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

Image result for fundraising imagesThe Friends of the THC Development Seminar
Save the Date

February 16-17, 2017
Austin, Texas (location TBD)

Registration opens December 16th, check back here to register or email Reina Andrade, Friends Office Manager, to be added to our e-mail list.

2-Day Registration: $400
Single-Day Registration: $215

Who Should Attend?

  • Volunteer leadership
  • Board members and advisors
  • Staff from non-profit or small organizations

This seminar is for both large and small organizations from any discipline who have limited development staff.

​This two-day seminar will focus on:

  • ​Elements of a strong development program - building a case for giving; role of boards in fundraising; unrestricted and restricted fundraising.
  • Foundation and corporate fundraising - building a prospect list; researching resources; writing effective grants.
  • Individual giving - annual giving programs; major gifts fundraising.
  • Development "best practices" - donor stewardship, recognition and engagement; gift processing; recordkeeping; financial management of funds.
  • Fundraising for special projects and capital campaigns.
  • Public (federal) grants programs - an overview.
  • THC preservation incentives through tax credits and grants.

Meet our 2016 Diversity Interns

A heartfelt "thank you" to this year's diversity interns, Haian Abdirahman and Victor Hurtado, who spent their summer in service to historic preservation.

Haian graduated from North Dakota State University in 2015 with a degree in English and Public History.  He is currently attending The University of Texas at Austin completing a dual Masters of Public Affairs and Information Studies in Cultural Policy, Archives and Records Enterprises. Haian also worked on a year-long policy research project titled "City of Austin Challenges,"  part of the cultural policy team researching live music preservation in Austin, and worked with Texas Folklife Resources in Austin as an Archive Processing Intern.  Previously Haian served as Junior Fellow at the Library of Congress in the Manuscript Division. He recently received the ARL/SAA Mosaic Program Fellowship (2015-2017), UT Austin McNair Diversity Recruitment Fellowship (2015-2016), and the iSchool Phillip Tocker Endowed Presidential Fellowship (2015-2016), as well as many others.  He is part of the UT iSchool Cultural Heritage and Information Preservation Society and the LBJ Diversity and Inclusion Committee.

Haian worked with the History Programs division this summer on a Youth Education project.


Victor is currently a Bachelor of Arts student in Art History with a minor in Legal Reasoning from the University of Texas at El Paso. He has been on the Dean’s List since 2013 and the Liberal Arts Honors Program since 2014. He has received the Texas Public Educational Grant since 2013 as well as the TEXAS (Towards Excellence, Access and Success) Grant since 2013. While in El Paso, Victor served as an Undergraduate Assistant and Peer Leader, and was actively affiliated with the El Paso County Historical Commission and the Art History Association, and created a research video project with members of the El Paso community about Historic preservation developments in downtown El Paso since 2012.

Victor worked with both the Division of Architecture on their Mitigation and Digitization project and the Community Heritage Development Division on a Main Street project this summer.

Click here to learn more about the Diversity Internship. Applications open January 2, 2017.


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 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.


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