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    DEADLINE EXTENDED: Preservation Scholars Program Applications Accepted Until April 3, 2020

    The Friends of the Texas Historical Commission's Preservation Scholars Program offers students from underrepresented ethnic and cultural backgrounds, as well as those from non-traditional academic backgrounds, exposure to the field of historic preservation and the wide variety of academic specializations that can be applied to this work. Students accepted into the program are placed within the Texas Historical Commission (THC) for an eight-week, full-time, paid summer internship (June-August). Working with THC staff, Preservation Scholars gain experience in the fields of architecture, archeology, economic development, downtown revitalization, heritage tourism, and more. 

    Learn more and apply!

    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.

    Development Seminars

    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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