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  • Help preserve Texas history by supporting Friends of the Texas Historical CommissionHelp preserve Texas history by supporting Friends of the Texas Historical Commission

    Spirit of Texas Program

    Texans are proud of their history. So proud, in fact, that many stories related to the state's history have attained a mythic status, shaping what it means to be a Texan. These stories resonate with native Texans and newcomers embracing the Texas spirit alike. 

    Texas history is as vast as it is rich. From the long heritage and legacy of Natives, the adventures of the first Anglos, the perseverance of African Americans from enslavement to settlers of Freedom Colonies, and the cultural impact of Mexicans—to the impact of "new" Texans from around the country and the world—all have contributed to and shaped our idea of the Texas spirit today. Each new layer of history has made our heritage richer and more complex. It has necessiatated a more nuanced telling of these stories, especially as, with time, generations become further removed from the events themselves. As Texas continues to grow and change, the need to preserve and promote its cultural heritage is increasingly critical. This is true not only so we ensure our history is not lost over time, but so that new Texans and future generations can find their place in history and become a part of the effort to preserve it. 

    Only through understanding and preserving our shared past wholly and authentically can we fully appreciate the world we live in today, and shape the one that our children and future generations will live in tomorrow. By donating to the Friends of the Texas Historical Commission (FTHC), you allow us to continue our work as a critical partner to the Texas Historical Commission—the state's historic preservation agency—ensuring that the real stories of real places are preserved for generations to come. 

    The Friends of the Texas Historical Commission provides support for capital projects like the excavation of the La Belle Shipwreck and the San Felipe de Austin State Historic Site Museum, education efforts like the Texas Historical Commission's annual Real Places Conference and the Preservation Scholars Program, and stewardship programs like the Texas Archeological Stewardship Network and the Courthouse Stewardship Program. Support for these programs through the FTHC allows the Texas Historical Commission to effectively fulfill its mission.

    Gifts of all levels are recognized by the Spirit of Texas program. We are delighted to show our appreciation for your generous support with a variety of thank you gifts. Show off your pride in being a Texas history supporter with a tote bag, a yearly pass to THC's state historic sites, bumper stickers, and more. 


    The Spirit of Texas Leadership Circle: $5,000, $2,500, $1,000

    Benefits include invitation to annual donor reception, private event for your guests hosted by the FTHC in the historic Gethsemane Church in Austin (gifts of $2,500 and above), private staff-guided tour of a THC state historic site of donor choice, books authored and signed by THC staff historians, two tickets to THC's annual Real Places Conference in Austin, Spirit of Texas tote bag, free access to state historic sites and 10% off merchandise at site stores, bumper sticker, annual FTHC donor report, and quarterly newsletter.

    The Spirit of Texas Business Circle: $1,000

    Benefits include company logo included on the FTHC website and print materials and featured on social media, invitation to annual donor reception, two tickets to THC's annual Real Places Conference in Austin, Spirit of Texas tote bag, private staff-guided tour for four of a THC state historic site, free access to state historic sites and 10% off merchandise at site stores, bumper sticker, annual FTHC donor report, and quarterly newsletter.

    The Spirit of Texas Patrons of Preservation: $35-$999

    Gift Level Annual donor recognition event Signed book Tote bag Free entry to THC State Historic Sites and 10% off site merchandise Bumper sticker, quarterly nwesletter, and annual donor report
    $500-$999
    $250-$499
    $100-$249
    $50-$99    
    $35-$49      

     

    The Spirit of Texas Student Circle: $25

    Benefits include invitation to annual donor reception, two tickets to THC's annual Real Places Conference in Austin, Spirit of Texas tote bag, private staff-guided tour for four of a THC state historic site, free access to state historic sites and 10% off merchandise at site stores, bumper sticker, annual FTHC donor report, and quarterly newsletter.