The Texas Historical Commission (THC) recognizes that County Historical Commissions (CHC) play a vital role in our efforts to save the real places that tell the real stories of Texas. The CHC Outreach Program creates opportunities for each CHC to build the capacity of its organization. This program has been helping Texas counties since April 2008 by providing services that accomplish the following for CHCs.
- Educate CHCs through training and technical assistance
- Promote CHC achievements to county officials and the public
- Expand CHC partnership and communication network
- Elevate the social and economic benefits of CHC service
- Build CHCs to be sustainable organizations
- Empower CHC appointees to be local preservation leaders
Approximate number of County Historical Commission appointees in Texas
CHC Appointee Orientations
Role of a CHC Appointee webinar recording and reference material here.
Expanding CHC Partnerships
Expand CHC partnerships in 2017; learn more here.
CHCs are Positive and Proactive Organizations
CHCs are made up of non-paid, county-appointed individuals. They are preservation leaders for their county and a primary point of contact for the Texas Historical Commission when discussing local preservation matters.
CHC appointees continue to serve year after year because they are passionate volunteers who take pride in their heritage. The most productive CHCs initiate positive preservation activities that engage their county and their region.
It is important to keep in mind that CHCs vary in size and workload, which affects the number and type of projects pursued by each CHC. The capacity of a CHC depends on the amount of monetary and in-kind support, input of county officials, appointee skillsets, and appointee interests. Seasoned CHC appointees are a valuable reference resources for county history and wonderful partners for area organizations.
Photo courtesy of the Van Zandt CHC.
More about CHC Outreach here.