Training Opportunities

The Texas Historical Commission (THC) hosts and organizes maintenance and stewardship training workshops for county officials and staff. Since March 2007, the Texas Land Title Association has partnered with THC as a sponsor of our annual Texas Courthouse Stewardship Workshop. The workshop is a unique opportunity to hear from guest speakers and THC staff on the preventive maintenance challenges and solutions for historic county courthouses. Since 2016, the workshops have been held in conjunction with THC's annual Real Places conference. 

Typically, the workshop attendees includes a facility manager and an elected official who form each county's courthouse stewardship team. As funding allows, hotel and travel costs may be reimbursed for up to two participants per county. The workshop program includes networking and recognition/awards for noteworthy county stewardship efforts. The next annual workshop will be held January 29-31, 2020 at the Doubletree Hotel in Austin.

Regional Workshops

In addition to annual Texas Courthouse Stewardship workshops held in Austin since 2007, the program now offers training and networking opportunities on a regional basis. These regional workshops allow for elected officials who share common challenges and concerns to meet and discuss successful approaches; their courthouses have similar environmental conditions and often skilled subcontractors may serve a specific area of the state. These free workshops are typically all-day and include a tour of the host county’s courthouse. The regional workshops have been opened to any neighboring county participating in the Texas Historic Courthouse Preservation Program or having a historic courthouse.

For questions regarding upcoming workshops, please contact Olivia Hillmer, THCPP Program Specialist at 512-463-8821 or olivia.hillmer@thc.texas.gov.

Previous Regional Workshop Agendas (PDF)

  • 2015 Jeff Davis County - A workshop in Far West Texas hosted by county judges Jeannette Duer and George Grubb focusing on metal roofing
  • 2015 Potter County - A Panhandle workshop hosted by Potter County Judge Nancy Tanner and Director of Facilities Mike Head who led a tour
  • 2016 Denton County - Tour and presentations by Denton County officials include Judge Mary Horn, Commissioner Andy Eads, Peggy Riddle and Danny Brumley and masonry conservator Charles Phillips
  • 2016 Harrison County - A day-long workshop in Marshall with Judge Hugh Taylor, Mark Knuckols, Janet Cook and THC staff architects

The next regional stewardship workshops will be held in Gainesville (September 18) and Tahoka (October 23). The Real Places conference (January 29-31, 2020) will also offer excellent content for courthouse stewards. Agenda, cost, and registration info are forthcoming.

Training Opportunities Beyond THC