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    We hope you will join us for the Texas Historical Commission's sixth annual Real Places Conference!

    Presented by the Friends of the Texas Historical Commission in partnership with Phoenix I Restoration and Construction, Ltd., the conference provides opportunities to learn from and network with professional staff, volunteers, and supporters of historic preservation and heritage tourism. This includes county historical commissions, Main Street managers and board members, historic preservation officers and design review boards, architects and engineers, historians, archeologists, curators, interpreters, managers of museums and historic sites, as well as Texas Historical Commission staff, Texas Heritage Trail Regions, and other partner agencies.

    Upcoming Development Trainings

    The Friends of the Texas Historical Commission leads development workshops and one-hour webinars geared towards volunteer leadership (board members and advisors) and staff from nonprofit organizations interested in learning more about securing philanthropic support for their organization.

    Grant Writing 3-Day Workshop
    December 7, 8, & 9, 2:00-3:00 p.m. (one hour per day)
    Platform: Zoom

    This workshop is designed to help staff, board members, or volunteers with organizations of any size in developing a strong grant proposal. Learn more and register!

    Friends of the Texas Historical Commission 25th Anniversary Celebration Events 

    We will be celebrating the Friends of the Texas Historical Commission's 25th anniversary throughout 2021 with a series of virtual and (potentially) in-person events, featuring food history discussions and demonstrations in partnership with state hiistoric sites, as well as some one-on-one time with authors and historians that we have the privilege of working with. We hope you will be able to join us for these events and help us celebrate 25 years of partnership with the Texas Historical Commission. 

    Upcoming Virtual Events:

    Thursday, December 2, 6:00 p.m. CST:
    Preserving the Centerpieces of Texas' Historic Downtowns: The Texas Historic Courthouse Preservation Program

    Platform: Zoom (Registrants will receive the link to the event via email closer to event date)
    Cost: Free 

    Please CLICK HERE for more information or to register.  The events are free, but registration is required.

    EVENT UPDATE: It is with disappointment that we have decided to postpone Une Belle Soiree: Celebrating A Voyage Through History due to the uncertainty of the Delta variant. We feel it is important to hold this celebratory event in person and have rescheduled for April 6, 2022!

    Please join us as the Friends of the Texas Historical Commission celebrates 25 years of our partnership with the Texas Historical Commission, preserving the "real places and real stories" of Texas' cultural heritage.

    Save the new Date!
    : April 6, 2022
    Where: Bullock Texas State History Museum, Austin  Reception, dinner, and live auction!


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    Villa de Austin Recovery Campaign

    On Friday, April 9th, 2021, the newly constructed "courthouse" building, part of the Villa de Austin exhibit at the San Felipe de Austin State Historic Site, was destroyed in a fire. The Texas Historical Commission and the Friends of the THC are comitted to rebuilding this intergral part of the Villa de Austin exhibit over the next few months. Many of you have reached out to us offering your support in this effort. Please join us in rebuilding this exhibit by making a contribution to the Villa de Austin Fire Recovery Campaign. 100% of your contributions will support the rebuilding and refurnishing of the courtohuse building. 

    Support recovery efforts here.


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