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Nominations Open: Cum Concilio Club Heritage Preservation Award

The Stephen F. Austin State University Stone Fort Museum will present the inaugural Cum Concilio Club Heritage Preservation Award, honoring those who are dedicated to preserving Nacogdoches and its history.

The Stone Fort Museum’s biennial heritage preservation award was established in honor of the Cum Concilio Club’s dedication to the preservation of Nacogdoches’ cultural and historic landscape. The award recognizes an individual or group who has made significant contributions to the preservation of eastern Texas history and Nacogdoches’ heritage. Award recipients will be recorded on a plaque located in the museum garden, which will guide visitors to completed preservation projects throughout the county.

Preservation of Nacogdoches’ rich heritage began in earnest with the loss of Y’Barbo’s stone house in 1902. The Cum Concilio Club recognized the importance of the building and mounted a campaign to save the historic landmark. While the Club was unable to stop the demolition of the stone house, their preservation efforts struck a chord throughout Texas. The 1936 reconstruction of the stone house on the campus of Stephen F. Austin State Teachers’ College as a regional history museum is a tribute to the Cum Concilio Club’s dedication to heritage preservation.

Nominations are now being accepted and are due by 5 p.m., Tuesday, June 30.

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