You can't judge a book by its cover. Some of our unrestored historic Houses look fragile and dilapidated from the street. But inside, the slow careful process of historic preservation is on-going, as part of our Preservation Architecture experience for students and community volunteers.
What isn't seen from the street is the delight in the faces of the children as they sift through piles of soil and discover artifacts that tell the stories of daily life in Freedmen's Town.
Preservation Architecture Internship Program has placed student interns from PVAM University, who have worked on design projects at historic houses, churches, and brick streets, while under the direction of our Architects, Civil and Pipeline Engineers, Archaeologists, Geologists, Building Contractors, and Conservationists. This "hands-on" program continues to be a valuable career development benefit, as well as reducing our preservation expenses.
Building Racial Bridges
The immediate goal of the RBHY is to complete the creation of the 18 project “Educational and Cultural Park Corridor” in the National Register Historic District of Freedmen’s Town-4th Ward, by 2016.
When developed historically correct, Freedmen’s Town will become an African American Heritage Tourism destination for Texas. It will consist of National Register Listed historic structures on their original homesteads, archaeology field school research sites, exhibition venues for cultural resources, and educational programs that build cross cultural bridges.