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The Association for Preservation Technology Texas Chapter (APT Texas) is excited to announce the APT Texas Education and Research Grant. We anticipate making four (4) awards, in the range of $250 each. These grants are made possible by the APT Texas Educational Fund.

The goals of this grant program are:
- To support and encourage student research in the field of Historic Preservation (HP);
- To encourage and promote field study and “hands-on” experience in the field of HP/conservation;
- To develop student skills in competitive proposal writing.

Eligibility: All undergraduate and graduate students in any Texas-based school with a project focused on or related to Historic Preservation.

Deadline extended to February 1, 2023.


Are you interested in being more involved with APT Texas? Would you like to host an event or present a project? Contact us at We would love to hear from you!



Andrew Billingsley

APT Texas President

Lorelei Willett

APT Texas Vice President

Katie Totman

APT Texas Treasurer

Racheal Lute

APT Texas Secretary

Izabella Z. Nuckels

APT Texas Immediate Past President


Yung-Ju Kim & Jaime Alvarez

Austin Region

Kerry Goelzer & Olivia Tarricone

Houston/Galveston Regions

Priya Jain

Central Texas Region

David Preziosi & Nancy McCoy

Dallas/Fort Worth Region

Anna Nau

San Antonio Region

Mahyar Hadighi

West Texas Region

Mitch Ford
Emerging Professional Liaison

Cara Quigley
Student Liaison


Greetings APT Texas Members

It has been a busy year and 2022 has flown by! The APT Texas Board of Directors would like to wish you all a very happy and healthy holiday season! We'll be in touch again in 2023. Until then see below for a project highlight from Mitch Ford, our Emerging Professional Liaison. Also, please spread the word about our Education and Research Grant. The application deadline was recently extended to February 1, 2023 (more details below).


Project Highlight:

Preserving Dance Halls, One Step at a Time 

Exterior of the Lindenau Dance Hall in Cuero, Texas. (Source: Stantec)

Since 2021, architectural historians from Austin-based Cox McLain Environmental Consulting (now Stantec) have been hard at work documenting dance halls across southeastern Texas. Stantec was retained by Texas Dance Hall Preservation (TDHP) to complete surveying activities that will be used for future disaster preparedness planning. Following Hurricane Harvey, Irma, and Maria, the THC received an Emergency Supplemental Historic Preservation Fund Grant from the National Park Service to assist with historic preservation efforts. With the grant funding, TDHP is documenting historic dance halls and studying vulnerabilities to be prepared for the next big storm.

Dance halls play an important role in Texas history and culture. The buildings often have various designs and layouts that tell a story of their own. Shapes may range from rectangle to octagon, and additions to make space for additional seating or for a new kitchen and bar are common. Halls may have specific ties to German, Black, and/or Tejano communities. Historic photos of notable bands, individuals, and moments cover many of the halls’ walls, affirming the importance of music and dance in Texas culture. What makes these places even more important is their role as a center for community events and gathering, making their preservation and resilience even more critical for vulnerable towns along the coast.

As a part of their unprecedented endeavor, Stantec worked with TDHP to customize their documentation procedure for the dance halls. Compared to most historic resource surveys that focus on building exteriors, the dance hall survey documents the interior spaces as well. Like their exteriors, dance hall interiors vary widely. Stages may or may not be present, and ceiling trusses may or may not be exposed. The one thing that remains constant is the dance floor itself. To provide data for future resiliency planning, surveyors are carefully documenting prior storm damage through interviews with hall representatives and materials conditions analysis. The hardwood floors of the dance floor are often victim to flooding, making their preservation and restoration key aspects of past and future storm recovery efforts. The information gathered from this project will help dance halls with this recovery and may also provide the opportunity for historic designation, ensuring dance halls in Southeast Texas are able to preserve their history and endure for future generations.

Interior of Lindenau Dance Hall. For this resource survey, documentation of interior spaces was equally as important as documentation of exterior features. (Source: Stantec)

Interior of Schroeder Hall in Goliad. "The Second Oldest Dance Hall in Texas" (Source: Stantec)

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