What are County Historical Commissions?

The Texas Legislature authorized counties to establish County Historical Commissions (CHC) to assist county commissioners courts and the Texas Historical Commission (THC) in the preservation of our historic and cultural resources--this is the mission of each CHC.

The responsibilities of a CHC are set forth in the Texas Local Government Code, Chapter 318. The statute is fairly broad, leaving latitude for CHCs to organize and undertake activities appropriate to their county’s size and resources.

These statutory assignments make CHCs primary points of contact for individuals who need more information about particular aspects of history and historic sites in Texas. Contact information for CHC chairs is located below. Please note that not every county has a CHC and activity levels of CHCs vary from county to county. 

Photo: Participants, friends, and family acknowledge winners of the Travis CHC county history essay contest at Austin Community College.

Fun Facts about CHCs

Contact Information for CHCs

CHC contact information frequently changes, so CHC Outreach staff updates our CHC chair list periodically. This list is provided on the link below, so that you have access to the most recent contact information for these local preservationists.

CHC chair contact information as of October 6, 2016

CHC Outreach staff also assembles a list of THC staff contacts for programs that are frequently used by CHCs; staff names, program affiliations, and telephone numbers are provided on the link below. A complete list of THC staff can be found on the "ABOUT US" tab at the top of this webpage. 

THC staff contact information--programs and service frequently used by CHCs

THC Recommendations for CHCs

As mentioned above, CHC state statute enables a wide range of activities for CHCs. However, that same statute directs CHCs to follow recommendations of the county commissioners court and the Texas Historical Commission (THC). For this reason, the CHC Outreach Program provides recommendations for CHCs specific to the programs and initiatives THC staff feel are most beneficial to the short- and long-term success of local preservation efforts. 

The right side of this webpage provides links to more information about the role of a CHC appointee and the organizational structure of a CHC. These webpages will lead you to THC recommendations and CHC orientation material that help each county build a sustainable program of work, which will contribute to preservation efforts on the local, regional, and state levels. 

CHCs that Thrive Using THC Programs

Historical Marker Program

  • Atascosa CHC
  • Denton CHC (photo at right)
  • Van Zandt CHC

Cemetery Preservation Program

  • Austin CHC
  • El Paso CHC (photo below)
  • Tom Green CHC

National Register of Historic Places

  • Bexar CHC
  • Fayette CHC
  • Galveston CHC

Certified Local Government

  • Comal CHC
  • Tarrant CHC
  • Travis CHC

Archeology

  • Harrison CHC
  • Lavaca CHC
  • Nacogdoches CHC
     

 

Learn more about the role of a CHC appointee here