Who We Are
Texas history is one adventure after another!
Native American cultures, the arrival of Spanish and French colonists, the development of missions, pioneer settlement, Goliad, the Alamo and San Jacinto, statehood and civil war, the cattle trails, the discovery of oil, even the space race, all of these stories have their roots in Texas.
And these "real" stories of Texas history mean so much more when we can tell them in the places where they actually happened. The capture of Fannin's men at Coleto Creek and what followed at Goliad is a harrowing tale when you read it in a textbook. But it takes on new meaning when you're standing in the battlefield itself on a cool March morning, watching the sun come up and imagining what it must have been like to realize that the Mexican reinforcements arrived under cover of darkness and that the Texians were outnumbered four to one. As Texans, we live in places like this, where stories come to life. But all too often these places are threatened, by development or by neglect. That's why the historic places of Texas need Friends like you!
The Friends of the Texas Historical Commission (a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation) develops private resources to assist the Texas Historical Commission with its mission to identify, preserve, and protect our state's historic places. Together we provide a lasting future for generations of Texans. Your generous support can help safeguard Texas history. Learn more
About the Texas Historical Commission
The Texas Historical Commission (THC) is the state agency for historic preservation. Working with partners across the state, the THC has, over more than a half a century, achieved remarkable success in protecting, preserving and telling the stories of historic Texas places. Learn more
Message from the Commission Chair, Matt Kreisle
At the Texas Historical Commission, we are re-energized and focused on providing the greatest value to the people of Texas in the most responsible, efficient, and cost effective manner. Preserving the cornerstones of our past is an investment in our future that enriches our lives and strengthens our communities—while stimulating economic development across the State. Through the Friends of the Texas Historical Commission, you can be a part of our efforts in preserving the historical fabric and cultural heritage of our great State. I encourage you to learn more and get involved.
Message from the Friends Chair, Gay Ratliff
Welcome to the Friends of the Texas Historical Commission's website. I invite you to join us on this journey to preserve Texas history for future generations to enjoy. Texas possesses a rich and diverse history, and with your help we can take the steps necessary to safeguard our historical treasures. The Friends of the Texas Historical Commission supports the Texas Historical Commission's effort to promote the cultural heritage of Texas. I believe that together, we can make a difference.
Making a Difference
On Saturday March 23 in Lockhart, Texas the Southwest Museum of Clocks and Watches President was presented an award for his expertise in the specialized field of timepiece restoration.