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Literary Landmark Roundup 

As of 2020, there were only five Literary Landmark sites designated in our great and vast state. The Texas Center for the Book (TCFB) launched the 2021 Literary Landmark Roundup to double the number of landmarks in Texas.

We sought nominations from libraries, historical associations, Chambers of Commerce, educational institutions, museums, and literary societies, among others. Literary Landmarks are special places located across the country that attract tourists, book lovers, and history buffs and serve to educate the public about important literary works and history in their state. The Summerlee Foundation made this special push for more landmarks possible by providing funds for the application fee, which also includes cost of the foundry-made Literary Landmark plaque.

We hope to offer another Literary Landmark Roundup in the future. In the meantime, here is some information about the application and selection process.

The first step in this process is identifying a site in your community that could be a Literary Landmark. A Literary Landmark is a location tied to a deceased literary figure, author(s), or their work. It could be an author’s home or birthplace, a library where work was crafted or is housed, an author’s burial site, a special place where literary figures met and discoursed, or an establishment where an author worked or did research. Feel free to be creative.

The second step is collecting the information needed to nominate a Literary Landmark for the Literary Landmark Roundup. If you have a site for consideration, you must provide the following as part of your nomination:

  • Site location/description
  • Background material that corroborates the role of the site
  • Bibliography of author’s or authors work and related writings
  • List of organizations, groups or individuals who will be responsible for the site and guarantee its continued designation
  • The outline of plans for a dedication ceremony (in person or virtual) including potential sponsors, speakers, special guests, performances, site tours
  • Strategy for publicizing the dedication
  • Ideas for educational programs and materials

By the spring, the selected sites were notified of their acceptance in the Literary Landmark Roundup. These qualifying sites received support to finalize their Literary Landmark. With assistance from the Texas State Library and Archives Commission (TSLAC), the Literary Landmark Roundup recipients submitted their official applications over the summer to United for Libraries, the national organization that administers the program.

Thanks to funding from the Summerlee Foundation and the Texas Library and Archives Foundation, Inc., TSLAC covered required Literary Landmark fees. TSLAC and United for Libraries worked with local organizations to finalize the plaque language in conjunction with planning  fall dedication ceremonies.

If you have questions, need more information, or if you would like to discuss the prospect of a potential literary landmark, please contact the Texas Center for the Book at 512-463-5460 or tcfb@tsl.texas.gov.

Check out the Literary Landmarks across the country by state at the United for Libraries website. Read about TSLAC's own Literary Landmark, dedicated in 2009.

The Texas Library and Archives Foundation makes initiatives like this possible. Visit their Bookshop page for titles from Texas authors.

About the Summerlee Foundation

Founded in 1988, The Summerlee Foundation is a mission-driven, proactive organization dedicated to the support of animal protection and the preservation of Texas history.

Page last modified: November 29, 2021