THC Preservation Awards

The Texas Historical Commission (THC) offers awards to recognize worthy accomplishments and exemplary leadership in the preservation of Texas’ heritage.

The THC accepts nominations for two categories of annual historic preservation awards: the Governor’s Award for Historic Preservation and the John L. Nau, III Award of Excellence in Museums. 

The THC’s most prestigious award, the Governor’s Award for Historic Preservation, is presented in a special ceremony arranged with the staff of the Governor’s office.

The John L. Nau, III Award of Excellence in Museums is presented at a location agreed upon by the award recipient and the THC.

The THC also continues to offer its Award of Merit, which recognizes the efforts/contributions of a group or individual involved in preserving Texas’ cultural and historic resources. Nominations for the Award of Merit can be submitted at any time during the year.

Current THC staff members, commissioners, advisory board members, or their immediate families are not eligible to receive any award.

Texas Historical Commission Awards Nomination Cover Form (PDF)

  • Use this form with each entry from the list below.

Award of Merit (PDF)

  • Recognizes the efforts/contributions of a group or individual involved in preserving Texas’ cultural and historical resources.

The Governor's Award for Historic Preservation recognizes the highest achievement of an individual or organization in preservation of Texas’ prehistoric and historic heritage. The application period for the award is closed for the 2016 cycle and the recipient will be announced in the spring of 2017. New applications will be available for the 2017 nominations in early 2018.

The John L. Nau, III Award of Excellence in Museums recognizes and honors the significant contributions of an individual or institution in the areas of historical interpretation, museum education, conservation of collections, and/or community involvement. The application period for the award is closed for the 2016 cycle and the recipient will be announced in the spring of 2017. New applications will be available for the 2017 nominations in early 2018.