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Texas Plains Trail Region Newsletter
December 2009 

  Tis the season to be traveling the wide-open spaces of the Texas Plains Trail Region.  You don't have to go far to experience the many memorable events right here in our own backyard.  I encourage you to visit our website and events calendar to plan a family excursion during December. With electric parades,dances pageants, concerts,arts & crafts, it'll be easy on your wallet and a sure-fire family pleaser.
  There's lots of exciting  opportunities coming in 2010 for your communities!
Make Plans to Attend our December Meeting!
WHEN:  December 17, 2009
WHERE:  Hutchinson County Historical Museum in Borger, 618 N. Main
TIME:  Meeting 11:00 -12:30
LUNCH: $10.00 per person
Menu: Lasagna, Salad, Garlic Bread, Dessert
Served by Friends of the Museum
Tour:  Following lunch, the group will tour the museum & other sites in Hutchinson County.
Please RSVP by Dec. 10 at 806-231-3479 or e-mail:
In This Issue
December 17 TPTR Meeting
Partnership Grants Coming
Rick Vanderpool Photo Opportunity
Save The Date
Special Stamp Cancellation & Youth Project
                   Texas Heritage Tourism Partnerships Grants Coming Soon 

The Texas Historical Commission's (THC) Texas Heritage Trail Program helps administer the Heritage Tourism Partnership Grants to assist with the development of high quality collaborative products and promotions that will increase awareness of the rich cultural and historic resources found in Texas and strengthen regional desirability as a heritage tourism destination. This is a reimbursable grant with an award of $5,000 per project requiring a one-to-one match.   The Partnership Grant must fall into one or more of the following categories: 1. Promotional, directional or identification signage. 2. Interpretation of cultural and historic resources. 3. Publications/web sites 4. Curriculum development/education programs. 5. Workshops/training.    Look for more information in early 2010 including eligibility and application requirements.
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    The Texas Plains Trail Board of Directors is excited to announce that we have recently commissioned nationally & state recognized photographer, Rick Vanderpool, to spend two days photographing in each of our 52 counties. This photography project will create a regional archive of high quality professional photos - a minimum of 100 "good, useable" images per county - for educational and service purposes. Your county is encouraged to submit photo suggestions within your county. 
            As we strive to promote the Texas Plains Trail Region, we want the best possible photographs that depict our unique communities, geography, attractions and events - in other words, Vanderpool's images will capture our Big Region, its Big History and Big Fun! Check out some of Vanderpool's work at:  and 
            For a one-time fee of only $425, the TPTR Board is offering copies of all the images to the respective counties, royalty free (simply credit Rick Vanderpool - Photographer) for limited promotional applications, i.e. web sites, brochures and any other media use. No products (any items for sale) may be produced from any of the photographs without the photographer's permission and participation. There is no time limit or expiration of these terms. Without question, this is an extraordinary opportunity for your county and the entire TPTR.
            One of the TPTR Directors will contact each county soon to further explain our offer and terms. The Board suggests that the very reasonable fee be solicited from a combination of active county partners - businesses, museums, chambers, historical sites, etc. - all of which can benefit from the images.
            We hope you will take advantage of this offer to help market your county as part of what our photographer claims "will be his year [2010] photographing the real Texas!"

                                   SAVE THE DATE     AUGUST 17, 2010

We know it's early, but we want to make sure that you already make plans to attend the 2nd Annual Texas Plains Trail Tourism & Preservation Regional Round-Up in Plainview.  This one promises to be even bigger, better, and more informative than last year's. Our Board of Directors have already begun Roundupsecuring pertinent speakers that will aid your communities in marketing, partnerships, networking, engaging your youth, finding resources & grants, and other topics. The Texas Plains Trail Regional Board makes every effort to serve as a resource to each of our 52-Counties.  It's a "gotta be there" conference!Mark your calendars now  AUGUST 17, 2010. 
                      Plains Trail Stamp Cancellation & Youth Art Project


        Beginning the first Wednesday in January, we will be honoring in alphabetical order each of our 52-Counties for 52 weeks placing them on our Home website page and  having  a special USPS cancellation  provided at the the County Seat Post Offices. (see sample to left) There is also a Middle School Youth Art Project attached to this fun event.  For details, click here. 
Merry Christmas from The Texas Plains Trail Region Board of Directors and Regional Coordinator
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As always, we appreciate your support that enables us to continue marketing our region as a premiere travel destination.  For a list of benefits that we offer your community, click here. Please send us your brochures, photos, regional stories,and community events. Let us know how we can be of service to you.
Happy Trails & Holidays,
Deborah Sue
Deborah Sue McDonald     
Regional Coordinator, 806-231-3479
The Texas Plains Trail Region is a regional tourism initiative developed by the Texas Historical Commission that fosters regional economic development by promoting heritage tourism through the preservation of cultural and historic resources and regional partnerships.  For more information about our 52-county area of the Texas Plains Trail Region.
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