National Historic Preservation Month
The DeWitt County Historical Commission and Cuero’s Main Street organization will celebrate National Historic Preservation Month with the dedication of a Recorded Texas Historic Landmark (RTHL) marker at the Alexander and Annie Hamilton House. The public is invited to attend the event at 902 N Esplanade, Tuesday, May 21, at 3:30 p.m.
RTHL markers are approved for historic structures that are at least 50 years old and are deemed worthy of preservation for both their architectural and historical significance. The Texas Historical Commission (THC) recognized the Alexander and Annie Hamilton House with a RTHL medallion and marker in 1976. A larger marker with an expanded narrative about its place in Texas history has been recently approved following extensive restoration of the home.
“The Official Historic Marker program brings attention to community treasurers and the importance of their preservation,” Mark Wolfe said, executive director of the THC. “Awareness and education are among the best ways to guarantee the preservation of our state’s history. This designation is a tool that will increase public awareness of important cultural resources.”
The National Trust for Historic Preservation has declared the month of May “Preservation Month” since 1973. Applications for historic markers are submitted to the THC by the County Historical Commission. The presence of historical markers in the city furthers the goal of the historical commission to perpetuate knowledge of local history. It furthers the goal of the Main Street program to develop heritage tourism.