window.dataLayer = window.dataLayer || []; function gtag(){dataLayer.push(arguments);} gtag('js', new Date()); gtag('config', 'UA-29484371-30');
Wednesday , October 17 2018
JustLikeThat728
TESTIFY 728X90
SUNLANDPARK 728X90
728×90 pluck b
GREAT AMERICAN READ 728X90
Home | Tag Archives: tom lea trail

Tag Archives: tom lea trail

Tom Lea Trail Extension Passes Key Vote in New Mexico Statehouse

Last week,  a proposed extension of the Tom Lea Trail passed a key legislative hurdle in Santa Fe.  The New Mexico Senate unanimously voted in favor of SM 18, legislation instructing New Mexico’s cultural affairs and tourism departments to work with the Tom Lea Institute and Texas officials to officially continue the cultural trail from Texas into The Land of Enchantment.

“Tom Lea is part of Texas and New Mexico’s shared cultural heritage and history,” said state Senator Mary Kay Papen, who introduced this legislation in the statehouse.  “It is an honor to help future generations learn about his work, the history of our region, and the contributions his work had on American art and history.”

The Tom Lea Trail connects 11 cities and nearly two dozen locations in Texas; as well as the cities of Ciudad Juarez in Mexico and Santa Fe, Las Cruces, and Mesilla in New Mexico.  The trail honors Lea’s work as a muralist, World War II correspondent, illustrator, historian, and writer.

“We are delighted that the New Mexico legislature is moving quickly in response to Austin’s decision last year to establish the Tom Lea Trail as one of the first and only artistic cultural trails in the country,” said Tom Lea Institute Executive Director Lisa Pugh.  “The fact that they are prioritizing this bill during their short legislative session speaks to the public’s overwhelmingly positive response to efforts to preserve Tom’s unique legacy.”

Last month, the founder and president of the Tom Lea Institute, Adair Margo, presented on the Tom Lea Trail at the Texas Historical Commission’s Real Places Conference in Austin, Texas, followed by a roundtable discussion with key influencers in Texas.

“It is great to see a new generation discover the art of Tom Lea,” Margo said.  “The Tom Lea Trail takes visitors along the US/Mexico borderlands, offering them a window into each region’s unique history.”

“The Texas Historical Commission is excited to work alongside preservationists in both Texas and now New Mexico, to educate heritage travelers on Tom Lea’s contributions to our state’s rich history and culture,”  said Mark Wolfe, executive director of the Texas Historical Commission.

Lea, who died in El Paso in 2001 and lived in New Mexico from 1933-1936, was described by Pulitzer-winning biographer Robert Caro as “an unsung genius of our time who made it purely on the quality of his work.” President George W. Bush displayed Tom Lea’s paintings in the Texas Governor’s Office and in the Oval Office of the White House. Most of his work is in the southwest region where he lived, remaining predominantly in private collections.

Rodríguez’s Bill to Establish Statewide Tom Lea Trail Passes Committee

José Rodríguez’s bill creating a statewide Tom Lea Trail passed The Texas Transportation Committee late Wednesday.

S.B. 928 will designate a heritage trail commemorating Tom Lea, an El Paso artist, muralist, author, and war correspondent who was known across Texas and beyond. As described by Texas Highways magazine, Lea “helped to define the way the world would view the mythology of Texas for much of the 20th Century.”

The twelve municipalities on the trail are Austin, College Station, Dallas, El Paso, Fredericksburg, Galveston, Hebbronville, Kingsville, Odessa, Seymour, Sweetwater, and Waco.

Tom Lea was born in 1907 and created many works of art and literature over his lifetime.  Lea painted murals dramatizing Texas’ history throughout the state, and his novels The Brave Bulls and The Wonderful Country are widely considered to be classics of southwestern American literature.

The Texas Historical Commission (THC) must designate locations that are historically significant to the life and art of Tom Lea, adopt an  icon or symbol to represent the trail, and develop itineraries and maps to guide tourists to locations on the Trail. THC is not required to undertake any marketing efforts without private funds raised for that purpose, and the Tom Lea Institute, headquartered in El Paso, has interest in publicizing the Trail once designated.

A companion bill, House Bill 1992, has been filed by Rep. Joe Pickett, the dean of the El Paso legislative delegation. Senate Bill 928 now goes to the full Senate for consideration.

728×90 pluck b
GREAT AMERICAN READ 728X90
SUNLANDPARK 728X90
TESTIFY 728X90
JustLikeThat728