Texas Register, Volume 37, Number 35, Pages 6819-7008, August 31, 2012 Page: 6,871
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cal commissions in the marker application process and outlined
program priorities and guidelines. The Museum Services Pro-
gram works with history museums across the state to promote
best practices in the care and preservation of their collections.
The purpose of the Official Texas Historical Marker Program is to
promote Texas' history and encourage heritage tourism by com-
memorating diverse subjects including events that changed the
course of local or state history and individuals who made a last-
ing contribution to the state.
The purpose of the Museum Services Program is to assist his-
tory museums throughout the state on various aspects of mu-
seum operations, including the preservation, management, and
interpretation of museum collections.
The amendment to 21.7 will update the chapter and rule
reference related to the Historic Texas Cemetery designation
process. The current 21.7 refers to 21.12 of this chapter; the
correct chapter reference is 22.6 due to changes in the code
that were effective May 2010.
Amendments to 21.9 clarify the marker application evaluation
procedures to reflect changes in the scoring criteria governing
the evaluation for approval or rejection of applications for Official
Texas Historical Markers, Recorded Texas Historic Landmarks
(RTHLs), or Historic Texas Cemetery designations.
The amendment to 21.15 will strike a reference to the opera-
tion of the Sam Rayburn House Museum as part of the agency's
Museum Services Program. The Sam Rayburn House Museum
now operates under the jurisdiction of the agency's Historic Sites
Mark Wolfe, Executive Director, has determined that for the first
five-year period the sections are in effect there will be no fiscal
implications for state or local government as a result of enforcing
or administering the sections.
Mr. Wolfe also has determined that for each year of the first five
years the sections are in effect the public benefit anticipated as a
result of enforcing the sections will be an increased clarity of the
administration of the Official Texas Historical Marker Program.
There will be no effect on small or micro businesses. There is no
anticipated economic cost to persons who are required to comply
with the sections as proposed.
Comments on the proposal may be submitted to Mark Wolfe, Ex-
ecutive Director, Texas Historical Commission, P.O. Box 12276,
Austin, Texas 78711-2276. Comments will be accepted for 30
days after publication in the Texas Register
SUBCHAPTER B. OFFICIAL TEXAS
HISTORICAL MARKER PROGRAM
13 TAC 21.7, 21.9
The amendments are proposed under 442.005(q) of Title 4,
Subtitle D of the Texas Government Code, which provides the
Commission with the authority to promulgate rules and condi-
tions to reasonably effect the purposes of this chapter.
The proposed amendments implement 442.006 of the Texas
No other statutes, articles, or codes are affected by these
21.7. Application Requirements.
(a) Any individual, group or county historical commission
may apply to the commission for an Official Texas Historical Marker.
The application shall include:
(1) a completed current Official Texas Historical Marker
(2) supporting documentation as provided in program
guidelines, criteria and procedures adopted by the commission;[.]
(3) an application fee in the amount of $100 [$400400].
(b) Historic Texas Cemetery markers. A marker may be
awarded to a cemetery only if the commission has designated the
cemetery as a Historic Texas Cemetery. See 22.6 [*2-12] of this
title [chapter] for information concerning Historic Texas Cemetery
designation. The marker must be located either at or immediately
adjacent to the designated cemetery.
(c) The following procedures shall be observed for the marker
application process. Potential sponsors should check the commission
web site at www.thc.state.tx.us for current information on the Official
Texas Historical Marker Program.
(1) The sponsor must contact the county historical commis-
sion (CHC) to obtain a marker application form, to review basic pro-
gram requirements and to discuss the county's review process and pro-
cedures, which differ from county to county. The commission does not
mandate a specific review process at the county level, so the sponsor
will need to work closely with the CHC to be sure all local concerns and
procedures are addressed properly. The CHCs cannot send the applica-
tion forward until they can certify that the history and the application
have been adequately reviewed.
(2) CHC reviews the marker application for accuracy and
significance, and either approves the application or works with the
sponsor to develop additional information as necessary.
(3) CHC-approved applications are forwarded online as a
Word document to the History Programs Division of the commission.
Once the application is received by the commission, additional notifi-
cations and correspondence will be between the CHC contact and the
commission staff contact only, unless otherwise noted.
(4) Commission staff makes a preliminary assessment to
determine if the topic is eligible for review and if all required elements
are included. The commission will notify the applicant through the
CHC whether the application is accepted.
(5) Upon notification the application has been accepted for
review, a $100 application fee is due within ten days.
(6) Eligible applications receive further review, and addi-
tional information may be requested via email. Failure to provide all
requested materials as instructed within 45 days, unless a longer period
is approved by the commission, will result in cancellation of the appli-
(7) Commission staff and commissioners review applica-
tions and determine:
(A) eligibility for approval;
(B) size and type of marker for each topic; and
(C) priorities for work schedule on the approved appli-
(8) CHC and sponsor will be notified via email of approval
and provided a payment form for the casting of the marker.
(9) The payment must be received in commission offices
within 45 days or the application will be cancelled.
PROPOSED RULES August 31, 2012 37 TexReg 6871
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