ROWENA-The Texas Historical Commission (THC) has recognized the Town of Rowena as a significant part of Texas history by awarding it an Official Historical Marker. The designation honors the town as an important and educational part of local history.

ROWENA-The Texas Historical Commission (THC) has recognized the Town of Rowena as a significant part of Texas history by awarding it an Official Historical Marker. The designation honors the town as an important and educational part of local history.

A dedication ceremony to commemorate the event will be held on Saturday, July 1, 2017 at the site of the Public Square in Rowena, at the intersection of Edward and Mary streets.

The Runnels County Historical Commission, and the Rowena Lions Club welcomes the public to share in and witness this exciting historical event that will begin at 10:30 a.m. Saturday July 1 and will coincide with the Rowena Lions Club “Meet You at the Square Celebration.”

A historian in the Official Texas Historical Marker Program for the Texas Historical Commission has sent a message for this occasion.

“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.“

A subject qualifies for a marker if two basic criteria are met: 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.

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 Ruth Cooper, chairperson of the Runnels County Historical Commission.

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.

Texas has the largest marker program in the United States with more than 15,000 markers. Seventeen states have used the Texas program as a model; the THC reviews approximately 250 marker applications each year.

Currently in Runnels County, there are two Centennial 1936 Markers, 15 recorded Texas Historical Landmarksm 37 official Texas Historical Markers, three cemeteries with official Texas Historical Markers, five Historic Texas Cemeteries and four buildings in the National Register of Historic Structures.

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