Preserving the real places and the real stories of Texas.

Real Places 2019: Curating A Lone Star State Of Mind

Present And Future Directions In The Thc’s Curatorial Facilities Certification Program

Pre-conference Workshop

Day/Time: Wednesday, January 16, 9 a.m.–3 p.m.
Location: Bonnell Room, 4th Floor
Speakers: Bradford M. Jones, Texas Historical Commission

Registration Information
$45 with conference registration
$45 for the workshop only
Lunch included
Limited to 20 attendees; restricted to Curatorial Facilities Certification Program participants

Bradford Jones, coordinator of the Texas Historical Commission’s (THC) Curatorial Facilities Certification Program (CFCP), will discuss present and future directions in the curation of state held-in-trust collections. The workshop will be organized into three sections focusing on: current state laws and rules pertaining to the curation of permitted archeological collections and how those can potentially impact facilities; current THC initiatives to improve how CFCP facilities submit collections data and annual reports, as well as plans to better integrate collections data to make it more publicly accessible; and an overview of new technologies and strategies for curating archeological collections. Participants will have ample time to engage in open discussion and share individual success stories, problems, ideas, and concerns.


Bradford M. Jones has been an archeologist for eight years in the THC’s Archeology Division, and has more than 20 years of experience in the archeology and history of Texas, Ecuador, and Peru. In his current role, he manages archeological collections and oversees the Curatorial Facility Certification Program, certifying curatorial facilities and museums in Texas to house the thousands of archeological collections collected from state land. Jones is also an editor and author of the Belle shipwreck technical volume and is currently working on the analysis and publication of the THC’s excavation of the site of La Salle’s Fort St. Louis and the 1720s location of the Spanish Presidio La Bahía.