Mark has been a member of the National Trust for Historic Preservation for years. The trust embarked on an awareness program promoting our historic properties:

Everyone has places that are important to them. Places they care about. Places that matter. This Place Matters is national campaign that encourages people to celebrate the places that are meaningful to them and to their communities.

This campaign isn’t just about photography. It’s about telling the stories of the places we can’t live without. Through This Place Matters, we hope to encourage and inspire an ongoing dialogue about the importance of place and preservation in all of our lives.

This Place Matters’ started in 2008 as a way for people to shine a spotlight on the historic places that played a role in their lives.

Last week a group of visitors from Germany toured the historic Mayfair Building in Tyler. They were Elvis fans and were interested in country music! The Mayfair Building was a grand slam with the visitors, they were very much interested in the preservation plans; that place mattered to them. It should matter to us also since it is a part of our local history that we will pass on to future generations.