Projects and Programs

The Texas Historical Commission offers a wide range of programs that help preserve the past for future generations of Texans, stimulate economic development across the state, and educate students and professionals alike about historic preservation. See our highlighted programs below for more detail.

  • West Texas cemetery

    Historic cemeteries across Texas are threatened by development, uncontrolled vegetation, vandalism, and theft.

  • A local, state, and federal partnership designed to help cities and counties develop high standards of preservation.

  • THC approved a new program in 2007 to provide an elevated level of service to County Historical Commissions (CHC)

    THC approved a new program in 2007 to provide an elevated level of service to County Historical Commissions (CHC).

  • Ensures that facilities meet current museum standards pertinent to the care and management of held-in-trust collections.

  • The Texas Historical Commission's (THC) Curatorial Facility for Artifact Research (CFAR) houses historic and archeological collections from the THC's 21 state historic sites.

    Responsible for the care, storage, and conservation of historic and prehistoric materials held by the THC.

  • Since 2009, the Texas First Lady, acting as honorary chair, in partnership with the Texas Historical Commission has honored communities demonstrating a high level of creativity and ingenuity in recognizing and preserving their authentic Texas sense of place.

    Honoring communities demonstrating creativity and ingenuity in preserving their authentic Texas sense of place.

  • The Heritage Tourism Program inspires visitation to heritage sites statewide through the development and distribution of promotional and educational materials

    Supporting and promoting Texas places and activities that authentically represent the past and present.

  • Historic Resources Surveys identify significant properties in neighborhoods, communities, and entire counties

    Architectural and archeological surveys identify significant properties in neighborhoods, communities, and entire counties.

  • A family traveling on the historic Bankhead Highway

    We identify, designate, interpret, and market historic roads and highways in Texas.

  • THC Archeology staff member awards Texas landowner the Historic Texas Lands Plaque

    For decades, Texas landowners have worked with the THC to preserve important sites throughout the state.

  • Protecting, preserving, and investigating historic shipwrecks in all state-owned waters of Texas.

  • Map showing Proposed System of State Highways, highlighting the Meridian Highway.

    The Meridian Highway has been the major north-south named highway in Texas since the early 1910s.

  • Fort Worth 1918 military parade postcard

    Texas has a unique military history. THC supports efforts to preserve historically important military sites.

  • Enabling small history museums to better carry out their missions by helping them to meet professional standards.

  • San Felipe State Historic Site

    A federal program recognizing a property's historical or architectural significance, administered in Texas by the THC.

  • Historic photo of Dallas Post Ofice

    Tax incentives for historic properties include rehabilitation tax credits and sales and property tax exemptions.

  • Federal and state laws protect significant historic buildings and archeological sites from damage due to construction.

  • The State Archeologist oversees several Texas archeology programs.

  • Cultural resources on non-federal public lands in Texas are eligible to be designated as State Antiquities Landmarks.

  • Texas historical marker road sign

    Commemorating diverse topics that tell the story of Texas

  • Texas Archeological Stewardship Network is a group of trained and motivated avocational archeologists who strictly work on a volunteer basis. They help find, record and monitor archeological sites.

    Avocational archeologists work as volunteers to preserve and interpret the vast archeological landscape of Texas.

  • 2013 Arlington Fall Festival:  members of the Tarrant County Archeological Society assisted with mock digs.

    Each October, Texas Archeology Month (TAM) celebrates the spirit of discovery.

  • Bosque County, Texas, County Courthouse tower with tree tops

    Working with local partners to make significant financial investments to restore valuable historic Texas courthouses.

  • The Texas Heritage Trails Program is the THC's award-winning heritage tourism initiative.

  • Hopkins County Courthouse

    Restoring the state's most treasured historic landmarks.

  • The Main Street of Goliad, Texas

    A revitalization effort for historic downtowns.

  • TPTF FY 2016-17, Odom Homestead (historic photo), Burkeville, Newton County

    The TPTF Grant Program is your opportunity to save and protect Texas’ threatened historic resources.

  • The Statewide Plan is a 10 year blueprint for Texans to preserve, protect and leverage their historic resources.

  • Texas Treasure Business Award image

    Recognizing Texas businesses that have provided employment and support to the state’s economy for at least 50 years.

  • A THC Historic Resources Survey Packet is available to anyone interested in conducting a historic resources survey.

  • Award being presented to recipients.

    Recognizing worthy accomplishments and exemplary leadership in the preservation of Texas’ heritage.

  • Sam Bell Maxey State Historic Site front door view

    The Historic Sites Division is responsible for overseeing the agency’s 21 historic properties located throughout the state.

  • Town Square Initiative

    Holistically addresses the challenge of unoccupied and under-utilized buildings in our historic downtowns.