Preserving the real places and the real stories of Texas.

Why Attend Real Places 2018?

Real Places 2018 is where ideas and inspiration for preserving Texas history are born. Anyone interested in protecting our past can work directly with industry-leading experts to learn practical, actionable solutions they can apply back home.

Real Places 2018 is not only a place for keeping up with preservation trends, but also for being an active player in their creation. To get a better idea of what's in store for the conference, watch the above video or read our recap of Real Places 2016.

What others say

It’s a meeting with like-minded people interested in promoting all aspects of Texas history to their communities and visitors.

- Jim Hodgson, Fort Worth Aviation Museum

Lots of great information, time for networking, fast-paced, high energy.

- Glenda Gordon, Gonzales County Historical Commission

Convince your organization or company

If you're at all interested in protecting our state's great history, it's a no-brainer that you should be sent to Real Places 2018.

Become educated on top-level trends, best practices, and hands-on techniques in sessions designed to ensure that your preservation efforts excel.

Elevate your Community's Preservation Efforts

  • Learn from educational sessions presented by experts from Texas and out-of-state covering heritage travel, visitor experiences, building maintenance, and conservation
  • Improve the fundraising for your organization’s preservation efforts
  • Understand the arguments and techniques to help save historic wood windows, one of the most common issues faced by owners and landmark commissions
  • Take advantage of the historic building maintenance and materials conservation expertise of the Texas Courthouse Stewardship Workshop
  • Celebrate Texas’ most successful preservationists and communities at the THC Awards Banquet, and hear from the creators of both the Texas Travel Trails in 1968 and the Texas Heritage Trails Program 20 years ago
  • Improve the hospitality efforts and visitor experience for your community, historic site, or museum
  • Make your organization and efforts more inclusive and representative of the state and your community
  • Make better and more informed preservation decisions
  • Leverage the state and federal tax credits to cover up to 45 percent of your building’s rehabilitation costs
  • Refine both the economic and emotional arguments for historic preservation

Make Valuable Connections for your Community

  • Build relationships with your peers from nearby and across the state, including fellow County Historical Commission members, city preservation officers and landmark commissioners, facilities managers, museum and historic site managers, local Friends and affiliates groups, downtown revitalization professionals, architects, historians, and archeologists.
  • Grab the opportunity to meet and talk with nearly 100 Texas Historical Commission staff members from dozens of programs and disciplines all in one place
  • Learn how TxDOT isn’t all about roads and may be able to help your preservation efforts
  • Connect with colleagues in your region facing similar challenges, and network with people involved with your Texas Heritage Trail Region
  • Learn what it takes to become a Texas Main Street city or Certified Local Government, get your community on, or become part of the Texas Historic Courthouse Preservation Program

stay efficient and productive

  • Connect to the office with Wi-Fi and built-in breaks
  • Meals are included with full registration to reduce your out-of-pocket costs and maximize the learning opportunities
  • Virtually all sessions take place at the host hotel, the Sheraton Austin Hotel at the Capitol, conveniently located at 701 East 11­th Street in Austin