From Staff Reports

Press Release

PRESS RELEASE: AUSTIN —The Navarro County Historical Commission (Navarro CHC) has been awarded a 2021 Distinguished Service Award from the Texas Historical Commission (THC).

This annual award affirms Navarro CHC appointees for managing well-rounded history and preservation-related programs that enrich Texas communities. The Commissioners Court––presented the Distinguished Service Award certificate and publicly acknowledged the Navarro CHC appointees for their dedicated service at their regular meeting on Aug. 8. 

“Our preservation partners faced great challenges from the pandemic, but they redirected their efforts and ensured that history programming and preservation projects continued in communities across Texas,” said THC Executive Director Mark Wolfe. “The Navarro CHC has demonstrated remarkable resiliency and innovation, and we are happy to honor its extraordinary volunteers with the 2021 Distinguished Service Award.”

Texas CHCs provided more than 284,046 volunteer hours in 2021, which is an in-kind donation to the state valued at more than $8.5 million. CHC contributions in 2021 are remarkable given challenges presented by the pandemic.

Back: Commissioners Jason Grant, Eddie Perry, Navarro CHC appointees Faith Boyd, Margaret Thomas, Les Cotten, Preston Bonner,
Sheryl Porter Hicks and Kit Herrington, Commissioners Eddie Moore and James Olsen Front:  Judge H. M. Davenport and Dr. MaryJane McReynolds, Chair, Navarro CHC | Photo Courtesy of MJ McReynolds

The Navarro CHC’s 2021 accomplishments included monitoring the physical condition of our historic cemeteries and Historical Markers, and promoting historical and cultural sites to sustain heritage tourism initiatives,” said Dr. MaryJane McReynolds, Navarro CHC Chair, “We also collaborated with several history-focused organizations in the County to promote and preserve historic resources.  These included the Kerens Veterans Military Museum, the Frost Heritage Center, Pelham Community History Museum, GW Jackson Multicultural Society and Pioneer Village.  We have enhanced our online presence by adding ‘Navarro County History Minute’ podcasts focusing on specific moments in history.   To learn more about Navarro CHC, visit our Facebook page.” 

The THC assists more than 200 CHCs through programs and services that preserve Texas’ heritage for the education, enjoyment, and economic benefit of present and future generations. The THC’s advisory role to CHCs is outlined in the Texas Local Government Code, the statute that enables county commissioners courts to establish CHCs. The volunteer appointees, as directed by county officials, initiate and conduct programs that preserve the historic and cultural resources of Texas.

The THC received 193 CHC annual reports for the 2021 year of service and 82 of those CHCs were approved for a Distinguished Service Award. A list of 2021 DSA winners and a digital copy of this press release template are provided here:  

For more information about CHCs in Texas, visit or contact the History Programs Division at 512-463-5853.  (

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