Why Partnering with the THC is Important

Partnerships between the Texas Historical Commission (THC) and County Historical Commissions (CHC) are mutually advantageous—CHCs gain access to THC expertise and THC contributes to CHC preservation efforts. However, relationships between THC and CHCs are only as good as the information shared between the organizations.

Communicating through annual reporting

One way CHCs build a relationship with THC is through annual reporting. Submitting a CHC report each year allows THC staff to track statewide preservation efforts and struggles, while gaining meaningful insight into the workings of each CHC. CHC Outreach uses this information to determine training interests and needs. 

After evaluating the reports, CHC Outreach recommends THC programs and services that will address areas of need. We also suggest local, regional, and statewide partners that may enhance the overall outcome of CHC efforts.

CHCs can use reporting documentation to communicate with other partners. Online reporting method enables CHC activity to be documented, compiled, and promoted in more efficient and significant ways. CHC Outreach uses reporting results to illustrate the importance of CHC work to public officials and preservation partners.

Again, THC’s understanding of CHC accomplishments is only as good as the information shared. Providing completed reports each year allows our staff to better serve CHCs. More about reporting here.

Improved understanding through training and consultation

Another way to build relationships between CHC appointees and THC staff is to attend presentations and workshops to learn about THC programs and find answers to your preservation questions.

These trainings also enable regional and statewide CHC connections, allowing appointees to meet peers and discuss various preservation efforts.

Upcoming trainings offered by THC staff here.

For those unable to attend in-person trainings, THC staff host webinars, many of which are made available on the THC website for public viewing. Examples of past webinars still available on the webpages found here and here. THC staff also provide educational material free of charge on the THC website. THC recommendations to CHCs are found here.

While we prefer appointees attend trainings and use THC website material, appointees need not be computer savvy to access educational material and THC staff expertise. THC historians, archeologists, architectural reviewers, and preservation specialists provide assistance on a daily basis to help citizens understand the value of their history and historic resources. 

Eliminate preservation guess work by consulting with THC staff. Our experts consult with CHCs and citizens every day. 

Ongoing exchange of information and services

To get the most out of THC services, CHC should develop constructive relationships with THC staff and learn the basics of THC Programs. CHC Outreach connects CHCs to programs and services based on information given through CHC reports, email inquiries, and phone calls.

THC keeps CHCs informed on the various programs, events, and trainings hosted by THC and statewide preservation partners. In return, CHC chairs must read THC correspondence, respond to THC telephone calls, and consult with THC experts for assistance with ongoing projects.

Email candice.mcclendon@thc.texas.gov to subscribe to the CHC listserv.

Maintaining communication with the THC provides the following partner benefits to CHCs:

  • Notifications for training on preservation related programs
  • Receipt of technical assistance with preservation work
  • Consultation with field experts
  • Help with general questions regarding CHC business
  • Connections to preservation organizations, including other CHCs

There are countless reasons to develop and maintain a constructive relationship with the THC. Help us help your CHC grow and positively impact your communities.

CHC Outreach serves CHCs; learn more here.

To visit the CHC Partnership page, click here