(956) 727-0977 heritage@webbheritage.org

The Webb County Heritage Foundation has selected ten honorees to receive the prestigious Heritage Award to be presented at the Founders’ Day Luncheon on May 14th at 12 noon at the Laredo Center for the Arts. Each year, the Webb County Heritage Foundation recognizes individuals, businesses, organizations, and families that have contributed to the unique architectural and cultural heritage of Webb County.
This year’s award winners are as follows:
The American Legion Post #59, together with the City of Laredo’s Community Development Department and Laredo Main Street will receive the Historic Rehabilitation Award for their collaboration on restoring the historic façade of the American Legion building on Zaragoza St. Next, Hank and Elizabeth Sames will receive the Award for Contemporary Architectural Design Incorporating Traditional Elements for their work in preserving and rehabilitating the buildings bounded by Grant St., San Bernardo Avenue, and Iturbide St. including the Siete Banderas venue. The Environmental Preservation Award will be presented to the Río Grande International Study Center and Tricia Cortez, Executive Director, for their efforts in protecting our community’s natural historic resources including their work on successfully passing a municipal plastic bag ordinance and their advocacy in protecting the Rio Grande from aerial herbicide spraying. The Jim Parish Award for Documentation and Publication of Local and Regional History will be presented to two winners: Dr. Stacy B. Schaefer, retired Professor Emerita at California State University, Chico, will receive the award for her book, Amada’s Blessings from the Peyote Gardens of South Texas. Similarly, M.J. Morgan, director of the Chapman Center for Rural Studies at Kansas State University, will receive the award for her publication of Border Sanctuary, The Conservation Legacy of the Santa Ana Land Grant.
The Luciano Guajardo Award will be presented to the Laredo chapter of the American Institute of Architects, together with the City of Laredo for their collaboration in organizing, sponsoring, and leading a series of city-wide, public planning sessions (“Boulevard to Bridge Charrette”) on the re-design of the four blocks on IH35 leading to the Juarez-Lincoln International Bridge. And finally, the Historic Preservation Award – Residential will be presented to Mr. Roberto Rodolfo Ramirez, Jr. for the restoration of his property at 901 Chihuahua St.
The Webb County Heritage Foundation is proud to present these worthy recipients with a Heritage Award in recognition of their services in preserving this region’s history and cultural heritage.
The awards presentation will take place during the Founders’ Day Luncheon on May 14th at the Laredo Center for the Arts, 500 San Agustin Avenue.
For luncheon reservations or more information, please contact the Webb County Heritage Foundation at (956) 727-0977

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