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    JOIN US TO PRESERVE THE LEGACY OF THE LONE STAR STATE!

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

    Registration is now open 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. 

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    Now Accepting Nominations for State Historic Site Friends Group Awards—Deadline September 10, 2018

    As part of the THC’s Historic Sites Division, Friends Group Program, the Friends of the Texas Historical Commission (FTHC) is accepting nominations in three categories for Friends Group awards to honor the volunteer efforts of local Friends Group organizations that support our historic sites.

    Nominations may be received from Historic Sites staff, from Friends Group members, and any member of the public. Self-nominations are also accepted. Nominees must be a board member or volunteer of a Historic Sites Friends Group organization.

    Click here to learn more.


    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 2018

    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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