Preserving the real places and the real stories of Texas.


When you create an endowment, you can honor someone important to you while providing permanent support to historic preservation projects across the state of Texas. The money is invested, and each year a distribution is made from the endowment to support the program or area of your choice.

In addition to named endowments that benefit designated programs, the Friends of the Texas Historical Commission established the Texas Heroes Endowment where many gifts of many sizes comprise the corpus.

The Friends has a variety of endowments to serve the needs of the Texas Historical Commission:

Texas Heroes Endowment

Contributions from many donors in memory of early Texans who settled this great land comprise the corpus. Distributions support unique opportunities, new discoveries, strategic initiatives, and critical needs at the Texas Historical Commission.

Historical Marker and Monument Restoration and Maintenance Fund

The endowment provides funds to restore and provide long term maintenance of official Texas historical markers and monuments.

Military History Endowment

This endowment provides permanent funding to identify, research, preserve and protect military history sites and related stories of Texans who served with distinction. The program currently works with WWII and the Civil War and is looking to expand their work in WWI and Cold War sites.

Preservation Internship Endowment

Funds distributed from the endowment are used to support undergraduate and graduate students participating in structured internships, independent research, and/or field experiences at the Texas Historical Commission, and administrative and marketing expenses associated with the program.

The Bob and Kathleen Gilmore Fund for Spanish and French Colonial Archeology

Created by Dr. Kathleen Kirk Gilmore, the endowment funds Spanish and French Colonial archival and archeological research projects. Learn more about Dr. Kathleen Gilmore