Preserving the real places and the real stories of Texas.
  • Fort Griffin State Historic SiteFort Griffin State Historic Site
  • Varner Hogg State Historic Site public programVarner Hogg State Historic Site public program
  • Casa Navarro State Historic Site reopening after restorationCasa Navarro State Historic Site reopening after restoration
  • Sam Bell Maxey House Museum ribbon cutting after restorationSam Bell Maxey House Museum ribbon cutting after restoration
  • Fulton Mansion State Historic SiteFulton Mansion State Historic Site

Historic Sites Guidebook Development Initiative

The Historic Sites Division of the Texas Historical Commission seeks funding for the publication of historic site guidebooks for several of the 20 historic properties it manages. These full-color soft-bound books would follow the format of the very successful and award-winning Fulton Mansion guidebook published by the agency in early 2012. Each 6” x 9” book of approximately 10,000 words would present historic background information about the real stories of the sites, their development, and the people who lived and worked at them. The books will contain historic photographs important to each site and contemporary color images of the structures and current interpretation. In addition to being available for public sale at each site copies of the books will be distributed free to libraries, schools, and institutions of higher education in the regions appropriate to each site. The material developed for these books will also be used to create educational resources for teachers and students to be made available on-line.

The list of important State Historic Sites for which book funding is currently being sought includes:

  • Starr Family Home in Marshall, Texas
  • Magoffin Home in El Paso, Texas
  • Varner-Hogg Plantation in West Columbia, Texas
  • Caddo Mounds, in Alto, Texas
  • West Texas frontier fort sites- Fort Griffin, Fort McKavett, and Fort Lancaster


As stand-alone publications the projected budget required to produce each is book is approximately $25,000, which includes $10,000 for research, writing, photography and image acquisition, and $15,000 for editing, layout, printing, and distribution of 2,000 copies of each book.