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Texas Heritage Society President Helps Montgomery County

Get National Endowment for the Humanities Grant

Juanita Stanley to Kameron Searle


Montgomery County, Texas was recently awarded a grant in the amount of $6,000 from the National Endowment for the Humanities to assist in preserving the Montgomery County District Clerk's records prior to 1900.  This grant will be used to prevent further loss and injury to those documents.  This award was accepted by the Montgomery County Commissioners Court at their meeting on December 21, 2009. 

Texas Heritage Society President, Kameron Searle, has been recognized for his assistance in the award of this grant to Montgomery County.  Ms. Juanita Stanley, Grants Administrator with the Montgomery County Department of Infrastructure in a letter to Searle dated December 21, 2009, wrote, "I wish to express my personal gratitude for the eloquent letter you wrote in your support of our grant request.  I truly feel that we might not have been successful without  that letter.  Your ability to "speak historian" to the review committee was crucial to securing the grant.  I further am of the opinion that your persuasive words led the National  Endowment for the Humanities to give our grant the special designation as a "We the People" award."

National Endowment for the Humanities Chairman, James Leach, in his letter to Ms. Juanita Stanley described the "We the People" initiative as follows: "The goal of the "We the People" initiative is to encourage and strengthen the teaching, study, and understanding of American history and culture through the support of projects that explore significant events and themes in our nation's history and culture and that advance knowledge of the priciples that define America."

The motto and goals of the Texas Heritage Society are to "Discover, Understand and Preserve" the history of Texas.  Our hats are off to THS President, Kameron Searle, for his efforts to preserve the history of Montgomery County, Texas contained within the records of the Montgomery County District Clerk's Office.  Click here to see both Juanita Stanley's letter and the letter from the National Endowments for the Humanities.

Submitted by Melinda R. Cagle