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Press Release
December 7, 1999
Contact: Doris Sanchez
(512) 463-0127

AUSTIN, TX -- State Sen. Eddie Lucio, Jr., D-Brownsville, announced today that the Lester and Florence Skaggs House in Weslaco was awarded an $18,000 grant from the Texas Preservation Trust Fund (TPTF), a program of the Texas Historical Commission (THC). The grant will assist the Frontera Audubon Society in its effort to preserve this valuable landmark.

The THC selected 28 preservation projects from 79 applications to be recipients of the 2000 TPTF grant awards totaling approximately $376,000.

The Texas Legislature created the TPTF, the only preservation grant program in the state, to preserve endangered historic buildings and significant archeological sites statewide. The TPTF is an interest-earning pool of public and private monies. The earned interest and designated gifts are distributed as matching grants. The program provides up to one-third of the total project costs for acquiring, planning and developing historic properties.

The state legislature provided a significant boost to the TPTF with a $2.5 million appropriation in 1995, 1997 and 1999. A portion of the interest on these appropriations was used for the 2000 grants to public or private owners of eligible historic properties.

"The financial aid the Texas Preservation Trust Fund provides is a unique resource that contributes to our state's growing heritage tourism industry. The grant program helps our community and many others create a quality of life that attracts new business to our state," said Sen. Lucio.

"With the continued support of the Texas Legislature and with funds raised through private individuals, foundations and corporations, the THC's Texas Preservation Trust Fund can become a self-sustaining source of funding for the preservation of historic structures and archeological sites throughout Texas," added the Senator.

For more information or to apply for the fiscal year 2001 TPTF grant awards, contact Lisa Harvell in the THC Architecture Division, at 512/463-6094 or P.O. Box 12276, Austin, TX 78711.

Note: 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. To view a complete list of grant recipients and projects, visit the Commission's web site at