(956) 727-0977 heritage@webbheritage.org

The Webb County Heritage Foundation has selected 16 honorees to receive the prestigious Heritage Award to be presented at the Founders’ Day Luncheon on May 20th 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.
Because this year’s celebration is focused on honoring our historic businesses, seven of Laredo’s oldest businesses are being honored. This is only a partial list of businesses that have reached 50 or more years of serving this community. Those honorees that were chosen to receive the Historic Business Award are: Sulak’s Men’s Store, La Reynera Bakery, Dr. Ike’s, Laredo Hardware Co., Holloway’s Bakery, Carmin’s Flower & Gift Shop, and the International Bank of Commerce.
Other awards being presented are as follows:
Dr. Jerry Thompson will receive the Jim Parish Award for Documentation and Publication of Local and Regional History for his new book, Tejano Tiger – José de los Santos Benavides and the Texas-Mexico Borderlands, 1823-1891. Likewise, Dr. Timothy Paul Bowman will receive an award in the same category for his book, Blood Oranges – Colonialism and Agriculture in the South Texas Borderlands. The Archival Donor Award will be presented to Judge George P. Kazen for donation of a collection of newspaper clippings documenting his time on the bench; the Laredo Community College Board of Trustees and LCC President Dr. Ricardo Solis for donation of three historic panoramic photographs of Ft. McIntosh and downtown Laredo; and Mr. Emilio Garza, III for donation of historic photos of downtown Laredo stores. The Preservation of Folklore, Customs, and Traditions Award will be presented to Tony Ramirez for his work in preserving our folk herbalist traditions. A Special Lifetime Achievement Award will be presented to Dr. Tom and Mrs. Pam Vaughan, and Dr. Jim Earhart for their lifetime work in preservation of the Rio Grande. The Historic Preservation Award – Commercial will be presented to Frank Sisters Properties for the exemplary restoration of a commercial building at 1205-1207 Iturbide St. The Contemporary Architectural Design Incorporating Traditional Elements Award will be presented to the City of Laredo’s Community Development Department for their project to construct new infill housing in a historic residential district.

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, architecture, and cultural heritage.
The awards presentation will take place during the Founders’ Day Luncheon on May 20th 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 or heritage@webbheritage.org.