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Thursday, May 10, 2012

Visit Texas Historic Sites for Free Sunday

Texas Travel & Tourism Week and Preservation Month are currently underway, and the Texas Historical Commission (THC) encourages you to celebrate by visiting our state historic sites for free during the annual THC Historic Sites Day on Sunday, May 13.

Many of the THC’s historic sites—including Starr Family Home, Sam Bell Maxey House, Casa Navarro, Sam Rayburn House Museum, and Levi Jordan Plantation—completed major restoration projects over the past year and recently reopened their doors to the public (note: Levi Jordan Plantation is open only on a limited schedule). For a full list of sites offering free admission on May 13, visit our Historic Sites Free Day web page.

Restored exterior of Sam Bell Maxey House
New interactive exhibit at Casa Navarro
Levi Jordan Plantation post renovation
Newly restored interior of Starr Family Home

Texas Travel and Tourism Week, May 5–13, recognizes the Texas travel industry and its significant contribution to the state economy. Preservation Month, sponsored by the National Trust for Historic Preservation, encourages community members to celebrate and become involved in local preservation projects and historic sites. This year’s theme is “Discover America's Hidden Gems.”

Also this week, join us for a special celebration in El Paso on Saturday, May 12 for the reopening of the Magoffin Home State Historic Site. The circa-1875 adobe home has undergone significant restoration for more than a year and will commemorate the reopening with a day-long event featuring special speakers, interactive booths, community vendors, and more. For more information, visit the Magoffin Home website.

Magoffin Home reopening May 12

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