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Memorandum TO: County historical commission (CHC) chairs and marker chairs FROM: Larry Oaks, Executive Director RE: Marker program transition update DATE: July 1, 2006 The marker program transition continues on schedule. Although a few incomplete applications had to be returned for additional work, most of the applications we received by the June 1 deadline included all the required components. As you can imagine, scores of applications came in during the month of May, and at the end of the day on June 1 we had just over 100 applications in line to be evaluated. I’m happy to report that thanks to a concerted effort on behalf of the marker program staff, all evaluations were completed by the end of June. The marker team will now work on completing inscriptions and orders for all the remaining applications in-house, as well as continue developing new program materials. We anticipate we will begin accepting applications under the new program beginning in November, in advance of the January 2, 2007 deadline. As you continue to work with marker applicants in the meantime, please remember the following: Basic research and documentation requirements for marker applications will remain essentially the same, so concentrate on making sure the topics are well researched and fully documented. We will have a new application form, so please discard all previous forms and plan to fill out new forms to accompany application materials when they become available. Applications will only be accepted electronically under the new system, so if your CHC does not yet have an email address, please work to acquire one soon, and send the address to Egina Reyes at firstname.lastname@example.org. As approved by the members of the Texas Historical Commission and recommended by the Sunset Advisory Commission, the new program will include a non-refundable application fee for each marker application, in the amount of $100.00. We are developing new program guidelines and training materials, and we will continue to update you on a regular basis through correspondence and/or email postings to the CHC listserv and notices on the THC web site. We also will offer a series of marker application training workshops throughout the state; we will let you know the dates and locations for those training opportunities soon. I again offer my personal thanks to those of you who have offered us words of encouragement during the transition phase. As always, we appreciate your positive support as our valued partners in this important endeavor.
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