Steven Fullen, Director of Interpretation of Cane River National Heritage Area, Inc. (CRNHA) was installed as a member of the El Camino Real de Los Tejas National Historic Trail Association (ELTE Assoc.) Board of Directors at the association’s first quarterly meeting of 2017 in Austin, Texas Jan. 21.
“I am excited and honored to serve as part of the ELTE Assoc. Board of Directors. Representing the East Texas/Caddo region of the trail is an exciting opportunity to increase awareness of the trail’s history, historic sites, and resources available to community members and visitors to our area,” said Steven Fullen, ELTE Association Board Member. “I look forward to continuing the hard work the board, partner organizations, and communities along the trail have undertaken to preserve and protect this unique resource.”
The Congressionally designated, nationally significant, El Camino Real de los Tejas National Historic Trail was originally established to connect a series of missions and posts between Mexico City, Mexico and Los Adaes, the first capital of the province of Texas. The Trail constituted the only primary overland route from the Rio Grande to the Red River Valley in Louisiana during the Spanish Colonial Period from 1690-1821.
Since obtaining the status of a 501(c)3 non-profit organization in 2007, the Association has built a strong foundation through partnerships with local, state, and federal agencies, as well as individuals across Texas and Louisiana. Additionally, the Association has maintained relationships with partner organizations in Mexico and Spain.
Originally based in San Marcos at Texas State University, the Association has been housed in Austin since 2011. In addition to a volunteer 15-member board, the Association employs a full-time executive director, a part-time staff member, and multiple interns.
New members on the board of directors are Frank “Chip” Briscoe, Nancy Deviney, Roger Holt, Ellen Riojas Clark, Ph.D., Lynn F. Young, and Lucinda Freeman.
Returning members on the board of directors are Tom Byrd, Sarah Gould, John Kisalus, Henry Mayo, John Pruett, Christopher Talbot, Maureen Winn, and Jeff Wright.