The former mayor of Galveston, Texas, Lyda Ann Thomas, along with 22 others from across the nation,  is being honored by the National Trust at the National Trust and Preservation Conference being held next week in Austin,

Thomas is being honored for her preservation efforts after Hurricane Ike ravaged Galveston in 2008. Hurricane Ike was the third costliest hurricane ever to make landfall in the United States.

The hurricane surge plus flooding from Galveston Bay inundated the National Historic District of The Strand with 8 feet of water presenting an enormous and complex challenge to the Galveston Historical Foundation supporters.

Thomas took decisive actions to preserve the historic buildings and Galveston’s long and rich history. Not only did she convince the Federal Emergency Management Administration to direct funds to nonprofit organizations that own historic buildings in the city, she is leading an effort to raise matching funds to restore the damaged roof of the Bishop’s palace. The National Trust cited many more deserving  reasons for the honor. If you’d like to read  Bronwyn Turners article in the Galveston Daily News click on the following link

Historic buildings are an important part of our genealogical and social history and we cannot afford to lose these tangible links to the past.

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