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Texas Historical Foundation President Sylvia Tillotson and Executive Director David Preziosi will present the group’s recent grant to Friends of the Texas Historical Commission during their 2023 Real Places Conference. Real Places was founded in 2016, and was quickly established as the state’s first major historic preservation conference, dedicated to bringing together Texas preservationists across diverse fields and disciplines to exchange ideas and build community. In addition to sponsoring the 2023 Conference as a presenting partner, the Texas Historical Foundation is proud to support Real Places with a grant towards speaker honoraria, to be presented following the conference’s opening reception February 1.

To learn more about the 2023 Real Places Conference, visit


THF board members Mary Lee Taylor and R.J. Collins will present the Fall 2022 Texas Historical Foundation grant to Los Amigos de la Loma. Originally formed in 1978, Los Amigos de la Loma have been instrumental in reopening and maintaining Del Rio’s historic Cementerio Loma de la Cruz for public use. The cemetery is one of Val Verde county’s oldest, and the final resting place for over 2,000 residents buried between 1884 and 1993. Los Amigos won THF funding for the lifting and repair of monuments and markers; one facet of the groups efforts to beautify the cemetery and restore the extensive period craftwork demonstrated throughout.

The presentation will take place 11 a.m. on February 8 at Texas Community Bank, 2411 Veterans Blvd. in Del Rio. To learn more about Cementerio Loma de la Cruz, visit