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Tuesday, May 5, 2009

PRESS RELEASE

For Immediate Release: May 5, 2009
Contact: JoVina Harris 936-422-4934

Tom Havard Cemetery Receives Historic Texas Cemetery Designation –

Zavalla, TX – The Texas Historical Commission (THC) recently designated
the Tom Havard Cemetery as a Historic Texas Cemetery. The distinction
means the cemetery has been legally recorded through the THC’s Historic
Texas Cemetery Program, an important step in ensuring its preservation.
This designation is reserved for cemeteries that are at least 50 years old and
documented through the Historic Texas Cemeteries process to record their
historic association and significance.
A dedication ceremony to commemorate this historic designation will be
held at 10am on Saturday May 9, 2009 at the Tom Havard Cemetery on
Weaver Bend Road at the annual Havard Family Reunion. Speakers for the
event include Charles (PeeWee) Havard, president of the Tom Havard
Association.
“This designation is a tool that will increase public awareness of these
important cultural resources”, said Larry Oaks, executive director of the
THC. “Knowledge and education are among the best ways to guarantee the
preservation of a historic cemetery.”
Cemeteries hold valuable historic information and they are often the last
reminders of early settlements’ historical events, religious beliefs, lifestyles
and genealogy. While the Historic Texas Cemetery designation encourages
cemetery preservation, it cannot guarantee that a historic cemetery will
avoid destruction. Threats to historic cemeteries include urban expansion
and development, vandalism, grazing animals and long-term deterioration
from weather and uncontrolled vegetation.
The THC developed the Historic Texas Cemetery designation to address the
destruction of historic cemeteries and the illegal removal of cemetery
fixtures. Any individual or organization is eligible to submit an application
for this designation.
For additional information regarding Historic Texas Cemetery designation,
or to receive an application, contact Annette Bethke of the THC’s History
Programs Division at 512-463-1305 or annett.bethke@thc.state.tx.us.
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. www.thc.state.tx.
us

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Tom Havard Cemetery  
Established
1872