By Amy Hammons, County Historical Commission Outreach Coordinator
The early part of the year is a particularly exciting time for the County Historical Commission (CHC) Outreach Program. CHCs from across the state submit annual reports, allowing us to learn what local preservationists have accomplished over the last year and document their substantial contributions to the state of Texas.
CHCs reported more than 440,000 volunteer hours for the 2013 term of service, which means CHCs provided in-kind services with a monetary value of more than $10 million. The Texas Historical Commission (THC) honors these efforts by providing programs that enable CHCs to invest in their communities and celebrate what is best about our state. THC staff strive to address the tangible and intangible challenges that face CHCs.
Consider how the THC addresses these basic needs of local preservationists:
Technical Advice: THC historians, archeologists, and architectural reviewers provide assistance on a daily basis to help citizens understand the value of their history and historic resources. Find staff assigned to your area on the “Contact Us” webpage.
Acknowledgement: The THC provides affirmation to preservation champions each year through a variety of award programs, including the Texas Treasure Business Award and the Distinguished Service Award. Other THC awards can be found by searching our website using the term “THC awards.”
Moral Support: THC staff field a variety of calls and emails from citizens who don’t know where else to turn. After providing recommendations, THC staff also connect citizens to local, regional, and statewide partners.
THC staff members are always available to answer your history- and preservation-related questions. Submit yours by using the “Ask an Expert” box found in the right column of our home page and throughout the website.
This article was originally published in the Fall 2014 issue of The Medallion.