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Apr 23, 2018

Wharton Church Receives Historical Marker

The Texas Historical Commission (THC) recently recognized St. Thomas’ Episcopal Church, Wharton as a significant part of Texas history by awarding it an Official Texas Historical Marker. The designation honors St. Thomas’ as an important and educational part of local history.

A dedication ceremony to commemorate the event will be held on Sunday, May 6, 2018, at 207 Bob-O-Link Lane, Wharton, Texas.  

“The Official Texas Historical Marker program helps bring attention to community treasures and the importance of their preservation,” said Mark Wolfe, executive director of the THC.  “Awareness and education are among the best ways to guarantee the preservation of our state’s history.  This designation is a tool that will increase public awareness of important cultural resources,” Wolfe said.

“When St. Thomas’ was officially established at the Diocese of Texas Annual Council in 1867, it became the first and only Episcopal Church to permanently root in Wharton County” (from the marker application).

“It is vital that as we move forward, we do not forget our past.  Not only will the Texas Historical Marker provide awareness in the community of our fascinating history, but it will become a building block for the promotion of local tourism,” said Ron Sanders, Executive Director of Wharton Chamber of Commerce and Agriculture.

Two basic criteria must be met and include: historical significance and age.  Historical significance is established by reviewing its role and importance in local history, and the age requirement depends on the topic.  The THC’s Official Texas Marker Policies are outlined in the Official Texas Historical Marker Procedures, which may be obtained by contacting the History Programs Division, Texas Historical Commission, at 512.463.5853 or visiting the web site at www.thc.state.tx.us.

There are three types of Texas Historical Markers. Subject markers are posted solely for public education awareness and awarded more frequently than the Recorded Texas Historic Landmark (RTHL), which is a legal designation for historic structures and comes with a measure of protection. Unlike subject markers, the RTHL must also meet a third criterion--architectural integrity. Historic Texas Cemetery (HTC) markers identify cemeteries which have obtained the HTC designation and whose histories have been researched in detail.

The Texas Historical Commission is the state agency for historic preservation.  The agency administers a variety of programs to preserve the archeological, historical and cultural resources of Texas.

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