AUSTIN, Texas—The Texas Historical Commission (THC) recently recognized Orange County with the 2010 Distinguished Service Award. The honor will be presented during a meeting of the Commissioner’s Court on 11, April 2011. The award recognizes County Historical Commissions (CHCs) that have demonstrated substantial preservation efforts, cultivated partnerships, and engaged in educational opportunities that lead to a greater understanding of state and local history. Some of the exemplary efforts considered for the Distinguished Service Award include advancing youth programs, pursuing historical markers for diverse subjects, maintaining historic cemeteries, recording oral histories, assisting local museums, and surveying cultural and historical resources.

“The commitment of Orange County’s preservation efforts demonstrates an enthusiasm for saving the real places of Texas,” said THC Executive Director Mark Wolfe. “Your service has helped to enrich the lives of others through history, ensuring the preservation of the state’s past into the future.”

CHCs are a vital link in Texas’ preservation network and few other states have a built-in mechanism that establishes a preservation organization in every county. These unpaid county appointees donated an estimated $16.3 million in volunteer hours towards the preservation of Texas’ historic assets in 2010. CHCs work in a dynamic and positive partnership with the THC to preserve Texas’ heritage for the use, education, enjoyment, and economic benefit of present and future generations. Other CHC responsibilities include the preservation of countless historic buildings, artifacts, documents and other pieced of Texas history.

For more information about the Distinguished Service Award, visit or contact the History Program’s Division at 512.463.5853.