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    The Friends of the Texas Historical Commission Friends Alliance Program was launched in fall of 2018 in partnership with the THC Historic Sites Division's Community Partnerships Program. The FTHC Board of Trustees is thrilled to present the 2019 Friends Alliance Awards at the Real Places Conference on January 16, 2019. Click here to learn more about the details and award recipients.  


    REAL PLACES 2019 | January 16-18 | Sheraton Austin Hotel at the Capitol

    Registration is now closed for REAL PLACES, our historic preservation and heritage tourism conference, which encourages individuals and communities who are passionate about seeking out, saving, and leveraging the real places and real stories of Texas.

    This state has an almost-embarrassing trove of historic and cultural treasures. Heritage travelers in our state spend an estimated $7.3 billion annually and support more than 54,000 jobs.

    Learn best practices and strategies to promote and increase visitation to your community's historic places and to protect and preserve the rich heritage of the Lone Star State. REAL PLACES returns to Austin January 16–18, 2019. The conference will be hosted at the Sheraton Austin Hotel at the Capitol. 

    San Felipe de Austin State Historic Site Museum Now Open!

    The 10,000-square-foot museum offers visitors a chance to see unique objects on display, including a desk that once belonged to Stephen F. Austin, an 1830s cast iron printing press, and many artifacts recovered during archeological investigations at the site. Learn more here and contact site staff to arrange a group tour, school field trip, or special presentation.

    With construction of a few final touches remaining, there's still time to be a part of the capital campaign. Learn more!


    Development Seminar Dates Announced for 2019

    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!




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