The Texas Historical Commission (THC) recognizes that County Historical Commissions (CHC) play a vital role in our efforts to save the real places that tell the real stories of Texas. The CHC Outreach Program creates opportunities for CHCs to build the capacity of their organizations. This program has been serving Texas counties since April 2008 by providing services that accomplish the following for CHCs.
- Empower CHC appointees to be local preservation leaders
- Promote ways that CHCs help citizens and tourists learn about and experience history through place
- Connect CHCs to preservation organizations and other potential partners
- Cultivate political commitment for history- and preservation-related activities
Minimum number of County Historical Commission appointees per county
Improve CHC Reporting
See how high-performing CHCs use annual reports to document accomplishments.
Photo features Ona Lea Pierce (right), Matagorda CHC chair, as she presents Matagorda County for Kids educational material to Laura Shay, Matagorda ISD Superintendent. Learn from CHCs, like Matagorda, that exceed expectations.
2015 Story of Texas Workshop
Participate in this annual workshop at the Bullock Museum.
Workshop details here.
Above image shows 2014 workshop attendees as they discuss triumphs and challenges over lunch. This annual program enables individuals to meet other preservationists, while learning more about regional and statewide partner organizations.
CHCs are Positive and Proactive Organizations
CHCs are made up of non-paid, county-appointed individuals. They are preservation leaders for their county and a primary point of contact for the Texas Historical Commission when discussing local preservation matters.
CHC appointees continue to serve year after year because they are passionate volunteers who take pride in their heritage. The most productive CHCs initiate positive preservation activities that engage their county and their region.
It is important to keep in mind that CHCs vary in size and workload, which affects the number and type of projects pursued by each CHC. The capacity of a CHC depends on the amount of monetary and in-kind support, input of county officials, appointee skillsets, and appointee interests. Seasoned CHC appointees are a valuable reference resources for county history and wonderful partners for area organizations.
Photo courtesy of the Van Zandt CHC.
More about CHC Outreach here.