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State of Texas
Texas Historical Commission
News Release
Tuesday, January 07, 2014



SANTA FE, TX — The Texas Historical Commission (THC) has recognized Santa Fe ISD’s original 1928 high school building as a significant part of Texas history by awarding it an Official Texas Historical Marker.  The designation honors the district as an important and educational part of local history.


A dedication ceremony to commemorate the event will be held on January 15 at 13304 Highway 6 in Santa Fe at 5 pm.  Speakers will include school district, city and county officials. Tours of the building and its historical exhibits are available after the marker unveiling ceremony. The Galveston County Historical Commission welcomes the public to share in and witness this exciting historical event.


“The Official Texas Historical Marker program helps bring attention to community treasures and the importance of their preservation,” said Mark Wolfe, executive director of the THC.  “Awareness and education are among the best ways to guarantee the preservation of our state’s history.  This designation is a tool that will increase public awareness of important cultural resources,” Wolfe said.


A subject qualifies for a marker if two basic criteria are met: historical significance and age.  Historical significance is established by reviewing its role and importance in local history, and the age requirement depends on the topic.  The THC’s Official Texas Marker Policies are outlined in the Official Texas Historical Marker Procedures, which may be obtained by contacting the History Programs Division, Texas Historical Commission, at 512/463-5853 or visiting the web site at


In the late 1800s, the towns of Algoa, Arcadia, and Alta Loma each operated their own primary schools. By 1912, these communities began discussions to consolidate and establish an accredited high school. Santa Fe became the first consolidated school district in the county. This unique Spanish/Southwestern style building was the high school for 31 years, until a new building was constructed. Now known as the “Old School Museum,” open Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9 to 3 and Saturdays 9 to 1, it houses historical artifacts and photographs.


“Santa Fe’s history is unique in that the school was established before the town was officially incorporated with the name of Santa Fe,” said Patti Hanssard of SFISD. “We are proud of this new partnership between the district and the local Santa Fe Area Historical Foundation. This building and its historical collection are a source of pride for our community and an educational resource for our students. ”


There are three types of Texas Historical Markers.  Subject markers are posted solely for public education awareness and awarded more frequently than the Recorded Texas Historic Landmark (RTHL), which is a legal designation for historic structures and comes with a measure of protection.  Unlike subject markers, the RTHL must also meet a third criterion--architectural integrity. Historic Texas Cemetery (HTC) markers identify cemeteries which have obtained the HTC designation and whose histories have been researched in detail.


Texas has the largest marker program in the United States with approximately 15,000 markers.  Seventeen states have used the Texas program as a model; the THC reviews more than 300 marker applications each year. 


The Texas Historical Commission is the state agency for historic preservation.  The agency administers a variety of programs to preserve the archeological, historical and cultural resources of Texas.

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