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Cemeteries receives historic texas cemetery designation
Houston County Courier - October 2009
By Marty Cash
The Texas Historical Commission (THC) recently designated The Davis Cemetery, Grapeland, submitted by M.Z. Shaver, and Evergreen Cemetery, Lovelady, submitted by Marty Cash, as Historic Texas Cemeteries.
The distinction means the cemeteries have been legally recorded through the THC's Historic Texas Cemetery Program, an important step in ensuring their preservation.
This designation is reserved for cemeteries that are at least 50 years old and documented through the Historic Texas Cemeteries process to record their historic association and significance.
This designation is a tool that will increase public awareness of these important cultural resources," said Larry Oaks, executive director of the THC.
"Knowledge and education are among the best ways to guarantee the preservation of a historic cemetery. Cemeteries hold valuable historic information and they are often the last reminders of early settlements' historical events, religious beliefs, lifestyles and genealogy. “
While the Historic Texas Cemetery designation encourages cemetery preservation, it cannot guarantee that a historic cemetery will avoid destruction. Threats to historic cemeteries include urban expansion and development, vandalism, grazing animals and long-term deterioration from weather and uncontrolled vegetation.
The THC developed the Historic Texas Cemetery designation to address the destruction of historic cemeteries and the illegal removal of cemetery fixtures. Any individual or organization is eligible to submit an application for this designation.
Maxine Moore, Houston County Historical Commission Chair said, "The Historical Commission is pleased to have been of assistance in the acquisition of these designations."
For additional information regarding Historic Texas Cemetery designation, or to receive an application, contact the Houston County Historical Commission at firstname.lastname@example.org or 544-3255 ex. 238.
To find out more about historic cemetery preservation visit the HCHC office or visit the THC's website at www.thc.state.tx.us.