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When you shop, you preserve Texas history. So, shop away! The Friends of the Texas Historical Commission has partnered with various organizations and businesses to make it easy for you to support preservation in Texas. Choose from several different options from buying groceries, to ordering a book or shopping for a birthday present. When you shop using the options below, a portion of your purchase will go to the Friends of the Texas Historical Commission. So, shop away and help preserve Texas history!


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The Friends has partnered with iGive where you can shop the stores you know and love - more than1400! Select the Friends of the Texas Historical Commission as your cause of choice and a percentage of what you spend is donated to the Friends. Access the iGive website, iPad/Android apps, or the iGive button.





Join the Randall's Good Neighbor Program, and the company will donate 1% of sales made by shoppers who have linked their Randall's card to the Friends. You can add the Friends code -13177- to your existing card or sign up for a new Randall's card today!





Texas Historical Commission Publications

On a frigid, stormy day in February of 1686, a small French sailing ship lost control and ran aground in Matagorda Bay. Pounded in the Texas bay by gale-force winds and storm surges, La Belle slipped beneath the water and sank to the bottom, where she would remain for centuries. More than 300 years later, Texas Historical Commission archeologists discovered La Belle's resting place. Using cutting-edge technology and scientific innovation, investigators excavated the shipwreck and salvaged from its watery grave more than a million artifacts, including bronze guns, muskets, trade beads, axes, rings, bells, dishes, medicines - everything a New World colony needed for survival. Authors James E. Bruseth and Toni S. Turner use vivid photographs and engaging descriptions to share the excitement of discovery as they piece together both the ship and its tragic story. For those interested in history, archeology, or the quest for clues to the past, "From a Watery Grave" tells a riveting tale of nautical adventure in the seventeenth century and reveals modern scientific archeology at its best. Order from Amazon or Texas A&M University Press.


In 1874, U.S. forces led by Col. Ranald S. Mackenzie carried out a surprise attack on several Cheyenne, Comanche, and Kiowa bands that had taken refuge in the Palo Duro Canyon of the Texas panhandle and destroyed their winter stores and horses. After this devastating loss, many of these Indians returned to their reservations and effectively brought to a close what has come to be known as the Red River War, a campaign carried out by the U.S. Army during 1874 as a result of Indian attacks on white settlers in the region. After this operation, the Southern Plains Indians would never again pose a coherent threat to whites’ expansion and settlement across their ancestral homelands. Order from Amazon or Texas A&M University Press.