Projects and Programs

The Texas Historical Commission offers a wide range of programs that help preserve the past for future generations of Texans, stimulate economic development across the state, and educate students and professionals alike about historic preservation. See our highlighted programs below for more detail.

  • Historic cemeteries across Texas are threatened by development, uncontrolled vegetation, vandalism, and theft.

  • A local, state, and federal partnership designed to help cities and counties develop high standards of preservation.

  • THC approved a new program in 2007 to provide an elevated level of service to County Historical Commissions (CHC).

  • Ensures that facilities meet current museum standards pertinent to the care and management of held-in-trust collections.

  • Responsible for the care, storage, and conservation of historic and prehistoric materials held by the THC.

  • Honoring communities demonstrating creativity and ingenuity in preserving their authentic Texas sense of place.

  • Supporting and promoting Texas places and activities that authentically represent the past and present.

  • Architectural and archeological surveys identify significant properties in neighborhoods, communities, and entire counties.

  • We identify, designate, interpret, and market historic roads and highways in Texas.

  • For decades, Texas landowners have worked with the THC to preserve important sites throughout the state.

  • Protecting, preserving, and investigating historic shipwrecks in all state-owned waters of Texas.

  • Texas has a unique military history. THC supports efforts to preserve historically important military sites.

  • Enabling small history museums to better carry out their missions by helping them to meet professional standards.

  • A federal program recognizing a property's historical or architectural significance, administered in Texas by the THC.

  • Historic photo of Dallas Post Ofice

    Tax incentives for historic properties include rehabilitation tax credits and sales and property tax exemptions.

  • Federal and state laws protect significant historic buildings and archeological sites from damage due to construction.

  • The State Archeologist oversees several Texas archeology programs.

  • Cultural resources on non-federal public lands in Texas are eligible to be designated as State Antiquities Landmarks.

  • Commemorating diverse topics that tell the story of Texas

  • Avocational archeologists work as volunteers to preserve and interpret the vast archeological landscape of Texas.

  • Each October, Texas Archeology Month (TAM) celebrates the spirit of discovery.

  • Working with local partners to make significant financial investments to restore valuable historic Texas courthouses.

  • The Texas Heritage Trails Program is the THC's award-winning heritage tourism initiative.

  • Hopkins County Courthouse

    Restoring the state's most treasured historic landmarks.

  • A revitalization effort for historic downtowns.

  • The TPTF Grant Program is your opportunity to save and protect Texas’ threatened historic resources.

  • The Statewide Plan is a 10 year blueprint for Texans to preserve, protect and leverage their historic resources.

  • Recognizing Texas businesses that have provided employment and support to the state’s economy for at least 50 years.

  • Recognizing worthy accomplishments and exemplary leadership in the preservation of Texas’ heritage.

  • The Historic Sites Division is responsible for overseeing the agency’s 20 historic properties located throughout the state.