Back in Action! THC Preservation and Heritage Travel Conference Returns Feb 2022

Registration is open for Real Places 2022, the Texas Historical Commission’s historic preservation and heritage tourism conference, which unites people who are passionate about finding, saving, and leveraging the real places and real stories of their communities. 

While the last conference was held online, Real Places returns to Austin February 2–4, 2022. The conference will again be hosted at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Austin. 

Conference attendees will learn best practices and strategies to promote visitation to their community’s historic places and to protect and preserve the rich heritage of the Lone Star State. 

Presented by Phoenix I Restoration and Construction and hosted by the Friends of the Texas Historical Commission, the conference features more than 80 speakers from across Texas and the U.S. Thirty sessions and seven pre-conference workshops will address topics including place-based history events, federal review processes, nonprofit fundraising, historic resource surveys, disaster-proofing historic structures, creating interpretation, and working with tribal nations. 

Real Places keynote speakers will also include Toni Tipton-Martin, culinary journalist and author whose work centers on cultural heritage and cooking to build community; Sarah Bird, author of Daughter of a Daughter of a Queen, a tribute to Cathy/Cathay Williams, the only woman to serve with the fabled Buffalo Soldiers; Dr. Katherine Sharp Landdeck, associate professor of history at Texas Woman’s University and author of The Women with Silver Wings, which follows the WASPs of World War II from the 1920s to 2017; Joe Holley, journalist and Pulitzer Prize finalist, “Native Texan” columnist for the Houston Chronicle, and author of six books; and Darren Walker, president of the Ford Foundation and one of the country’s leading experts in the field of philanthropy, who was named one of Time magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in 2016. 

Registration for Real Places 2022 is now open online at a discounted early-bird rate available through November 15. For more information, including the schedule, registration, and speaker bios, visit For questions about registration, contact 512-936-2189 or