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Denison Mayor Janet Gott receives Texas Historical Commission's Excellence in Community Heritage Award
By Texas Historical Commission
Feb 27, 2024
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Austin, Texas -- The Texas Historical Commission (THC) has recognized the Honorable Janet Gott, mayor of Denison, as the 2023 recipient of the Anice B. Read Award of Excellence in Community Heritage.

The award acknowledges an individual or organization for exemplary work in community revitalization, preservation planning and protection, or heritage tourism that significantly advances the impact of historic preservation in Texas. It is one of 10 annual THC Preservation Awards, which recognize individuals and organizations involved in various aspects of historic preservation.

Gott is a lifelong resident of Denison. She served five years on the Denison City Council before being elected as the city’s first female mayor in 2018 and re-elected in 2021. Under her leadership, Denison recently revised its historic preservation ordinance and design guidelines to ensure the historic district is maintained.

Gott started the Mayor on Main initiative in 2018 and continues to dedicate one day per month to visiting businesses. She also serves on the fundraising committee for the THC’s Eisenhower Birthplace State Historic Site, which is undergoing a major renovation project. As a child, she was present for a speech given by Gen. Eisenhower in Forest Park in downtown Denison. She was instrumental in putting together the “Ike Hike,” which tells the stories of Eisenhower’s visit to Denison via a map and kiosks in Forest Park.

In 2021, she was inducted into the Downtown Denison Hall of Fame.

The THC Preservation Awards recognize and honor those who have committed themselves to saving the real places and real stories of Texas. The awards celebrate their accomplishments and exemplary leadership in the preservation of Texas’ heritage.  

The awards will be presented at the THC’s Real Places 2024 conference, April 3–5, in Austin and online. Presented by the Friends of the Texas Historical Commission in partnership with Phoenix 1 Restoration and Construction, LLC, Real Places is the premier historic preservation and heritage tourism event in the Lone Star State. It offers world-class sessions, workshops, tours, special events, entertainment, and networking activities, while bringing together many different audiences under the banners of history, heritage, and preservation.

About the Texas Historical Commission

The THC manages 38 state historic sites, the Texas Heritage Trails Program, Texas Main Street Program, and many more heritage tourism and historic preservation initiatives across the state. For more information, visit thc.texas.gov.