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The Texas Old Missions and Forts Restoration Association
"That their relics shall not be lost or their memories vanish in the mists of time"

Details about TOMFRA's Awards & Sponsorships


Raiford Stripling Memorial Scholarship to an outstanding student in restoration architecture at Texas A&M was awarded to Prajakta Kedar. Prajakta is a 3rd year (2nd year Advanced Level) Graduate Student with a major in Landscape Architecture in the Architecture and Urban Planning Department, College of Architecture, Texas A & M University. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Architecture in 2005 at Nagpur University in India. After graduation she worked for 3.5 years with a landscape Firm in New Delhi, India.

Junior Historians and Texas History Day Award (Administered through the Texas State Historical Association)
Gage Wurtz and Christopher Franclemont won for their exhibit titled "Mission Commission: The Spanish Ambition- Missions of East Texas".They attend Chireno High School, Chireno, Texas.

Outstanding Book on Spanish Colonial History Award
The TOMFRA award winners for 2011 were Richard Flint and Shirley Cushing Flint for their book Latest Word from 1540: People, Places, and Portrayals of the Coronado Expedition published by the University of New Mexico Press in 2011.

In accepting the TOMFRA Book Award, the authors commented that they "share the goals of the Texas Old Missions and Forts Restoration Association and the Texas Catholic Historical Association to increase awareness of the pivotal role Hispanos play and have played in the history of the American Southwest and to preserve the physical vestiges of their presence and impact. The main focus of our research as historians for more than 30 years has been on expanding knowledge of the Coronado Expedition of 1539-1542 and its interactions with the Native peoples of the Southwest. So it is with special gratification that we accept recognition of The Latest Word from 1540 as an 'Outstanding Book on Spanish Colonial History.'"

Teacher Membership Awards
New in 2011, TOMFRA is giving one-year memberships to teachers of Texas history. The two teacher awardees are Brenda Bennett and Alicia Carter. Both are Hockaday teachers, one teaches 4 year olds and one teaches 7th grade girls. Brenda has always incorporated Texas into her PK curriculum and Alicia is an archaeologist who graduated from Hockaday and is now teaching "old cultures" at Hockaday to 7 & 8 grade girls which includes Texas.