Fund-raising for the first phase of the restoration of Hardin School in Brownwood continues, but a Texas Historical Subject Marker for the building has been secured.

Willie Lee Gay of Houston, past president of the board of the Hardin Museum, said the marker has been approved by the Texas Historical Commission.

Current President Adelia Kirk of Brownwood and the rest of the board expressed appreciation to the Brown County Historical Society for its sponsorship of the $1,500 application fee.

Board vice president Hank Hunter said a date for a ceremony to unveil the marker has not yet been set.

Gay, who continues to serve on the museum’s board, said since the school is listed in the National Register of Historic Places, the building meets the criteria for the designations as a Records Texas Historical Landmark. That fact will be the final line of the inscription of the marker.

The marker application was submitted in November 2007, and she expressed the board’s appreciation to the Brown County Historical Society and the Brown County Historical Commission for assistance.

Foremost, Gay said, she “is happy that the Brown County Historical Society maintained its decision and fee for several years to help the Hardin Museum Board secure an official marker and defray the cost. This incentive on the local level is an important complement, which allows a community to have direct participation and interest in promoting its history and cultural heritage.”

According to the Texas Historical Commission, the Recorded Texas Historic Landmark is the highest honor the state can bestow on historical structures in Texas. Properties with the designation are afforded a measure of legal protection and become part of the recorded history and cultural heritage.