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Texas gave Preservation Action a Lone-Star welcome January 27-31, 2014. In the state where the founding inspiration for a national coalition of preservation-focused grassroots activists began, now Preservation Action, State Senator Rodney Ellis and Licia Green-Ellis hosted a reception and meetings with preservationists to share ideas and works underway in historic preservation.

Politicos with hearts in preservation, Senator Ellis and his wife have championed support for historic preservation projects in Houston and Texas and through national organizations. Friends of preservation, former US Congressman Craig Washington, Sylvia Brooks a consultant on Emancipation Park, Stephanie Jones and David Bush of Preservation Houston, Anna Mod of Prairie View A&M University and several students from the preservation program joined Preservation Action at a reception at the Ellis’ home. Darlene Taylor, President of Preservation Action and Hal Fairbanks, member of the Preservation Action Executive Committee attended.

Minnette Boesel, Assistant for Cultural Affairs to Houston Mayor Annise D. Parker, met with Preservation Action. Boesel spoke fondly of working with Nellie Longsworth, President of Preservation Action 1974-1998 and serving as Chair of Preservation Action urging congress for a national rehabilitation tax credit.

From Houston, the preservation welcome tour included preservation and cultural heritage activities across neighborhoods and continued to Austin and the state capitol building. Mark Wolfe and Vaughn Aldredge of the Texas Historical Commission joined Preservation Action to discuss funding for historic preservation and the upcoming National Historic Preservation Advocacy Week.

As the National Conference of State Legislators Executive Committee gathered in Austin for their annual meeting, Senator Ellis led Preservation Action on a tour of the capitol building. Senators Ellis and gathered with legislators and Preservation Action. Taylor and Fairbanks joined the bike ride through Austin neighborhoods and around the state capitol.

To learn more about state issues and deepen Preservation Action’s engagement with members, friends, and legislators, we will continue to meet advocates in their home states and connect advocates and legislators in discussions about the importance of historic preservation.

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