CHC Orientation and Training

A variety of training opportunities are provided each year thanks to the Texas Historical Commission (THC), as well as other state, regional, and local preservation organizations, enabling appointees to fulfill the statutory directive to attend at least two educational trainings each year.

THC's Training & Consulting webpage lists upcoming workshops hosted by THC. Develop relationships with area CHCs and preservation organizations. Take time to share information and coordinate educational efforts, so that event attendance increases along with the impact of your efforts!

CHC Orientation and Continuing Education Material

THC's website is populated with a wide range of technical advice that enables individuals and organizations to benefit from our agency's preservation professionals. THC-sponsored workshops are provided throughout the year, but only as time and funding allow. So, we strongly recommend that you spend quality time with our web material rather than waiting for a THC workshop to be held in your county. We also recommend that your CHC develop its own training, as direct by state statutes. 

  • Use the search box at the top right corner of each THC web page and find more about preservation topics that are of interest to you.
  • Visit the CHC Appointee Orientation Content webpage on this website to access CHC orientation material and a list of web material that covers the basics of CHC business. 
  • Role of Appointee webinar recording and reference material located on the Orientation Content webpage (above link).
  • THC Recommendations for CHCs provides foundational basics for participants in THC programs. 
  • 2020 Interim Recommendations were issued to address work that can be performed within social distancing guidelines. Our hope is that these comments help CHCs remember that so much of their work can still be accomplished in safe and constructive ways. 

Real Places Conference Material

2020 Real Places CHC session/discussion groups: Let's Talk About CHCs here. Presentation slides, worksheets, and group notes are posted. The following discussion topics were covered: staging leadership succession, onboarding CHC appointees, improving meeting attendance, securing financial support, downsizing programs, evaluating internal communication, encouraging youth education, and managing aging volunteers.

2018 Real Places partnership session: This conference featured, "Good Partner, Bad Partner: Which Role do You Play?" presentation slides here. Supplemental information about partnerships, along with the worksheets used in this conference session are located here

2016 Real Places CHC Orientation: CHC Outreach staff provided a series of orientations across the state. The final orientation of the series took place at this conference in Austin. Orientation material from that series is posted here for your use. This is the same information that is noted in above section. 

Educational Opportunities from Partner Organizations

Visit websites for the following state and regional partners to learn more about other educational opportunities.

Previous CHC Workshops

2016 Story of Texas Workshop: Know Thyself—more information here

2015 Story of Texas Workshop: Connecting Educators and Audiences—content here.  

2014 Story of Texas Workshop: Telling Your Story in Bigger and Better Ways—content here. 

2012 Preservation Month Regional Workshops: THC's CHC Outreach and Certified Local Government programs developed a series of capacity building workshops to help our customers and partners to contribute to the livelihood of Texas communities. These workshops explored current approaches to educating and influencing others about historic preservation. Each regional workshop featured guest speakers who have made positive contributions to that region. Flyers for each workshop are provided below. 

May 1, 2012—Kingsville: Telling the Story of Your Place (PDF) [Pecos CHC members discuss county partnerships at the Fort Davis regional workshop.]

May 8, 2012—Jefferson: Rediscovering our Unique History (PDF)

May 15, 2012—Lubbock: Saving the Real Places of Texas (PDF)

May 16, 2012—Eastland: Articulating Your Mission and Message (PDF)

May 22, 2012—Fort Davis: Partnering to Strengthen Communities (PDF)

CHC Outreach Workshops and Presentations

The initial goals of the CHC Outreach Program were to empower CHCs through training, educate public officials, and expand partnerships and communication networks for CHCs. Created in 2008, CHC Outreach spent a great deal of time with CHCs around the state—provided presentations to county officials, provided workshops to local preservationists, and attended CHC meetings to discuss challenges specific to their county.

CHC Outreach now focuses on educational opportunities that benefit multiple counties rather than presentations to individual CHCs. Efforts such as regional workshops and conferences maximize the use of time, effort, and travel, as well as create additional opportunities for CHCs to meet and discuss ways to fulfill statutory responsibilities.