THC staff identified programs and services most frequently used by CHCs and developed recommendations that enable CHC appointees to make the most of these preservation opportunities. The recommendation framework enables CHCs of varying sizes and capacities to direct efforts in constructive ways rather than expend energy in work that may be less advantageous in the long run.
Staff Recommendations to CHCs packet updated as of October 2016.
2020 adjusted recommendations that take into consideration social distancing HERE.
Keep reading to learn more about how to apply staff reccommendations. An verbal explanation of the recommendaiton framework can be found during the last half of the Role of an Appointee webinar recording located on the CHC Appointee Orientation Content webpage.
Recommendations are broken down into 3 levels. Explanation of level framework is outlined below. Application of each level is explained in the staff recommendations (above web link).
Theme for each level
Basic responsibility that most every CHC should be able to fulfill
Actions that develop constructive relationships
Intermediate step or work item to be addressed if Level 1 priority is in hand
Actions that serve the best interests of county resources
Higher level of participation to be addressed if Levels 1-2 are in hand
Actions that demonstrate a county preservation ethic
The foundation--Level 1--is the key to organizational success for all organizations. Constructive relationships enable CHCs to make the most of whatever organizational capacity exists. Don't know much about preservation? That's okay because THC staff and other partner organizations can help you find answers. Don't have many appointees? Don't have much funding? That's okay, too, because you can use your limited resources to work with local and regional organizations on projects and events.
Maintain these relationships as you move on to Level 2--responsibilities that require a better understanding of the cultural and historic resources in your county. Organizationally speaking, your appointees are engaged and making efforts to understand the breadth of county resources and the significance attached to each resource. Level 2 CHCs don't just research what's interesting on a personal level, but embrace statutory obligations on a professional level to preserve and protect the diversity of county resources.
Level 3--demonstrating a preservation ethic--develops because your CHC maintains strategic relationships and has shown itself to be an authority on county history. With this positioning and expertise, your CHC is now in a position of authority in which you can influence others, including key decision-makers for local, regional, and statewide issues that affect historic preservation.
Featured THC Programs and Services
CHC recommendation packet (web link above) highlights THC programs and services most frequently used by CHCs. Although we may expand this list in the future, please focus on building up solid programs of work for the featured topics and connecting with THC services associated with those topics. Reference the recommendation packet for directives. Note additional web links below that relate to fulfilling those directives.
Role of a County Historical Commission (CHC) Appointee
Historical Markers Program
- State Historical Markers program main page (also note right gutter links on page)
- Marker Information for CHCs
Technical Preservation Reviews (Archeology & Architecture)
- Review and Compliance for Local Preservationists
- THC Contact Us webpage, specifically sections entitled, Project Review Contacts
Cemetery Preservation Program
- Cemetery Preservation program main page (also note right gutter links on page)
- Maintenance, Conservation, and Repair
Cultural and Historic Resources Survey
National Register of Historic Places
Historic Tax Credits
Texas Archeology Month
- Texas Archeology Month program main page
Texas Archeology Steward Network
- Texas Archeological Stewards program main page
Texas Preservation Trust Fund (TPTF)
- TPTF program main page
CHC Appointee Orientation Content featured here.
CHC Training and Workshop information are featured here.