By preserving our culture and heritage, we create distinct destinations. This encourages tourism, which promotes education about our history and prompts economic growth and job creation. Texans are exposed early in life to the state’s historic places. But visiting the Alamo, the San Jacinto Monument, and the Texas Governor’s Mansion, for example, wouldn’t be possible if not for the work of people committed to preservation. Because while, as George Santayana said, “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it,” remembrance isn’t the only reason to preserve. By preserving our past, we secure our future.

Perry is the first lady of Texas.

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