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$21 billion

The amount museums contribute to the American economy each year

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From the THC Blog

The Market Square Research Center now houses a collection of artifacts, costumes, Mexican cinema posters, and photos.

Brownsville Beckons: Discover Bicultural History on the Border

Centuries ago, the Brownsville area was part of a larger region known as the Wild Horse Desert. The THC plays a key role in this area, including its designation as an official Texas Main Street community.

On Board the Official Tall Ship of Texas, the 1877 ELISSA

On Board the Official Tall Ship of Texas, the 1877 ELISSA

The 142-year-old Elissa is one of the only ships of its kind restored to full sailing capacity. Elissa’s origins are traced to a shipyard in Scotland where she was constructed and launched in October 1877.

The Medallion

THC’s official magazine containing news and advice about preservation projects, Texas’ historic sites, and heritage tourism.

Statewide News & Events

  • The Texas Historical Commission (THC) has designated Mineral Wells and Hamilton as incoming 2020 official Texas Main Street communities. The announcement was made October 4 at the THC’s quarterly commission meeting in Brownsville.

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