Fast Facts

Cemetery Preservation

1,706

Historic Texas Cemetery designations

254

Counties with Historic Texas Cemetery designations

Certified Local Government

1986

The Texas Certified Government Program was established to assist Texas communities.

73

Number of CLG Communities in Texas

$396,994.00

Total Certified Local Government grant awards over last three years

County Historical Commission Outreach

$9

Statewide average value of service returned after investing $1 in a County Historical Commission

CHC

Stands for County Historical Commission

7

Minimum number of County Historical Commission appointees per county

22

Average number of appointees per County Historical Commission

5,200

Number of County Historical Commission appointees in Texas

441,402

Statewide County Historical Commission volunteer hours for 2013

$10,328,807

Monetary value of CHC service for 2013

160

County Historical Commission reports submitted for service year 2013

153

Counties that provide money and/or in-kind services to their County Historical Commission

252

Counties that have at least one County Historical Commission contact in place

Curatorial Facility Certification

2005

Curatorial Facility Program established

14

Curatorial facilities certified in Texas

Curatorial Facility for Artifact Research

35%

Humidity level some archaeological collections must be stored at to prevent damage to the artifacts

1408

Number of artifacts that have been conserved through the Curatorial Facility for Artifact Research since 2009

2011

Year that the Curatorial Facility for Artifact Research opened to receive collections

Historic Resources Survey

$234,028

CLG grant funds awarded from 2010 to 2013 for historic resources surveys

25%

THC’s target survey and inventory increase

Historic Texas Highways

Broadway of America

Nickname for the Bankhead Highway; also know as SH 1, US 80/US 67, IH 10/IH 20/IH 30

1880s

Good Roads Movement got started by bicyclist advocates for better-quality paved roads

Oct. 5, 1899

First motorized horseless carriage arrives in Dallas driven by Edward Green and George Dorris

1902

Auto races held at the State Fair of Texas

10,527

total miles of roadway in Texas in 1914

1930

year that the Texas Highway Department built its first roadside parks to provide places for travelers to stop and relax

3,724

number of miles of new roads constructed by WPA work-relief projects from 1933 to 1941

1917

Texas Department of Transportation was established, then known as State Highway Department

May 2016

Projected completion of the Meridian Highway survey

2,700+

Number of road-related resources documented during Bankhead Highway survey

43

Counties traversed by the Bankhead Highway

Historic Texas Lands Plaque

36

Plaques awarded to Texas landowners through the Historic Texas Lands Plaque program

90%

Of all Texas archeological sites are on private land

Military History

7

Park Days (battlefield clean-up) held at Palmito Ranch Battlefield since 2008

24

Texas in World War II Vignettes dedicated

66

Oral History Training Workshops conducted

5

Texas Civil War Monuments dedicated since 2008

1st in Texas

World War II-era Enemy Alien Internment Camp (Crystal City) listed on the National Register of Historic Places

$1,600

Worth of FREE oral history interview training provided per attendee at an Oral History Workshop

Museum Services

80%

Of collecting institutions in the U.S. do not have paid staff dedicated to collections care

70%

Of collecting institutions in the U.S. need additional training for their staff and volunteers caring for collections

Over 900

Local history museums are in the state of Texas.

Over 4.8 billion

Artifacts in U.S. are held in public trust by museums and other institutions.

1969

Year museum services program established

13.5 million

Historic artifacts in U.S. collecting institutions are at risk

11 counties in Texas

Do not have history museums

153 million

Photographs in U.S. collecting institutions are at risk

19%

of all Texas history museums are in the Texas Independence Trail Region.

2.6 billion

Items in historic, cultural, and scientific collections in the U.S. are not protected by an emergency plan and are at great risk

3 Trail Regions

have at least one history museum in every county.

Texas

Has the largest state museum association in the country

2,200+

Museums in the state of Texas

59%

Of collecting institutions in the U.S. have had their collections damaged by light exposure

53%

Of collecting institutions in the U.S. have had their collections damaged by moisture

26%

Of collecting institutions in the U.S. have no environmental controls to protect their collections

59%

Of institutions in the U.S. have the majority of their collections stored in areas too small to accommodate them appropriately

12 million

The number of students museums provide hands-on experiences to each year

65%

Of collecting institutions in the U.S. have experienced damage to collections due to improper storage

165 million

The number of tourists museums attract annually

78%

Of museums in the U.S. do not have an emergency plan with staff trained to carry it out

$21 billion

The amount museums contribute to the American economy each year

39%

Of collecting institutions in the U.S. have a backlog in cataloging their collections

Preservation Tax Incentives

$1.3 billion

Reinvested in the Texas economy through the federal rehabilitation tax credit program from 1979 to 2012

31,694

Jobs created by the federal rehabilitation tax credit projects in Texas between 1979 and 2011

Over 500

Federal rehabilitation tax credit projects reviewed by Texas Historical Commission staff between 1979 and 2012

300%

Increase in the number of applications for federal tax credits from 2013 to 2014, in anticipation of the new state tax credit in 2015

$880,565,142

Income generated by federal rehabilitation tax credit projects in Texas between 1979 and 2011

Over $140,000

State and local tax revenue generated by activity in the federal rehabilitation tax credit program in Texas between 1979 and 2011

$1.2 billion

Increase in the gross state product from activity in the federal rehabilitation tax credit program in Texas between 1979 and 2011

Project Review

2,166

Archeological sites recorded in 2012

75,835

Archeological sites recorded in Texas, as of November 2013

154

State Antiquities Landmarks on private land

96%

Projects reviewed in 2012 that had no effect or no adverse effect on historic properties, compared with those with an adverse effect

12

Average number of days for Texas Historical Commission staff to complete a project review

