Preserving the real places and the real stories of Texas.
  • Sahawe Indian Dancers performing at Fort Griffin Visitors Center openingSahawe Indian Dancers performing at Fort Griffin Visitors Center opening
  • Conserved Painted Fan - part of the Sam Bell Maxey House artifact collectionConserved Painted Fan - part of the Sam Bell Maxey House artifact collection
  • Buffalo Soldiers at the new Fort Griffin Visitors Center Buffalo Soldiers at the new Fort Griffin Visitors Center
  • Jan Bullock gives opening remarks at La Belle exhibit openingJan Bullock gives opening remarks at La Belle exhibit opening
  • Clara Starr's Opera Glass - part of Starr Family Home artifact collectionClara Starr's Opera Glass - part of Starr Family Home artifact collection

Are you passionate about telling the real stories of your community?

The Friends of the Texas Historical Commission and the THC invite you to a three-day heritage travel conference focusing on this lucrative and growing sector of the tourism industry.

June 13-15
AT&T Executive Education & Conference Center
Austin, Texas

Featured speakers include:

Jon Schallert - Destination Business Expert and Speaker
Robb Walsh, Texas food historian and writer
Chet Garner, Texas travel show host of The Daytripper

Discounted registration rate is available through May 13.
Click HERE for more information and to register.

Interested in being a sponsor for this event?
Click HERE to learn more!
 


Caddo Mounds State Historic Site Revives the Traditional Grass House

 

Thank you to the foundations who supported this effort:
--The Cultural Resources Fund of the Tides Foundation, on the recommendation of the MICA Group
--The Summerlee Foundation
--The Texas Historical Foundation

 

In 2014 the Friends of Caddo Mounds embarked on fundraising projects for construction of a traditional Caddo grass house and in September 2015 Caddo Mounds received a $15,000 grant from the Tides Foundation. While the grant will only partially fund construction of the house, continued fundraising will help furnish the house using traditional made objects (beds, mats, baskets, pottery) and will allow the site to conduct community outreach programs and opportunities for cultural exhange with Caddo tribal members and community volunteers.

The Caddo grass house project is officially underway.

  • Grass was cut in November and has been laid out to dry during the winter months.
  • Pine and willow for framing were identified and marked in early December for harvesting this summer.
  • The house site will be excavated in late spring.
  • In the summer of 2016 construction will be complete. Read an update about the grass house here!

 

To be a part of this exciting project, donate to the Caddo Grass house fund. Visit the Caddo Mounds website and Facebook page to learn more and to be notified about special projects and volunteer opportunities. Read more about the history of the grass house here.


Are you an educator?

Attend our Caddo Traditions Teachers' Workshop

July 23-25, 2016

TEA-approved for CPE Credit

Click HERE for more information and to register!

 


 

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