During Commissioners Court on June 13, Fort Bend County Judge Bob Hebert recognized the Fort Bend County Historical Commission for its recent receipt of the Texas Historical Commission’s (THC) Distinguished Service Award (DSA) for the 2016 year of service.
The THC issues DSAs each year to county historical commissions (CHCs) that document ongoing, well-rounded programs of history and preservation-related projects such as the stewardship of architectural, archeological, and cultural landmarks in the county.
“These unpaid volunteers perform tremendously valuable work preserving a wide range of historical information pertaining to Fort Bend County,” Hebert said. “They are truly deserving of this recognition.”
Texas CHCs provided more than 468,000 volunteer hours in 2016, which is an in-kind donation to the state valued at more than $11 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 thc.texas.gov/chcoutreach or contact the History Programs Division at 512-463-5853.