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THC Recognizes Newton, Jasper, Polk, and Tyler Counties with the Distinguished Service Award 
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by: Rep. White, James

(Austin, TX) – The Texas Historical Commission (THC) recognized the Newton County Historical Commission, Jasper County Historical Commission, Polk County Historical Commission, and Tyler Historical Commission with Distinguished Service Awards (DSA) for the 2017 year of service. The THC uses this annual award to affirm County Historical Commissions (CHC) that document ongoing, well-rounded programs of history and preservation-related projects that enrich our local communities.

“Texas County Historical Commissions were established to preserve and protect historic and cultural resources, which aligns with our agency’s efforts to save the real places that tell the real stories of Texas.” said THC Executive Director Mark Wolfe.

"The preservation of our community's history is integral to our culture, economic prosperity, and the educational foundation of our Texas youth. I am incredibly proud of the work that our commission volunteers do in our Southeast Texas communities by organizing events that foster our loved traditions," said State Representative White.

Texas CHCs provided more than 417,000 volunteer hours in 2017, which is an in-kind donation to the state valued at more than $10 million. The THC assists more than 200 CHCs through programs and services that preserve Texas’ heritage for the education, enjoyment, and economic benefit of present and future generations. The THC’s advisory role to CHCs is outlined in the Texas Local Government Code, the statute that enables county commissioners courts to establish CHCs. The volunteer appointees, as directed by county officials, initiate and conduct programs that preserve the historic and cultural resources of Texas.

For more information about CHCs in Texas, visit or contact the History Programs Division at 512-463-5853.

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Room 4N.5

P.O. Box 2910,

Austin, TX 78768


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P.O. Box 395,

Woodville, TX 75979

205 N. Charlton Street

Woodville, Texas 75979

(409) 283-3700

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