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Adair Margo joins Texan by Nature Board of Directors

Texan by Nature (TxN), a Texas-led conservation non-profit,  announced Monday the appointment of El Paso First Lady, Adair Margo to the Board of Directors.

“I am honored to support Texan by Nature as an official board member,” said El Paso First Lady, Adair Margo. “Texan by Nature has been at the forefront of practical, common-sense conservation programs that benefit all Texans.  I look forward to deepening its impact in the El Paso region and beyond.”

Adair Margo, first lady of El Paso and founder of the Tom Lea Institute in El Paso, also sits on the National Council on the Humanities, the advisory body for the National Endowment for the Humanities.

“We are thrilled to have a community advocate such as Adair Margo join our Board of Directors,” said Joni Carswell, CEO & President of Texan by Nature. “Adair is an avid champion of west Texas who believes in the power of community to create positive change. We look forward to working with her to help elevate the Texan by Nature mission across the state and beyond.”

Margo previously served as Chair of the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities from 2001–2009 and received the 2008 Presidential Citizens Medal from George W. Bush. In 2007, she received the Order of the Aztec Eagle, Mexico’s highest decoration awarded to non-citizens.

A third-generation El Pasoan, she will be joining a board comprised of various industry leaders and fellow Texans dedicated to helping steward the Lone Star State’s identity as conservers and protectors of the natural resources and wildlife that help our economy thrive.

For the past two years with Adair Margo’s partnership, Texan by Nature has worked to meet with El Paso leaders across sectors to expand conservation strategies supporting initiatives that demonstrate a positive return on conservation.

Last year, El Paso Water was named a 2019 Conservation Wrangler for the Certified Water Partner Program designed to engage commercial and institutional customers through increased awareness and recognition of best practices in water conservation.

Increasing conservation investment across Texas and working to drive and replicate innovation, Texan by Nature aims to connect partners to the resources they need to achieve greater conservation impact. For more information on TxN partnerships and programs, or to learn how to get involved, please visit the Texan by Nature website.

Daughters of the American Revolution honor Adair Margo

Earlier this month, the Stoddert-del Norte Chapter (NSDAR), held its annual Patriot Tea at the El Paso Women’s Club where El Paso’s First Lady Adair Margo was honored.

In attendance for this special occasion were members from the Stoddert-del Norte Chapter, ladies from the El Paso Women’s Club, and members from the Simeon Hart Chapter of Daughters of the Confederacy.

The Stoddert-del Norte Chapter presented Margo with a DAR plaque honoring her for her years of work preserving the art and legacy of Tom Lea.

Adair Margo is the founder of the Tom Lea Institute, a non-profit organization whose mission is to share the art and literature
produced by Tom Lea through education. Tom Lea was an American muralist, illustrator, artist, war correspondent, novelist, and historian who was born, lived and died in El Paso.

The bulk of his art and literary works were about Texas, north-central Mexico, and his World War II experience.

The chapter also honored its members’ American Patriots with a beautiful display of the original 13 colonies and the name of each chapter members’ Patriot.

Women interested in DAR membership may contact the Stoddert-del Norte Chapter, at StoddertDelNorteRegistrar@gmail.com. They can also connect with the Chapter via facebook. To learn more about the work of DAR, visit their webpage.

Tom Lea in National Spotlight as Adair Margo Honored with Major Award

First Lady of El Paso Adair Margo received the prestigious Historic Preservation Medal for her efforts to preserve the work of El Paso artist Tom Lea.

According to the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution, their organization presents fewer than 30 of these awards each year.

“This is the most prestigious award the National Society presents to individuals who have done extraordinary volunteer work over a long period of time,“ says Cindy Phillips, National Chair of the NSDAR Historic Preservation Committee. Margo was nominated by the El Paso Stoddert-del Norte Chapter of the NSDAR.

Margo is quick to point the spotlight back onto the artwork she has preserved as founder of the Tom Lea Institute. “This is the first award I’ve gotten in historic preservation. But it really points to the importance of Tom Lea. It’s about preserving what he stood for,” says Margo.

“It’s ours. It’s our roots. Preserving Lea’s art enriches all of our lives when we know where we come from and when you have someone who expressed it so beautifully, visually as well as in writing,” says Margo.

One of the ways the Tom Lea Institute preserves Lea’s art and legacy is through creating curricula for El Paso’s public schools.

“Students say ‘El Paso doesn’t have anything to offer. I’m getting out of here as soon as I can,’ but once they start studying Tom Lea and how he loved this region, they catch that same love. They see El Paso through Tom’s eyes and their own eyes open to the beauty, history, and culture of this region,” says Holly Cobb, Executive Director of the Tom Lea Institute.

The artist, Thomas Calloway Lea III, was born in El Paso. Lea is known as a muralist, illustrator, WWII artist correspondent, novelist, historian, landscapist, and portraitist. Lea never had a gallery until 1993 when he asked Margo to help him with his work. Without her efforts, his work would have been forgotten following his death in 2001.

Founded in 2009, The Tom Lea Institute is located in downtown El Paso. It is a non-profit organization created to engender an appreciation of the art, character, and legacy of Tom Lea through curricula, public programs, exhibits, and publications — all of which have led to the preservation of his work.

The institute recently launched a stunning redesign of its website, to provide visitors, art lovers, and history buffs with enhanced access to the story and work of Tom Lea.

The society honored Margo at a conference in Houston on March 22.

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