Spirit of Texas Program

A History as Vast as It Is Rich

From the long heritage of Native American, the adventures of the first Anglos, and the perseverance of enslaved African Americans to the settlers of Freedom Colonies, the cultural impact of Mexicans, and the history of Japanese immigrants during World War II, much contributes to culture today.

Keeping the Spirit Alive

Each new layer of history enriches our heritage, but as generations become further removed, they require a more nuanced telling. Our goal is to ensure that our history is preserved over time so that future generations of Texans can find their place in history. Only through understanding and preserving our shared past can we fully appreciate the world we live in today and shape the one our children will live in tomorrow.

We Appreciate Gifts of All Levels

By joining us as a Spirit of Texas member, you allow us to continue our work as a critical partner to the state’s historic preservation agency, the Texas Historical Commission, as we ensure the real stories and real places of Texas are protected for generations to come.

We recognize donations of all levels and are happy to offer a variety of thank you gifts for your membership.

Explore the benefits of each membership tier below.

Donate to Spirit of Texas

The Spirit of Texas Leadership Circle: $1,000–$5,000

  • Invitation to our annual donor reception
  • Host a private event in the historic Gethsemane Church (gifts of $2,500+)
  • Private guided tour of a THC state historic site of choice
  • Books authored and signed by THC staff historians or a special gift
  • Two tickets to the Real Places Conference in Austin
  • Spirit of Texas tote bag
  • Free access to state historic sites and 10% off merchandise
  • Bumper sticker
  • Annual donor report
  • Quarterly newsletter
Join the Leadership Circle

The Spirit of Texas Student Circle: $25

  • Invitation to our annual donor reception
  • Free access to state historic sites and 10% off merchandise
  • Bumper sticker
  • Annual donor report
  • Quarterly newsletter
Join Student Circle