Duval County Courthouse restoration. 

The John L. Nau, III Award for Excellence in Museums was presented to the Bell County Museum for extensive research and innovative exhibit practices that created an intentionally relevant, holistic and theme-based history exhibit that inspired broader understanding about societal and economic trends inside and outside Bell County. 

The Ruth Lester Lifetime Achievement Award was awarded to Marshall J. Doke, Jr. of Dallas for his work as a longtime advocate, volunteer and donor supporting historic preservation in Texas, including his work with the Texas Historical Foundation. 

The 2021 Texas Land Title Association Award for Outstanding Courthouse Stewardship—designed to recognize counties that have established good stewardship practices to maintain courthouses in restored condition—was presented to Lamar County. The county courthouse has been conscientiously maintained since it was restored in 2002.  

The THC’s Real Places 2022 conference was presented by the Friends of the Texas Historical Commission in partnership with Phoenix 1 Restoration and Construction, LLC, along with many other sponsors and partners. 

For more on the THC Preservation Awards, visit thc.texas.gov/awards.