Due to a lack of funds to undertake proper preservation measures, Tyler’s heritage is disappearing. Landmarks, such as the 1909 Smith County Courthouse, the Blackstone Hotel, the Fire Station, and numerous historic residential dwellings, have fallen victim to the wrecking ball or have decayed from neglect. Founded in 1977, Historic Tyler, Inc. is dedicated to the preservation, revitalization, and continued use of Tyler’s historic resources.
On Thursday, September 22, Historic Tyler will host their 2016 Annual Meeting, Auction and Party, themed Treasures Await. The event is scheduled from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at Willow Brook Country Club. The event is a fundraiser for the organization and will feature dinner, drinks, a silent auction, and the presentation of Historic Tyler’s Annual Preservation Award.
As a long-time member, and a past president of Historic Tyler, Bruce Faulkner is passionate about the protection of our historic resources and knows the importance of fundraisers that benefit the organization’s efforts to insure that historically significant buildings and sites remain as reminders of Tyler’s growth, character, and culture.
“Our community must work together to protect the historic assets that make our community so unique, and that’s the mission of Historic Tyler,” Mr. Faulkner said. “The community’s support of Historic Tyler and its fundraisers such as Historic Tyler’s Annual Meeting, Auction, and Party will help ensure that Tyler’s architectural and cultural historic resources continue to have a voice in the future economic and cultural development of our community.”
Mr. Faulkner also serves as director of the Independent Petroleum Association of America and the Texas Alliance of Energy Producers. He is the current treasurer of the Texas Rose Festival. An active volunteer in Tyler’s Catholic community, Mr. Faulkner is director of the Catholic School Foundation, a Eucharistic minister at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, and is past president of the Tyler Catholic School Board.
Born in Pecos, Texas, Mr. Faulkner has resided in the Tyler community for 27 years. He and his wife, Mary Lauren, have been married for 33 years and are the parents of one adult son, Campbell, and his wife, Erin. Mr. Faulkner is a graduate of Pecos High School, and earned his bachelor’s degree from The University of Texas at Austin. He has been a certified landman for 36 years.
“You should always leave a place in better shape than how you found it, and volunteerism is the means with which you can accomplish this goal,” Mr. Faulkner said. “Everyone has the potential to give something back to their community through their time and talents.”
For more information about Historic Tyler, Inc. or their Annual Meeting, Auction, and Party, visit www.historictyler.org, or call 903-595-1960.