McMurry University Professor Dr. Don Frazier Awarded Historic Preservation Medal by DAR

  Gary Ellison
  Thursday, March 12, 2015 2:26 PM
  Archives 2014 - 2015

Abilene, TX

McMurry University History Professor Dr. Donald Shaw Frazier received the prestigious DAR Historic Preservation Medal at the 116th State Conference of the Texas Society, Daughters of the American Revolution, in San Antonio, Texas. The award was presented on Friday, March 6, at a gala awards night at the Omni San Antonio Hotel at the Colonnade by Pamela Rouse Wright, State Regent, Texas Society, Daughters of the American Revolution.

The Historic Preservation Medal recognizes and honors a person who has done extraordinary work over a long period of time in establishing a historic district, preserving a local landmark, restoring or preserving objects of historic cultural significance, or establishing or participating in oral history projects, youth leadership and education, as it pertains to historic preservation, at the regional, state, and/or national level.

Dr. Frazier also is currently serving as President and CEO of the McWhiney Foundation, a Texas-based educational non-profit which, among its various activities, manages and preserves the Buffalo Gap Historic Village, a museum that includes a collection of more than a dozen antique buildings. In addition, Dr. Frazier is also the author of numerous books on Texas and Southern history. Finally, he is director of State House Press, a nonprofit press that specializes in the history of the Old South and the Civil War.

State Regent Pamela Wright noted that “We are particularly delighted to present this medal to Dr. Frazier in San Antonio, for it was State House Press that published the amazing book on Phil Collins’ priceless collection of Alamo memorabilia, The Alamo and Beyond: A Collector’s Journey, a collection that Collins has donated to the State of Texas for exhibition at the Alamo.”

“Dr. Frazier exemplifies the attributes that the National Society, DAR, wishes to recognize and encourage with the Historic Preservation Medal,” observed Martha Ann Hartzog, who has a joint appointment as both National Chair of Historic Preservation and the Texas Society DAR Chair of Historic Preservation. “The Texas Society is pleased to be able to bestow this honor on him in recognition of his work preserving Texas history and the history of the South.”

The National Society Daughters of the American Revolution was founded in 1890 to promote patriotism, preserve American history, and support better education for our nation's children. Its members are descended from the patriots who won American independence during the Revolutionary War. With more than 175,000 members in approximately 3,000 chapters worldwide, the DAR is one of the world's largest and most active service organizations. To learn more about the DAR nationwide, visit

The Texas Society Daughters of the American Revolution is the DAR’s largest Society with 200 chapters and over 18,000 members throughout the state. Since its founding in 1894, Texas Daughters have been energetic advocates of the objectives of the National Society. Ever working for God, Home and Country, these career women, homemakers, volunteers and civic leaders all represent today’s DAR. For more information about this organization, visit

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