National Trust for Historic Preservation Announces Emergency Recruitment of Volunteers to Help Assess Conditions of Galveston's Historic Infrastructure.
Austin Texas-Galveston Historical Foundation (GHF) Executive Director Dwayne Jones announced today that the offices of Preservation Texas, the state's nonprofit preservation organization, will serve as GHF's temporary headquarters in the aftermath of Hurricane Ike. Preservation Texas is located at 1204 San Antonio Drive in Austin, Texas.
Galveston Historical Foundation is one of the largest local preservation organizations in the country. It is the steward of 13 historic properties in Galveston and employs more than 70 full and part-time staff members.
Galveston's downtown Strand National Historic Landmark District and the residential East End Historic Landmark District comprise the largest federally recognized historic landmark district area in the state of Texas.
Jones and several other GHF staff members who evacuated to Austin will be working remotely with other staff who evacuated to locations throughout Texas to assess the condition of Galveston's historic infrastructure and create teams of volunteers to begin the long job of restoration.
Jones' first order of business in the Austin offices of GHF was to conduct a conference call at 4 p.m. today to GHF's staff and board to share information about conditions on the ground in Galveston and to share plans and contact information.
Staff members Clay Wade, director of events; Eve Monteith, events coordinator, and David Darden, facilities manager, who remained in Galveston during Hurricane Ike reported their findings about the condition of GHF's 13 historic properties to the staff and board at the 4 p.m. conference call.
Jones announced that the National Trust for Historic Preservation, headquartered in Washington, D.C., has offered financial assistance and has posted a call for volunteer engineers and architects to create condition assessment teams that will travel to Galveston when utilities have been restored. To volunteer for one of those teams, visit http://www.preservationnation.org.
Financial assistance to Galveston Historical Foundation can be made online at www.galvestonhistory.org through membership in the foundation or through direct donation. Donations made online will be put to work immediately as GHF staff and volunteers begin working to assess and repair Galveston's incomparable historic fabric -- from its modest working-class bungalow and shotgun house neighborhoods to the grand East End and the Strand downtown district.
"The National Trust for Historic Preservation is in close touch with Galveston Historical Foundation," said Peter Brink, vice president of the National Trust for Historic Preservation and former executive director of Galveston Historical Foundation. "We have already gotten a call for structural engineers and architects. We will be working closely with GHF on the recovery."
Jones will conduct a press conference about the condition of Galveston's historic infrastructure at 11 a.m., Monday, September 15, at GHF Headquarters in Austin.