The Texas Historical Commission includes divisions and departments dedicated to overseeing the many agency programs.
This division is responsible for oversight of division programs, operations, agency and statewide planning, and works closely with commission members to develop policies and goals. In addition, the executive director represents the agency at various meetings of preservation organizations and stakeholders. The executive director serves as Texas' State Historic Preservation Officer, as mandated by the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966. The office includes the deputy executive director, the agency planner, the development officer, human resources, communications, and executive and administrative assistant. The deputy executive director also serves as the equal employment opportunity officer.
The development officer works closely with the executive director and the Friends of the THC board of trustees to develop and execute fund-raising strategies for programs and initiatives of the agency. Support from the Friends comes from grants and contributions from corporate, foundation, and individual donors.
This division works to identify, protect, and preserve Texas' irreplaceable archeological heritage. The division is made up of these programs and projects:
- State Archeology Program
- Marine Archeology Program
- State and Federal Review
- Historical Designations
- The Texas Historic Sites Atlas
- Staff Archeologists
This division works to preserve and protect Texas’ diverse architectural heritage. Staff members provide design and rehabilitation advice to assist with preserving properties that span the state’s rich history, from majestic historic county courthouses and commercial buildings to Spanish missions and simple log cabins.
- Federal Tax Credits
- State and Federal Review
- Historic Designations
- Cultural Resource Management
- Disaster Relief
- Historic Homes and Properties
This department promotes the agency's projects and programs, and develops outreach strategies to increase awareness of the agency's mission and purpose. The staff:
- Develops and implements marketing communications campaigns.
- Coordinates public and media relations and staffs the public information office.
- Designs and produces promotional materials such as brochures, invitations, programs, ads, and flyers.
- Produces content and maintains the agency's web site.
- Assists with developing and implementing heritage tourism promotions.
- Plans and executes special events, grand openings, and press conferences.
- Publishes the agency's quarterly newsletter, The Medallion.
- Creates information and maintains the agency's social media presence.
Community Heritage Development
This division works in partnership with communities and regions to revitalize historic areas, stimulate tourism, and encourage economic development through the use of preservation strategies.
- The Texas Main Street Program
- Heritage Tourism
- Texas Heritage Trails Program
- Certified Local Government Program
- Education and Outreach
- Economic Impact Study
This division is responsible for overseeing the agency’s 22 historic attractions located throughout the state. Staff members welcome visitors, provide educational opportunities and exhibits, preserve historic structures and artifacts, and work with partner organizations in their communities. The attractions range from Native American ceremonial mounds to grand Victorian mansions to expansive frontier forts.
Each historic site has its own website with information on the history, special events, and details for heritage travelers.
Our 22 state historic sites are:
- Acton State Historic Site
- Caddo Mounds State Historic Site
- Casa Navarro State Historic Site
- Confederate Reunion Grounds State Historic Site
- Eisenhower Birthplace State Historic Site
- Fannin Battleground State Historic Site
- French Legation State Historic Site
- Fort Griffin State Historic Site
- Fort Lancaster State Historic Site
- Fort McKavett State Historic Site
- Fulton Mansion State Historic Site
- Landmark Inn State Historic Site
- Levi Jordan Plantation State Historic Site
- Magoffin Home State Historic Site
- Mission Dolores State Historic Site
- National Museum of the Pacific War
- Sabine Pass Battleground State Historic Site
- Sam Bell Maxey House State Historic Site
- Sam Rayburn House Museum
- San Felipe de Austin State Historic Site
- Starr Family Home State Historic Site
- Varner-Hogg Plantation State Historic Site
This division works with citizens, county historical commissions, museums, cemetery associations, local governments, state and federal agencies, and other interested parties to identify, evaluate, and interpret the historic and cultural resources of Texas. The Division includes these projects and programs:
- State Historical Marker Program
- National Register of Historic Places
- Historic Cemetery Preservation
- County Historical Commission Outreach
- Museum Services
- Public Project and Tax Credit Reviews
- Military History Program
- Historic Resources Survey
- Historic Texas Highways
This division is responsible for:
- Receipt and deposit of all revenue
- Accounting for all revenue and expenditures
- Purchasing and contracting for all goods and services
- Grant management and oversight
- Management of agency historically underutilized business (HUB) program
- Maintaining property records and inventories
- Preparing the payroll and reports
- Preparing financial and budget reports
- Processing vouchers for vendor payments
- Maintaining the agency vehicles