Texas Brazos Trail Region

Participant in the Texas Historical Commission's
Texas Heritage Trails Program

First Lady's Texas Treasures Award

Paris, Texas
Paris, photo by Curtis Craven


A successful, long-term preservation program for our historic places often guarantees an engaging heritage tourism experience, especially in a First Lady’s Texas Treasures community. First Lady Anita Perry in partnership with the Texas Historical Commission has been honoring the ingenuity, hard work and stewardship of Texas cities that realize how precious their cultural and historic legacies are to residents and the state since 2009. Popular destinations for tourists, such successful efforts to preserve the state’s diverse legacies provide visitors with an enduring appreciation of historic downtowns, archeological resources, monuments, battlefields, buildings, heritage programs, cemeteries, museums, and landscapes. Each unique, each telling a different Texas story, each a Texas Treasure.

Watch videos telling the preservation journey of each awarded city.▪ 2013 Paris ▪ 2012 San Angelo ▪ 2011 Brownsville ▪ 2010 Nacogdoches, San Marcos, Waxahachie ▪ 2009 Castroville, Georgetown, Mount Vernon.

First Lady Anita Perry talks about the importance of recognizing communities for their longstanding work to save and enhance their part of Texas heritage and culture.