What are County Historical Commissions?

The Texas Legislature authorized counties to establish County Historical Commissions (CHC) to assist county commissioners courts and the Texas Historical Commission (THC) in the preservation of our historic and cultural resources--this is the mission of each CHC.

The responsibilities of a CHC are set forth in the Texas Local Government Code, Chapter 318. The statute is fairly broad, leaving latitude for CHCs to organize and undertake activities appropriate to their county’s size and resources.

These statutory assignments make CHCs primary points of contact for individuals who need more information about particular aspects of history and historic sites in Texas. Contact information for CHC chairs is located below. Please note that not every county has a CHC and activity levels of CHCs vary from county to county. 

Photo: Audience acknowledges winners of Travis CHC history essay contest at Austin Community College.

Fun Facts about CHCs

Contact Information for CHCs

CHC contact information frequently changes, so CHC Outreach staff updates our CHC chair list periodically. This list is provided on the link below, so that you have access to the most recent contact information for these local preservationists.

CHC Chair Contact Information UPDATED March 12, 2019

FYI--CHC Chair contact information is based on reports/rosters from county/CHC to the Texas Historical Commission. If a county is missing from the list, contact the county judges offices to gather more current contact information. 

CHC Outreach staff also assembles a list of THC staff contacts for programs that are frequently used by CHCs; staff names, program affiliations, and telephone numbers are provided on the link below. A complete list of THC staff can be found on the "ABOUT US" tab at the top of this webpage. 

THC Contact Shortlist -- Select staff from programs frequently used by CHCs

THC Recommendations for CHCs

CHC statute directs CHCs to follow recommendations given by the Texas Historical Commission (THC). For this reason, the CHC Outreach Program provides CHC Orientation Material online, free of charge. CHC Outreach also works with THC staff to provide program recommendations that are most beneficial to the short- and long-term success of local preservation efforts. 

The right side of this webpage provides weblinks to more information about the role of a CHC appointee and the organizational structure of a CHC. We hope this web material helps CHCs contribute to preservation efforts on the local, regional, and state levels. 

Photo above features former THC Commissioner, Donna Carter, and THC staffer, Caroline Wright, as they discuss the importance of appropriate stewardship of historic properties. 

CHCs that Thrive Using THC Programs

Historical Marker Program

  • Collin CHC hosts cemetery workshop.Harris CHC
  • Liberty CHC
  • Nueces CHC

Cemetery Preservation Program

  • Austin CHC
  • Collin CHC
  • Hays CHC

National Register of Historic Places

  • Lubbock CHC
  • Milam CHC

Lavaca CHC host preservation workshops. Certified Local Government

  • Comal CHC
  • Tarrant CHC
  • Travis CHC

Archeology

  • Harrison CHC
  • Lavaca CHC
  • Nacogdoches CHC

 


Learn more about the role of a CHC appointee here

Learn more about CHC Game Changers here. These CHCs work to diversify projects, partners, and outreach methods.