From wartime service to seeking civil rights, African Americans have been shaping Texas for hundreds of years. Heritage destinations across the state showcase stories of outstanding bravery, caring for one’s community, and more. In this online presentation, representatives from five organizations share the histories of their sites and how the public...
Blog Posts About Heritage Travel
Wednesday, February 10, 2021 - 3:34pm
Friday, February 5, 2021 - 10:50am
2021 is the 185th Anniversary of the Texas Revolution. Step back in time and experience the period of the Texas Republic safely in person or virtually at one of these Texas Historical Commission State Historic Sites. Help stop the spread of COVID-19 by following our health and safety guidelines when planning your visit.San Felipe de Austin
Monday, January 11, 2021 - 9:00am
This year is presenting new opportunities for safe travel throughout the Lone Star State. Many of our state historic sites have expansive grounds that offer both heritage tourism and outdoor recreation opportunities.
In La Grange and Washington, you can stretch your legs and experience multiple historic sites in a single location.
Kreische Brewery ...
Tuesday, December 8, 2020 - 9:47am
Searching for the perfect gift that supports the Texas Historical Commission’s many programs? We are pleased to share our own holiday gift guide to inspire ideas for fans of Texas history and heritage travel.State Historic Sites Museum Stores
Select museum stores at our state historic sites are now taking orders online for rare Texas history products! We are thrilled to...
Tuesday, November 10, 2020 - 8:31am
As Texans continue to seek creative ways to explore our state safely, the Texas Historical Commission is offering ideas for some great destinations for a picnic while learning about our state’s history. Grab a picnic basket and go off the beaten path to explore these scenic spots across the state with unique stories.
Austin – Mount Bonnell
Rising 775 feet above sea...
Tuesday, August 4, 2020 - 1:46pm
By Farah Merchant, THC Preservation Scholar
German immigrants initially sought sanctuary in Texas from political and religious persecution. Many settled in the Hill Country, where the climate paralleled their native country. German Texans influenced life in the Lone Star State—they brought classical and opera music, breweries, biergartens, and their language. The German legacy...
Tuesday, July 28, 2020 - 1:49pm
When San Antonio visitors venture beyond the River Walk area, they find a remarkable range of heritage tourism sites in a fascinating city that’s downright ancient by Texas standards.
San Antonio’s origins are tied to the 1718 San Antonio de Bexar Presidio and the nearby village of San Fernando de Bexar, chartered in 1731 by a group of Canary Islanders. Spain established...
Wednesday, July 22, 2020 - 5:07pm
Settled by Native Americans, conquered by Spaniards, then included as part of Mexico, this region is rich with history and culture. This part of North Texas was also home to several legendary Texans, including Dwight D. Eisenhower, Sam Rayburn, and Sam Bell Maxey—their stories are each told at a Texas Historical Commission state historic site in the area.
Monday, July 20, 2020 - 3:27pm
The Texas coast stretches 350 miles from South Padre Island to the Louisiana border, extending through a diverse array of towns, each with their own rich history. The southern portion of the coast—roughly 100 miles of shoreline between Rockport and South Padre Island—offers travelers a diverse range of heritage tourism opportunities.
Initially referred to...
Thursday, July 16, 2020 - 2:25pm
By Farah Merchant, Preservation Scholar, Texas Historical Commission
Formerly part of Mexico and Spain, Texas has deep Hispanic roots. Much of the food, entertainment, and celebrations Texans enjoy are part of its Hispanic heritage....