Historic Resource Surveys in Aransas, Calhoun, and Refugio Counties

Historic Resources Surveys of Aransas, Calhoun, and Refugio Counties

In March 2019, the Texas Historical Commission (THC) received a grant from the National Park Service’s Emergency Supplemental Historic Preservation Fund to address the consequences of Hurricane Harvey on historic properties. To further our mission of protecting and preserving the state’s historic resources for the use, education, enjoyment, and economic benefit of present and future generations, THC, though our primary contractor Johnson, Mirmiran & Thompson, Inc. (JMT), is preparing to conduct historic resources surveys of Aransas, Calhoun, and Refugio Counties. These counties were identified based on the lack of existing historic resource surveys, the likelihood of finding historic properties, and the threat of future hurricanes. The goal of this project is to develop a historic context and to identify historically significant properties, neighborhoods, and communities. Such surveys can be indispensable to raise a community’s awareness of its cultural heritage, create a lasting record of a community’s history, recognize those properties with potential for historic designation, and ensure historic resources are taken into account when federal agencies consider the impacts of their undertakings on the natural and human environment.

The Texas Historical Commission will conduct these county-wide historic resource surveys starting in the fall of 2021. The purpose of this survey is to document existing historic-age (45 year or older) buildings, structures, and significant landscape and infrastructure features. Architectural Historians will be traveling the county photographing and documenting historic resources all from the public right-of-way. They will be recording information such as materials, function, and integrity. 

Prior to commencing the survey, the THC will introduce the project at a public meeting and provide an opportunity for stakeholders and community members to provide comments, questions, and feedback. Now, THC invites you to join us for a series of virtual kick-off meetings for the project.


Aransas

The Aransas County public meeting will be held virtually on Tuesday, June 22, 2021 at 6pm through THC's Zoom platform at https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82961000391?pwd=TGJMaGx5YWpqYzJxTGt1WGxSWFo3UT09 or by calling 1-833-548-0282 and entering Meeting ID 82961000391 and Passcode 174876.

If you are interested in the survey but are not able to participate in the meeting, you can submit any comments or questions or request presentation material via email at ESHPF_Survey@thc.texas.gov.


Calhoun

The Calhoun County public meeting will be held virtually on Thursday, June 24, 2021 at 6pm through THC's Zoom platform at https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86730967788?pwd=VFV4R1hBS1dmbWI3MWpDUElhZ1BRQT09 or by calling 1-833-548-0282 and entering Meeting ID 86730967788 and Passcode 627595.

If you are interested in the survey but are not able to participate in the meeting, you can submit any comments or questions or request presentation material via email at ESHPF_Survey@thc.texas.gov.


Refugio

The Refugio County public meeting will be held virtually on Tuesday, June 29, 2021 at 6pm through THC's Zoom platform at https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82021300023?pwd=cDBFWUVSbUJrTFA1RUVrNnV0bHVCdz09 or by calling 1-833-548-0282 and entering Meeting ID 82021300023 and Passcode 310183.

If you are interested in the survey but are not able to participate in the meeting, you can submit any comments or questions or request presentation material via email at ESHPF_Survey@thc.texas.gov.

Ben Shelton Building, RefugioFulton Mansion State Historic Site, Rockport