County Historical Commissions (CHCs) play a vital role in statewide efforts to preserve Texas history. To support this service, the Texas Historical Commission (THC) created the CHC Outreach Program. We support CHCs across the state that manage and complete preservation projects. See CHC Outreach highlights and initiatives below.
Counties that have at least one County Historical Commission contact in place
2023-2024 Appointment Period is Underway
Now is the time to identify potential appointees for the 2023–2024 term of service. Learn more here.
2021 Annual Reporting Trends Now Available
Outreach staff evaluate annual reports to identify statewide trends in CHC organizational efforts. Learn more here.
CHCs are Positive and Proactive Organizations
If you're involved in Texas preservation efforts, you have most likely worked with CHCs. There are more than 200 active CHCs in Texas. Individual CHCs are made up of non-paid, county-appointed, individuals. They are preservation leaders for their county and a primary point of contact for the THC when discussing local preservation matters. To our knowledge, no other state has this type of extensive county government network in place.
Often appointed to consecutive terms, CHC appointees continue to serve year after year because they are passionate volunteers who take pride in their heritage. The most productive CHCs initiate positive preservation activities that engage their county and region.
It is important to keep in mind that CHCs vary in size and workload, which affects the number and type of projects they can pursue. The capacity of a CHC depends on the amount of monetary and in-kind support, input of county officials, and appointee skillsets and interests. Seasoned CHC appointees are a valuable resource for county history and wonderful partners for area organizations.
THC's CHC Outreach Program
The CHC Outreach Program creates opportunities for each CHC to build the capacity of its appointees, programs, and organization as a whole. Created in April 2008, CHC Outreach provides a host of services to individual appointees, chairs, county officials, and CHC partner organizations. Initially, the program was set up with the following goals:
- Educate CHCs through training and technical assistance
- Promote CHC achievements to county officials and the public
- Expand CHC partnership and communication network
- Provide recommendations to county officials regarding CHCs
- Empower CHC appointees to be local preservation leaders
Over the years, CHC Outreach staff have refined these goals and now provide an extensive range of educational material and practical recommendations on this website. Access the hyperlinks listed on the right of this webpage to learn more about how the THC supports CHCs and how THC staff work directly with appointees.