Tribpedia: State Preservation Board

State Cemetery Could Soon Be Under New Management

The Texas State Cemetery is home to more than 900 Texans who have shaped the civic and political life of the state, including 13 governors and Stephen F. Austin, the so-called Father of Texas.
The Texas State Cemetery is home to more than 900 Texans who have shaped the civic and political life of the state, including 13 governors and Stephen F. Austin, the so-called Father of Texas.

Lawmakers are aiming to restructure the chain of command at the Texas State Cemetery. But longtime caretakers of the famous graveyard think a measure moving through the Capitol goes too far in shifting power.

The Governor's Mansion, Austin, Texas.
The Governor's Mansion, Austin, Texas.

Historic Governor's Mansion to Be Tweaked for Abbott

The first Texas governor to use a wheelchair will soon move into a governor’s mansion built 134 years before the Americans with Disabilities Act required accessibility for the disabled. But thanks to an arsonist’s Molotov cocktail, the 1856 mansion needs only minor fixes before the January arrival of Gov.-elect Greg Abbott.

Statues built as a tribute to Juneteenth for the Texas Capitol grounds sit weathering at the Deep In The Heart of Texas Art Foundry property.
Statues built as a tribute to Juneteenth for the Texas Capitol grounds sit weathering at the Deep In The Heart of Texas Art Foundry property.

Juneteenth Project Stalls, and New Monument Emerges

A Juneteenth monument was built for the state Capitol, but it won't be installed after all. Among the concerns raised: Some said one of the monument's statues looked too much like a legislator who pushed through the bill to build the monument. Now, a new monument will come to the Capitol grounds instead.

Joe Straus, Speaker, Texas House of Representatives
Joe Straus, Speaker, Texas House of Representatives

Straus Wants to Slow Down on Mansion

The state ought to slow down proposals to expand the Governor's Mansion, House Speaker Joe Straus said in the inaugural TribLive event this morning, creating an obstacle to an idea endorsed by First Lady Anita Perry that has stirred historic preservationists in Texas.