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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