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

May 17, 2017 | 10 a.m.

Free Webinar: Don’t Panic: Responding to Your Emergency

Sudden emergencies can affect any collection. This free webinar, led by Rebecca Elder of Rebecca Elder Cultural Heritage Preservation, examines the emergency response and salvage process and discuss resources that are available to help you when the worst happens so that you can recover. This webinar is free but you must register.

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May 24, 2017 | 9 a.m.

Free Workshop: Learn to See Clearly: Removing Blind Spots from Organizational Behaviors

Time: Registration begins at 9 a.m., workshop 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Instructor: Chris Taylor, Chief Inclusion Officer, Minnesota Historical Society Cost: Free Increasing diversity within audience and staff is crucial to the sustainability of all arts and cultural institutions. The decision to be more inclusive often requires fundamental changes in organizational policies and procedures. Examining organizational culture for systemic bias helps remove barriers to creating inclusive workplaces that value diverse perspectives from everyone. This workshop focuses on understanding the relationship between organizational culture and unconscious bias and how this relationship can derail inclusion efforts within institutions. Participants will gain a deeper understanding of organizational culture and how blind spots have become embedded in our behaviors, practices and organizational policies. Participants will have time to examine bias within their own institutions and learn ways to move unconscious bias to conscious bias in an effort to mitigate effects on inclusion efforts. This is a hands-on, participatory learning opportunity. Participants are encouraged, but not required, to bring current organizational policies with them to the workshop to examine during afternoon group discussions. This workshop is limited to 40 people and two people from each organization is highly recommended.

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June 6, 2017 | 9 a.m.

Workshop: Advocacy is not a Dirty Word (and it’s not THAT Scary Either…)

Time: Registration 9 a.m., Workshop 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Instructor: Bob Beatty, The Lyndhurst Group, Inc. Cost: $35 (includes lunch) Ultimately, a museum’s value is measured in its importance to its community, is it not? Often stakeholders know about that impact through advocating for the institution. In its purest form, advocacy is simply “the act or process of supporting a cause.” In our case, that cause is our museums and their impact on the public. Advocacy is part of our job description of a museum professional and is a year-round activity that extends beyond the corridors of power and includes your stakeholders throughout the community including friends, neighbors, donors, and members. In this workshop, learn advocacy incrementally, from the basics of advocacy and the differences between advocacy and lobbying, to intermediate steps such as engaging diverse stakeholders, to creating a plan to articulate message.

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June 8, 2017 | 9 a.m.

Workshop: Advocacy is not a Dirty Word (and it’s not THAT Scary Either…)

Time: Registration 9 a.m., Workshop 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Instructor: Bob Beatty, The Lyndhurst Group, Inc. Cost: $35 (includes lunch) Ultimately, a museum’s value is measured in its importance to its community, is it not? Often stakeholders know about that impact through advocating for the institution. In its purest form, advocacy is simply “the act or process of supporting a cause.” In our case, that cause is our museums and their impact on the public. Advocacy is part of our job description of a museum professional and is a year-round activity that extends beyond the corridors of power and includes your stakeholders throughout the community including friends, neighbors, donors, and members. In this workshop, learn advocacy incrementally, from the basics of advocacy and the differences between advocacy and lobbying, to intermediate steps such as engaging diverse stakeholders, to creating a plan to articulate message.

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June 14, 2017 | 10 a.m.

Free Webinar: Critters and Slime: Dealing with Biological Agents of Deterioration

Insects, rodents and mold are all sources of quick and catastrophic damage to museum collections. In this webinar, Rebecca Elder of Rebecca Elder Cultural Heritage Preservation along with the webinar participants, explore how to prevent pest infestations and what to do when, despite the best prevention efforts, your collections are invaded. This webinar is free but you must register in advance.

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June 15, 2017 | 1:30 p.m.

Webinar: Grappling with Difficult and Undertold Stories in Exhibits

Stories of heroism and victory often take center stage when interpreting war, but sometimes telling the whole story means presenting stories of loss and tragedy as well. In this webinar, we'll discuss techniques for presenting difficult stories and explore examples of how organizations around the world are presenting perspectives that often go overlooked. This webinar is part of the WWI Centennial Series, and while examples from WWI are utilized, the information presented is applicable to everyone. Instructor: Erin McClelland, Erin McClelland Museum and History Services Cost: Free

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June 22, 2017 | 1:30 p.m.

Webinar: Selecting Strong Visuals for Exhibits

Choosing the right look for your exhibit can make the difference between leaving a lasting impression on your audience and missing the mark entirely. In this webinar, we'll review how to select the best types of visuals for your exhibit, what makes a compelling photograph, which fonts to use (and which to avoid), and other principles for putting together visually appealing exhibits. This webinar is part of the WWI Centennial Series, and while examples from WWI are utilized, the information presented is applicable to everyone. Instructor: Erin McClelland, Erin McClelland Museum and History Services Cost: Free

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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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