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    Preservation Scholars Program - 2021 Update!

    Virtual Info Sessions for Summer 2021 Internship Applications

    The Preservation Scholars Program is administered by the Friends of the Texas historical Commission, and is offered in partnership with the Texas Historical Commission (THC). The Program places undergraduate and graduate students that identify as part of an underrepresented ethnic and/or cultural group in a ten-week paid sumer internship with the THC.

    To learn more about the internship program and the application process, register for one of the three following virtual informant and Q&A sessions:

    November 19th, 4-5 PM CST | REGISTER
    December 21st, 2-3 PM CST | REGISTER
    January 28th, 5-6 PM CST | REGISTER

    The virtual info sessions will provide details about the types of projects interns will have an opportunity to work on, the networking opportunities available, and the broad learning opportunities students can expect. The Preservation Scholars Program has a very competitive application process and is open to students with varied and non-traditional academic backgrounds. We encourage all interested applicants to register for one of the three info sessions to learn more about the application process and eligibility requirements. Please note that the application process for the Class of 2021 will open on December 15th.


    Part-time Paid Social Media Internship Available

    The Friends of the Texas Historical Commission seeks a motivated candidate interested in gaining nonprofit communications and social media experience. The intern will support the FTHC staff in developing and implementing outreach and promotional campaigns to promote the organization’s work and partnership with the Texas Historical Commission. 

    Learn more and apply here!


    Development Training

    The Friends of the Texas Historical Commission (FTHC) coordinates development seminars and webinars 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 trainings are suited for large and small organizations from any discipline with limited development staff, and highlight 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.

    Upcoming Trainings:

    DEVELOPMENT TRAINING SERIES: Elements of Successful Philanthropy
    Building a Comprehensive and Sustainable Development Program for your Organization

    Date: The four-part series will be held November 12, 13, 19, 20
    Virtual Platform: Zoom
    REGISTER HERE (Registration available for full or individual sessions)

    Learn more!


    Special Projects

    The FTHC is currently supporting several special projects of the Texas Historical Commission. Learn more about these projects and how to get involved under our Special Projects page!


    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.


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