Residents Encouraged to Help Preserve Endangered RGV Historic Places

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Preservation Texas has issued a call for nominations for its 2014 list of Texas’ Most Endangered Historic Places and is asking Rio Grande Valley residents to help identify threatened historic resources by submitting nominations.

Nominations are open to the public and the nomination form is available by visiting www.preservationtexas.org. Some of the sites in the Rio Grande Valley recognized in previous years include the historic buildings of Rio Grande City and the George Kraigher House in Brownsville.

“Each year more and more of the state’s historic properties fall victim to commercial development, neglect or suburban sprawl,” said Charlene Orr, president of Preservation Texas, Inc., a statewide partner of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. “Texas’ Most Endangered Historic Places focuses attention on worthy sites, encourages appreciation of them, and helps local communities generate support for them.”

Through the Texas’ Most Endangered Historic Places program, selected sites receive technical assistance to determine how to best preserve the structure from architects, engineers and other preservation professionals; assistance with fund raising strategies, including grants and tax incentives, and information on restoration and revitalization techniques used successfully at other sites.

Preservation Texas, Inc., a statewide nonprofit organization, is the advocate for preserving the historic resources in Texas. It is the only private, nonprofit membership organization in Texas dedicated to being a full-service statewide preservation organization.

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