Laura Ann Rau
Laura Ann Rau’s preservationist activities epitomize the impact one person can have on the historical preservation a local community as well as the historical preservation of Texas at large. Laura Ann’s preservationist activities have included leadership roles on the Board of the Texas Historical Foundation, the Colorado County Historical Commission, the Colorado County Historical Survey Committee, and serving as President and Executive Director of the Columbus Historical Preservation Trust.
In Colorado County, she has personally funded and directed the preservation and restoration of the 1858 Dilue Rose Harris house (open to the public), the 1872 William G. Hunt house, the 1863 Mewes-Gant House, the 1852 Dr. Thomas W. Harris building (the only remaining pre-Civil War commercial building in Columbus) and the circa 1860 Prairie Street House. She was also involved in the restoration and preservation of the 1869 Tate-Senflenberg-Brandon House (open to the public), the 1870s Keith Traylor House, the circa 1860 Buesher Cottage, the circa 1860 Capt. Richard Cook House, the 1836 Alley log cabin (open to the public and home of her great-great-great-grandmother, Nancy Millar Alley).
Laura Ann Rau has served as Chairman for the final restoration of the Grand Hall of the 1886 Stafford Opera House and the advisory committee for the restoration of the Colorado County Courthouse. In addition, she has been involved with obtaining several Texas State historical markers throughout Colorado County.
Other related historical activities have included Regent of the John Everett Chapter, National Society Daughters of the American Revolution, Charter member and officer of the Dilue Rose Harris Chapter of the Daughters of the Republic of Texas, Co-chairman of the Columbus Sesquicentennial, Inc. in 1973 and a member of the Columbus Bicentennial Committee in 1976.
Laura Ann Rau was born in 1926 in Alleyton, Texas, and graduated from the University of Texas in 1947.
Nominations Open for the 2020 LAR Preservation Award
Do you know of an outstanding preservation project or community member active in preservation who deserves to be recognized for his or her efforts? CHPT is actively accepting applications for the 2019 Laura Ann Rau Preservation Award. We encourage nominations from the community! Download the application today and return by December 31, 2019.
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