FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Houston Arts and Media's Cemetery Video Wins National Prize

Houston, TX - July 3, 2012 - Houston Arts and Media's newest short video, entitled With Respect: Preserving Historic Cemeteries, is the National First Place Winner in the 2012 DAR Historical Preservation Contest. Produced in partnership with the Texas Historical Commission and the Texas Society Daughters of the American Revolution, the video is meant to encourage new volunteerism and involvement in the cause of saving the 50,000 Texas cemeteries deemed to be historic.

The new video may be seen here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Oc5XydH26nk

With Respect may be linked freely, but HAM requests that it be accompanied by a link to or mention of the HAM Website at www.houstonartsandmedia.org

Houston Arts and Media conceived, developed and produced the video, which runs just under twenty minutes in length. Included are representatives of both the THC and TSDAR along with Joe Turner, Director of the City of Houston's Parks and Recreation Department, which oversees one of the burial grounds highlighted in the documentary. The other prominent voices heard belong to some of the wonderful, tireless advocates who donate their time and money to care for three particular cemeteries in urban Houston.

Though the three Houston cemeteries, Founder's Memorial Park, Olivewood and College Memorial Park, are used as moving examples, the scope of the documentary is statewide. Images included in the video cover the broad range of historic cemeteries, both urban and rural, to be found across Texas, from the West Texas mountains to the Rio Grande Valley. With Respect is to be widely distributed in hopes of inspiring and enlisting Texans to properly care for these sacred places.

Houston Arts and Media continues to work on several other projects such as the award-winning Birth of Texas Documentary Series, a multi-part series of feature length documentaries that chronicle the journey from Mexican Texas, along the road to Revolution, through the days of the Republic and on to statehood. Among other high-profile projects are the popular HAM Slices of History and videos featured on the city's website www.houstonpreservation.org . They also continue with Neighborhood to Neighbor, an ongoing oral history gathering project that has already placed the stories of scores of Houstonians in the Houston Public Library's Houston Metropolitan Research Center and Rice University's Woodson Research Center. Material from these interviews will also enhance the first of HAM's books, the two-volume Historic Schools of Harris County. Parties interested in supporting these efforts through donations or volunteerism should contact Houston Arts and Media via e-mail at info@houstonartsandmedia.org.

About Houston Arts and Media:
Houston Arts and Media's purpose is to produce educational and historical film, video, books and web content. The work will be done by members of Houston's creative, educational, research and production communities. Houston Arts and Media is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt charitable organization.


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