A CHC report, when completed in its entirety, documents a broad range of services and conveys the degree to which a CHC engages the community in its events. Providing clear answers to all reporting questions provides the THC with a better understanding of how best to provide services to CHCs.
Below are select CHC reports, along with comments about the ways in which each report documents high performance. The bulleted comments highlight the efforts we like to see from CHCs. Contact CHC Outreach Program staff to discuss your CHC report or if you have questions about why the work below has been featured.
Reports from Distinguished Service Award Winners
The CHCs selected for this exercise are not the largest in the state, nor do they necessarily have larger county allocations relative to other CHCs. The success of each CHC is a result of a positive attitude and a directed program of work that educates each county on the importance of local history and preservation.
2014 Cherokee CHC Report (PDF)
- Planning: Cherokee CHC demonstrates partnering and teamwork by regularly updating the CHC work plan, using input from other community organizations. (Questions 19-20)
- Supporting Partners: In addition to hosting events, the Cherokee CHC provides support to partner events that include the annual Jacksonville Tomato Fest and the El Camino Real De Los Tejas Festival. The CHC has even made a goal of being a more active partner to THC’s Caddo Mounds State Historic Site. Partnering expands your audience and helps promote CHC work. (Question 36)
- Relationships with Elected Officials: Cherokee CHC keeps the county commissioners court fully informed of its activities. Additionally, the CHC reaches out to the elected officials of municipalities within the county. (Questions 41–43)
- CHC-Sponsored Workshops: Cherokee CHC has taken a leadership role in their region by organizing and leading workshops on cemetery preservation and early Texas history. (Questions 47, 52, 54)
Photo: Debbie Burkett interviews John Mendoza about his work in the Jacksonville tomato sheds. Research about the local tomato industry was conducted by the CHC and developed into an interpretive display for the Jacksonville Tomato Fest.
2014 Lubbock CHC Report (PDF)
- In-kind Donations: Lubbock CHC makes the most of its relationships with county and city offices, as well as partner organizations, to access in-kind donations. Requesting help and additional resources has provided the CHC with exhibit space, archival storage, event and office supplies, and access to professional expertise. (Questions 15–16)
- Breadth of Work: Lubbock CHC’s program of work is extensive and diverse. They have created and are maintaining inventories of markers, historic properties, cemeteries, and Rosenwald schools. Additionally, they periodically assess the conditions of those resources and update existing surveys. (Questions 21, 26)
- Public Outreach: Lubbock CHC teaches the community about the importance of historic preservation and the role of the CHC. In 2014, the CHC gave 13 presentations to various community and civic groups. Engaging public presentations increase awareness of historic resources, educate the community about local history, and encourage meaningful partnerships. (Questions 35–36)
- Improvements: Lubbock CHC developed a work plan, which helps organize and prioritize CHC activities. The CHC increased organizational visibility by keeping website content current and creating a Facebook page. Lubbock CHC also improved its relationship with county officials, which led to increased funding for CHC projects. (Question 52)
Photo: Sandy Fortenberry, Lubbock CHC chair, goes through historic photographs to post to the Historic Lubbock County Facebook page. The CHC makes a concerted effort to connect to the public through various media outlets.
- Stewardship: Matagorda CHC demonstrates stewardship by updating inventories and providing periodic conditions assessments of historic properties. The CHC keeps track of endangered resources in its county, as well as, those that were demolished. Remember that inventories should provide locations and addresses whenever possible. (Questions 25–26)
- Preservation Tools: Matagorda County is a Certified Local Government (CLG) community and applies for CLG grants to complete preservation projects. As the county CLG contact, the CHC has administered a number of successful CLG grants that funded bricks and mortar projects, as well as the preparation of nominations to the National Register of Historic Places. (Question 33)
- Public Outreach: In 2014, the CHC improved efforts to educate the public about African American history in Matagorda County, leading to the establishment of the first county-wide African American History Day. (Question 54)
- Goal-oriented: Matagorda CHC set specific goals in the area of heritage tourism and educational outreach. Each project is introduced in relation to the CHC’s overall goals, specific challenges are discussed, and the results of their efforts are highlighted. (Questions 52-55)
Photo: Matagorda CHC's "Matagorda Mavericks" event celebrates the cattlemen, cattlewomen, and rich ranching heritage of the county. The effort was made to take living history to Matagorda County residents and visitors of all ages. One popular event activity burned local branding irons into wood for souvenirs.
2014 Nueces CHC Report (PDF)
- Appointee Participation: Nueces CHC is very active, as indicated by the amount of volunteer hours. The CHC made quorum for each of the 12 full commission meetings held in 2014. (Questions 5–9)
- Preservation Tools: Nueces CHC is familiar with preservation standards and guidelines, as well as its role in regulatory processes. Additionally, the CHC participates in local planning efforts and regulatory reviews that impact historic resources. (Questions 30-31)
- Regional Networking: CHCs benefit from networking with other CHCs and regional organizations. Nueces CHC attends Texas Tropical Heritage Trail meetings to collaborate with other organizations and improve visitor experiences in the region. (Questions 45–46)
- Community Relationships: Nueces CHC builds relationships through preservation efforts. CHC projects involve other preservationists, schools, public officials, citizens, and media outlets. These ongoing relationships leave a positive impression and build a preservation ethic within the community. (Questions 52-54)
Photo: Nueces County officials issued a proclamation for Texas Independence Day. The CHC hosted a day-long celebration in partnership with the Clara Driscoll Chapter of the Daughters of the Republic of Texas and the Nueces County Historical Society. Anita Eisenhauer, Nueces CHC chair, at right.
- Educating the Public: Tom Green CHC takes every opportunity to teach others about county history and the role of the CHC. The CHC provides presentations to civic groups and promotes the work of the CHC by hosting CHC information tables at local events. (Questions 35–36)
- Educating Elected Officials: With many newly elected leaders, Tom Green CHC continually educates officials on the history of the county and the role the CHC can play in preserving historic resources. The CHC attributes much of its past success to the organization’s close relationship with county officials. (Question 41, 54)
- Educating the CHC: In addition to hosting educational events, Tom Green CHC attends trainings sponsored by area partners. The CHC learned more about the projects and activities of other CHCs by attending the Edwards Plateau Historical Association’s Fall Meeting. Attending regional workshops and meetings is a great way to learn from, and network with, other organizations. (Questions 47-48)
- Improvements: When declining membership became a problem, Tom Green CHC came up with a creative solution to increase interest in the CHC––it started a volunteer group to help with special projects and events. The volunteers are able to learn about historic preservation and the responsibilities of becoming a CHC appointee. This effort has led to increased interest in the CHC and new, well-informed appointees. (Question 52)
Photo: Golda Foster, Tom Green CHC chair, explains the purpose of a CHC to her county judge and commissioners, and provides an overview of what the CHC has accomplished for Tom Green County.
CHC Annual Reporting page here.