We hope you will join us in Austin, January 29-31, 2020 for the fourth annual Real Places Conference presented by Phoenix I Restoration & Construction. Hosted by the Friends of the Texas Historical Commission, the conference will provide an opportunity for preservationists and officials to network and learn with county historical commissions, Main Street managers and participants, historic preservation officers and design review boards, architects and engineers, historians, archeologists, curators, interpreters, managers of museums and historic sites, as well as Texas Historical Commission staff, Texas Heritage Trail Regions, and other partner agencies.
The Friends of the Texas Historical Commission and the Texas Historical Commission's (THC) Texas Main Street Program are co-hosts with the National Main Street Center for the 2020 Main Street Now Conference, which will be held in Dallas May 18-20. As such, the Friends of the THC is offering exciting opportunities for businesses to show support for preserving and reviatlizing historic commercial districts in Texas and across the coutnry! Learn more.
Caddo Mounds State Historic Site Disaster Recovery
On Saturday, April 13, 2019, a tornado devastated the THC's Caddo Mounds State Historic Site. The visitors center building was destroyed by the storm, and the Caddo Grass House is gone. Many guests at the site were injured by the storm, and one visitor lost her life.
While the damage was extensive, the Caddo Mounds themselves, along with the site's invaluable archeological and cultural history, were left untouched.
The Friends of the Texas Historical Commission is raising funds to rebuild the grass house, a precious structure that was a labor of love by members of the Caddo Nation and the community. Learn more about the fundraising efforts here.
The Friends of the Texas Historical Commission coordinates Development Seminars geared towards volunteer leadership (board members and advisors) and staff from nonprofit organizations interested in learning more about securing philanthropic support for their organization. The series is suited for large and small organizations from any discipline with limited development staff, and highlights best practices while facilitating dynamic group interactions to help attendees build and strengthen their fundraising "tool-kit" so they can more effectively and sustainably achieve their mission.
Click here for upcoming dates and registration information!
Making a Difference
Many thanks to our friends across the state who have given to the Friends of the Texas Historical Commission!