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    Join the Friends of the Texas Historical Commission as we celebrate 25 years of our partnership with the Texas Historical Commission, preserving the "real places and real stories" of Texas' cultural heritage! 

    When: October 14, 2021
    Where: Bullock Texas State History Museum, Austin  Reception, dinner, and live auction!

    SPONSORSHIPS, INDIVIDUAL TICKETS, AND RAFFLE TICKETS available now!

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    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.

    Up next: 

    Developing the "Why" for Your Organization or Program - Three-day Workshop
    Dates: July 20, 21 & 22, 2:30-3:30 PM Central Time

    Does Your Board Reflect Your Story and Audience? 
    Date: August 25, 10:00-11:00 AM Central Time

    Development How-To: Three-day Workshop on Building realistic development budgets from your prospect lists; Making the ask; and Donor stewardship
    Dates: September 20, 21 & 22, 2:00-3:00 PM Central Time

    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, AUGUST 19, 6:00PM Central Time:   A Virtual Tour of Texas Barbecue History
    Platform: Zoom (Registrants will receive the link to the event via email closer to event date)
    Cost: Free
    Join us for a virtual talk on Texas barbecue history with Texas Monthly barbecue editor Daniel Vaughn. Vaughn is the author of The Prophets of Smoked Meat: A Journey Through Texas Barbecue, and the coauthor of Whole Hog BBQ: The Gospel of Carolina Barbecue. He has traveled the world sampling smoked meats at over 1,800 barbecue joints, most of which are in Texas.

    THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 23, 6:00PM Central Time:   Marine Archeology in Texas
    Platform: Zoom (Registrants will receive the link to the event via email closer to event date)
    Cost: Free
    Event details coming soon.

    SATURDAY, OCTOBER 2, 2:00PM Central Time:  You Say Prah-LEENS, We Say PRAY-leens - The Texas Praline Tradition
    Platform: Zoom (Registrants will receive the link to the event via email closer to event date)
    Cost: Free
    Pecan pralines are a beloved element of the Creole cuisine of New Orleans, and their culinary ancestors traveled a long journey from medieval Persia through Europe to French Louisiana in the New World. In this presentation, we'll explore the origins and paths of Texas pralines and the connections to their culinary cousins in Louisiana and Mexico.

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


    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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