Texas Historical Commission

The Texas Historical Commission (THC) is the state agency for historic preservation. We save the real places that tell the real stories of Texas. Our staff consults with citizens and organizations to preserve Texas’ architectural, archeological, and cultural landmarks. The agency is recognized nationally for its preservation programs.

Our Mission
To protect and preserve the state’s historic and prehistoric resources for the use, education, enjoyment, and economic benefit of present and future generations.

Our Philosophy
Our business is to preserve and leverage Texas’ diverse history for the social and economic benefit of its citizens. We are committed to:

Preservation Connection: Texas’ Statewide Historic Preservation Plan

phone

512-463-6100

website

www.thc.state.tx.us

upcoming events

June 28, 2017 | 8:30 a.m.

Workshop: So What? Connecting Visitors to Meaning through Interpretive Exhibits

Time: Registration at 8:30 a.m., workshop 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Instructor: Erin McClelland, Erin McClelland Museum Services Cost: $25 (includes lunch) This one-day workshop focuses on ways you can make your exhibits more meaningful to your visitors through interpretation. We will examine the place of interpretation in exhibits and practice proven techniques of interpretive writing. Discussion and group activities will teach participants how to create relevance for visitors, develop memorable exhibit themes, and create hierarchies to engage visitors of all interest levels. This workshop is part of the WWI Centennial Series, and while examples from WWI are utilized, the information presented is applicable to everyone.

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July 12, 2017 | 10 a.m.

Webinar: Caring for Books and Paper

Books and paper are some of the most common artifacts found in museums. Join us to discuss mechanisms of deterioration for paper objects and how to house and handle them safely. Instructor: Rebecca Elder, Rebecca Elder Cultural Heritage Preservation Cost: Free

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July 25, 2017 | 9 a.m.

Workshop: Know Your Own Bone … and Your Audience

Dates and locations: July 25 in Fredericksburg, Texas; July 27 in Irving, Texas Time: Registration begins at 9 a.m.; workshop 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Instructor: Colleen Dilenschneider Cost: $40 (includes lunch) Registration Declining attendance? Need for growth to balance your business model? Is your organization experiencing decreasing - or even stable - visitation? If so, it’s time to update operations and find new ways to “connect with a more connected world.” The number of people who profile as traditional visitors to museums is decreasing in the United States, and museum attendance is not keeping pace with population growth. This means that organizations experiencing anything less than a steady increase in attendance are in a state of urgent visitation decline. It’s an industry-wide problem, and it is time for individual organizations to turn their ships around. Colleen Dilenschneider is the Chief Market Engagement Officer at IMPACTS Research and author of the popular website, Know Your Own Bone. In this workshop, Colleen will discuss the visitation decision-making and engagement process, and cover the most critical, trends informing the evolution of museum operations in four, key areas: Access, marketing, visitor experiences, and development. The trends discussed will challenge organizations to carefully consider traditional best practices, and provide room for exploring not only how your organization may evolve to satisfy future audiences, but also what it can do to increase visitation and engagement right now. This workshop is equally suitable for both large and small organizations. You will leave this workshop with a better understanding of market trends and audience expectations and have actionable strategies that workshop attendees can put into play or begin thinking about within their organizations to adapt to these trends.

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July 26, 2017 | 8:30 a.m.

Workshop: Telling a Story in Three Dimensions: Exhibit Design and Development

Date: July 26, 2017 Time: Registration at 8:30 a.m., workshop 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Instructor: Erin McClelland, Erin McClelland Museum Services Location: Bullock Texas State History Museum, Austin Cost: $25 (includes lunch) Registration Creating an exhibition is about more than just pairing objects with labels and hanging a few panels on the wall. Good exhibits take visitors on a journey through history, educating and inspiring them along the way. This involves space planning, selecting appropriate materials and lighting, and an understanding of design principles. This workshop will teach the basics of the design process, from initial concept to installation. Come prepared for a day of hands-on, creative work that will leave you well-prepared to plan your next exhibition. The last day for registration and refunds is July 23.

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July 27, 2017 | 9 a.m.

Workshop: Know Your Own Bone … and Your Audience

Dates and locations: July 25 in Fredericksburg, Texas; July 27 in Irving, Texas Time: Registration begins at 9 a.m.; workshop 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Instructor: Colleen Dilenschneider Cost: $40 (includes lunch) Registration Declining attendance? Need for growth to balance your business model? Is your organization experiencing decreasing - or even stable - visitation? If so, it’s time to update operations and find new ways to “connect with a more connected world.” The number of people who profile as traditional visitors to museums is decreasing in the United States, and museum attendance is not keeping pace with population growth. This means that organizations experiencing anything less than a steady increase in attendance are in a state of urgent visitation decline. It’s an industry-wide problem, and it is time for individual organizations to turn their ships around. Colleen Dilenschneider is the Chief Market Engagement Officer at IMPACTS Research and author of the popular website, Know Your Own Bone. In this workshop, Colleen will discuss the visitation decision-making and engagement process, and cover the most critical, trends informing the evolution of museum operations in four, key areas: Access, marketing, visitor experiences, and development. The trends discussed will challenge organizations to carefully consider traditional best practices, and provide room for exploring not only how your organization may evolve to satisfy future audiences, but also what it can do to increase visitation and engagement right now. This workshop is equally suitable for both large and small organizations. You will leave this workshop with a better understanding of market trends and audience expectations and have actionable strategies that workshop attendees can put into play or begin thinking about within their organizations to adapt to these trends.

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