Region preserves past by planning for the future

The Texas Historical Com-mission’s (THC) Visionaries in Preservation Program will be conducting an informational workshop for communities and counties in the Forts/Hill County Region on April 3, from 6:30’8 p.m. at the Majestic Hotel in Eastland. This workshop provides an opportunity for communities in the region to learn how to cooperatively capitalize on historic and cultural assets. Tracey Althans, program director of Visionaries in Preservation Program will talk about how historic preservation is a tool to enhance quality of life, particularly through downtown and community revitalization, heritage tourism, and affordable housing. Tim Yandell, regional coordinator for the Texas Forts Trail, will give an update on heritage tourism activities in the region. The THC’s Visionaries in Preservation Program is a local initiative designed to help communities shape their preservation efforts through visioning, planning and training. Communities accepted into the program organize and participate in local visioning workshops and planning sessions. The THC then develops local action plans and training sessions to direct preservation efforts. The Texas Forts Trail is a part of the Texas Heritage Trails Program, a regional tourism initiative of the Texas Historical Commission and is hosted regionally by the Texas Midwest Community Network in Abilene. The program helps Texas communities promote tourism, revitalize local economies and foster community leadership through historic preservation. The Texas Historical Commission is the state agency for historic preservation. The agency administers a variety of programs to preserve the archeological, historical and cultural resources of Texas. For more information visit

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