Press Release
From the Office of State Senator Kel Seliger, District 31

For Immediate Release
November 21, 2005
Contact: Christy Bertolino
(806) 374-8994

Seliger Announces Preservation Grant Recipient

AMARILLO, Texas--Today, Senator Kel Seliger announced that the Alibates Flint Quarries National Monument Orientation Project was awarded a $10,000 grant from the Texas Preservation Trust Fund (TPTF), a program administered by the Texas Historical Commission (THC). The grant will assist Alibates Flint Quarries National Monument in its efforts to preserve this valuable landmark. "This grant will allow many more visitors to share and appreciate this monument as a landmark of the earliest days of the Texas Panhandle," said Seliger.

As per the grant application, these TPTF funds will assist Alibates Flint Quarries in producing an orientation film for visitors to the only national monument in Texas. Currently, the monument can only be seen on a ranger-led tour.

The Texas Legislature created the TPTF in an effort to preserve endangered historic buildings and significant archeological sites statewide. The TPTF is an interest-earning pool of public and private monies. The earned interest and designated gifts are distributed as matching grants. The program provides up to one-half of the total project costs for acquiring, planning and developing historic properties.

The THC selected 22 preservation projects from 65 applications to be recipients of the 2006 TPTF grant awards totaling approximately $405,000.

"Alibates Flint Quarries is an important part of the history of the state of Texas, and hopefully, this grant will assist in the important work being done to preserve this monument," said Seliger.

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.