Preserving the real places and the real stories of Texas.

Why Attend Real Places 2019?

Real Places 2019 is where ideas and inspiration for preserving Texas history are born. Anyone interested in protecting our past can work directly with industry-leading experts to learn practical, actionable solutions they can apply back home.

Real Places 2019 is not only a place for keeping up with preservation trends, but also for being an active player in their creation. To get a better idea of what's in store for the conference, watch the above video, read our recaps of Real Places 2018 and 2016, and view or download presentations from the 2018 conference.

What others say

  • 93 percent of attendees rated the 2018 conference positively, with nearly 60 percent rating it excellent.
  • 94 percent of attendees felt the 2018 conference was a good economic value.

Community. Honesty. Open dialogue. Examples of what is working and what is not. And WHY.

– Robin Grace Soto, Flower Hill Foundation

I learned a lot about the beneficial economic and cultural impacts of preservation, and found out about helpful resources for education and preservation.

– Peggy Crabtree, Waxahachie Heritage Preservation Commission

I was most impressed with the accessibility of the THC staff and presenters. They are true teachers, encouraging us to learn more in order to do our jobs better.

– Lynn Young, Milam County Historical Commission

Convince your organization or company

If you're at all interested in protecting our state's great history, it's a no-brainer that you should be sent to Real Places 2019.

Become educated on top-level trends, best practices, and hands-on techniques in sessions designed to ensure that your preservation efforts excel.

Elevate your Community's Preservation Efforts

  • Learn from educational sessions presented by experts from Texas and out-of-state covering heritage travel, visitor experiences, building maintenance, and conservation
  • Improve the fundraising for your organization’s preservation efforts
  • Get your hands dirty learning how to clean and repair masonry
  • Take advantage of the historic building maintenance and materials conservation expertise of the Texas Courthouse Stewardship Workshop—even if your building isn’t a courthouse
  • Celebrate Texas’ most successful preservationists and communities at the THC Awards Banquet
  • Improve the hospitality efforts and visitor experience for your community, historic site, or museum
  • Make your organization and efforts more inclusive and representative of the state and your community
  • Make better and more informed preservation decisions
  • Leverage the state and federal tax credits to cover up to 45 percent of your building’s rehabilitation costs
  • Refine both the economic and emotional arguments for historic preservation

Make Valuable Connections for your Community

  • Build relationships with your peers from nearby and across the state, including fellow County Historical Commission members, city preservation officers and landmark commissioners, facilities managers, museum and historic site managers, local Friends and affiliates groups, downtown revitalization professionals, architects, historians, and archeologists.
  • Grab the opportunity to meet and talk with nearly 100 Texas Historical Commission staff members from dozens of programs and disciplines all in one place
  • Learn how TxDOT isn’t all about roads and may be able to help your preservation efforts
  • Connect with colleagues in your region facing similar challenges, and network with people involved with your Texas Heritage Trail Region
  • Learn what it takes to become a Texas Main Street city or Certified Local Government, get your community on, or become part of the Texas Historic Courthouse Preservation Program

stay efficient and productive

  • Connect to the office with Wi-Fi and built-in breaks
  • Meals are included with full registration to reduce your out-of-pocket costs and maximize the learning opportunities
  • Virtually all sessions take place at the host hotel, the Sheraton Austin Hotel at the Capitol, conveniently located at 701 East 11­th Street in Austin