15,000

Average number of projects reviewed per year since 2008 by Texas Historical Commission review staff

Regional Archeology

2,166

Archeological sites recorded in 2012

90%

Or more of the archeological sites in Texas are privately owned

75,835

Archeological sites recorded in Texas, as of November 2013

1500 years ago

Bow and arrow was introduced to Texas

13,000 years

Age of Oldest Known Archeological Sites in Texas

State Historical Markers

16,075

Official State Historical Markers in Texas as of Oct. 27, 2014

3,678

Number of buildings, structures and objects designated as Recorded Texas Historic Landmarks (RTHLs) from 1962 to 2012

98%

Recorded Texas Historic Landmarks (RTHLs) saved in 50 years of the program -- only 52 of 3,678 have been lost

1,100

Number of markers, monuments, statues, memorial museums and exposition buildings from the Texas Centennial in 1936

254

Average number of new historical markers each year THC has produced over the last ten years

2,000

Number of people attending "Education in Livingston" historical marker dedication in Polk County in April 2008

8

Most historical markers dedicated simultaneously -- in Thurber (Erath County) in October 1995

242

Number of 1936 Centennial markers in need of restoration

24

Average number of historical marker replacements processed each year

19

Average number of historical marker relocation requests processed each year

Texas Archeological Stewards

246

Archeological sites recorded by avocational archeologists in 2013

1080

Archeological sites recorded by avocational archeologists between 2006 and 2013

18,804

Volunteer hours contributed by Texas Archeological Stewards in 2013

1,425

Landowners, organizations, and other individuals assisted by Texas Archeological Stewards in 2013

8,629

Number of people attending presentations and workshops given by Texas Archeological Stewards in 2013

$440,013

Dollar value of Texas Archeological Stewards volunteer hours worked in 2013

112,157

Volunteer miles driven by Texas Archeological Stewards in 2013

$373,125

Dollar value of Texas Archeological Stewards volunteer hours worked in 2012

108

The number of stewards in the Texas Archeology Stewardship Network

Texas Archeology Month

April 1989

Texas Archeology Awareness Week was first observed and initiated by the Texas Archeological Society

1993

THC took on the task of Texas Archeology Awareness Week coordination

1996

Texas Archeological Awareness Week was expanded to a month-long observance due to growth in popularity

1997

Texas Archeology Month was moved to October to enable educators to incorporate archeology into curriculum early in the school year.

1989

Texas Archeology Awareness Week, the precursor to Texas Archeology Month, was first observed during the month of April.

Texas Courthouse Stewardship

83

Grant-funded Counties Participating in Courthouse Stewardship Program

325

Attendees at 6 Workshops since 2007

Texas Heritage Trails

$1.43 million

Regional cash contributions supporting the Texas Heritage Trails Program

$2.3 million

In-kind contributions supporting the Texas Heritage Trails Program

27,500

Hours contributed by volunteers through the Texas Heritage Trails Program

$652,319

Partnership grants to communities and nonprofits through the Texas Heritage Trails Program

$6.3 billion

2011 Heritage Traveler Spending

53,200

Heritage tourism jobs created in 2011

Texas Historic Courthouse Preservation

More than 240

Historic county courthouses in Texas

63

Counties have received full restoration funding through the Texas Historic Courthouse Preservation Program

10,381

Jobs created through the Texas Historic Courthouse Preservation Program

$288,424,344

Income generated through the Texas Historic Courthouse Preservation Program

$23,601,540

State taxes generated through the Texas Historic Courthouse Preservation Program

Texas Main Street

25

Mineola and Denison celebrate 25 continuous years as a Texas Main Street community in 2014

63

Texas Main Street communities awarded 2014 national recognition for annual progress operating under the national Main Street model.

30 years in 2013

Length of time the City of Lufkin has been a Texas Main Street affiliate

2

2015 incoming Main Street communities: Ennis and Rosenberg

Almost 32,000

Overall number of jobs created in Main Street districts

349

Small businesses created in Texas Main Street districts during Fiscal Year 2014

$2.9 billion

Reinvestment in designated Main Street communities since 1981

89

Designated communities in the Texas Main Street Program with addition of Ennis and Rosenberg for 2015

4 of 5

Of the original communities accepted in 1981 to the Texas Main Street Program that remain designated today

$108.4 million

Reinvestment in Texas Main Street districts during fiscal year 2014

Goliad and Laredo

The smallest (Goliad) and largest (Laredo) designated cities in the Texas Main Street network

116,839

Volunteer hours devoted to local Main Street programs in fiscal year 2014

1,160,189

Number of volunteer hours dedicated to local Main Street programs since 2001

29 and 25 years

Carolyn Howard/Beaumont (29), Beverly Abel/Tyler (25) recognized nationally for Main Street careers

THC State Historic Sites

122,779

Unique visitors to THC Historic Sites websites in FY 2013

85,554

Number of historic artifacts in the Historic Sites collection

1960

Number of Historic Site Division artifacts conserved from FY 2009 to FY 2013

905

Cubic feet of archeological collections maintained by the Historic Sites Division

37

The number of longhorn cattle at Fort Griffin that are part of the Official State of Texas Longhorn Herd

345,080

People who participated in THC Historic Sites programs in FY 2013

16%

The increase in THC Historic Sites visitation from FY 2012 to FY 2013

51%

The increase in THC Historic Sites visitation from FY 2008 to FY 2013

61,984

Number of volunteer hours contributed at THC Historic Sites in FY 2013

147,828

Visits to THC Historic Sites websites in FY 2013

Tribal Consultation Guidelines

3

Federally recognized tribes located in the State of Texas

27

Tribes that have historic ties to Texas