Get ready for an evening of celebration at one of Houston’s most unique and historic landmarks!
Please join us for "An Evening at the Crystal Ballroom"!
On behalf of the Friends of the Texas Historical Commission and John L. Nau III, Chair, Texas Historical Commission, we invite you to join us on Thursday, June 22nd, 2017, at the Crystal Ballroom at the Houston’s iconic and historic Rice Hotel
the 10th anniversary of the THC’s Preservation Scholars Program and the newly established Matthew Honor and Larutha Odom Clay Preservation Scholars Endowment.
This celebration is a unique opportunity for you to support the mission of the Texas Historical Commission, to protect and preserve the state’s historic and prehistoric resources. You will be treated to an evening of wonderful food, live music and an auction. All under the beautiful crystal chandeliers, and surrounded by the heroic murals, of the Crystal Ballroom, while supporting the THC’s Preservation Scholars Program….what could be better?
1936 Texas Centennial Markers
The Texas Legislature created the Commission of Control for Texas Centennial Celebrations in 1935, to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Texas’ independence from Mexico. More than three million dollars in state funds were appropriated for “the placing of suitable markers, memorials or buildings at places where historic events occurred”.
Llano residents alerted the Texas Historical Commission to recently vandalized historical markers in the area. Images shared with us show extensive damage to the markers. THC staff is working with local law enforcement to protect the markers from further damage and speaking with preservation experts about restoring the markers. The state of Texas does not provide funding for these markers, so the costs of replacement or restoration often fall to individual donors.
Texas celebrated its history in 1936, with huge crowds of Texans marveling at the accomplishments of the state in the first 100 years since independence from Mexico.
PLEASE JOIN THE FRIENDS OF THE TEXAS HISTORICAL COMMISSION to ensure that our 1936 Centennial Markers survive to the Texas Bicentennial and beyond.
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. In the summer of 2016, the grass house was constructed. Continued fundraising will help furnish the house using traditionally-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.
- Grass was cut last November and was laid out to dry during the winter months.
- Pine and willow for framing were identified and marked last December for harvesting over the summer.
- In the summer of 2016 construction was complete.
- Read an update about the grass house here!
Caddo Mounds State Historic Site is currently seeking donations to furnish their grass house.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.