SAN AUGUSTINE, TX (KTRE) - It was a historical day for the city of San Augustine as people come out for a special ceremony to celebrate one of their most cherished sights, Mission Dolores, being admitted into the Texas Historical Commission.
State Representative Trent Ashby said this is a big day for the city.
"This is an exciting day for so many reasons you know for over 10 plus years now the fine folks here in the San Augustine Community have helped preserve such an important part of our Texas history." Ashby said.
The site was originally owned and operated by the city of San Augustine but due to financial reasons had to find an alternate solution to maintain it.
Mayor of San Augustine Leroy Hughes said this was the solution that they were hoping for.
"It's a very precious site to the citizens here in San Augustine and we just didn't have the funds to keep it going like we needed to so we just petitioned the state historic commission if they would take it over and we went through the whole process and it was accepted." Hughes said.
State dignitaries were in attendance and spoke at the open house in order to honor and discuss the long term plans for the site.
The Texas Historical Commission officially took over the site back in July and they have some big exciting plans that are soon to get underway.
Site manger Mick Haven said that they hope to increase the amount of tourism by improving the museum.
"We're hoping to renovate the museum, make it more interactive make it more kid friendly, add rotating exhibit space so there's always something to come back and see" Haven said.
Mission Dolores was a Spanish mission that dates all the way back to 1721.
"This part of our history is important because it is really the earliest part of the history of the state of Texas, so this is just a marvelous occasion and really something that has been a long time coming" Ashby said.
The Texas Historical Commission also plans on adding a gift shop as well as reaching out to the community through educational and interpretive programs to spread awareness of the sites Texas history.