Nominations Open for Champions of Texas History and Heritage

The Texas Historical Commission (THC) offers awards to recognize worthy accomplishments and exemplary leadership in the preservation of Texas history and heritage. The THC is now accepting nominations for the following historic preservation awards: Governor’s Award for Historic Preservation, John L. Nau, III Award of Excellence in Museums, Ruth Lester Lifetime Achievement Award, John Ben Shepperd County Historical Commission Leadership Award, George Christian Outstanding Volunteer of the Year Award, Curtis D. Tunnell Lifetime Achievement Award in Archeology, Anice B. Read Award of Excellence in Community Heritage Development, THC Award of Excellence in Preserving History, THC Award of Excellence in Historic Architecture, and THC Award of Excellence in Media Achievement.

The deadline for submissions for the 2018 THC Preservation Awards is July 13, 2018. Winners of the awards will be decided at the Commission's October 2018 Quarterly Meeting, and all nominees will be notified of their status shortly afterward.

Most of the awards will be presented at the THC’s Real Places conference January 16–18, 2019. The THC’s most prestigious award, the Governor’s Award for Historic Preservation, is presented at a special ceremony arranged with the staff of the Governor’s Office. A wide variety of projects and volunteer efforts may be recognized through the Governor’s Award.

Anyone may submit a nomination in accordance with the guidelines presented below each award as listed at The THC also offers the Award of Merit, which recognizes the efforts and contributions of a group or individual involved in preserving Texas’ cultural and historic resources. Nominations for this award may be submitted anytime throughout the year. For more information, contact the THC’s History Programs Division at 512-463-5853.