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March 2017

Join the Chisholm Trail 150th Anniversary Celebration

Chisholm Trail banner Celebrate the Chisholm Trail’s sesquicentennial with the THC and the Chisholm Trail Heritage Museum on the southwest lawn of the State Capitol at high noon on Monday, March 27. There will be live music, giveaways, entertainers, living historians, and more. We’ll also be using the occasion to launch our latest mobile app tour, “The Chisholm Trail: Exploring the Folklore and Legacy." Courtesy of LOC.
A vandalized Texas Historical Marker in Llano County.

Help Confront Marker Mayhem

Texas historical markers play an important role in preserving Texas’ epic history. Unfortunately, these important icons are vulnerable to graffiti, vandals, and theft. Recently a number of markers in the Texas Hill Country were defaced by vandals. Some centennial markers may be permanently damaged.

If you see that a marker has been vandalized or stolen, please report the incident to local law enforcement. You can also send information and photos to us at

THC staff can determine the best way to restore the damaged marker, but the restoration of centennial markers can be expensive and complex. The Friends of the Texas Historical Commission is raising money to fund the cost of these restorations.

See What’s New at Our State Historic Sites

Historic Heights coverFrom restored classic cars to newly complete visitors centers, the THC’s 21 historic sites are continually finding new ways to honor and showcase Texas’ history. Get updates about the exciting new collections, exhibits, and living history programs across the THC’s state historic sites by reading the 2017 edition of Historic Heights.

Texas History is Everywhere: Don’t Miss Out

TexasTimeTravel point-to-point searchNo matter how much you drive through Texas, chances are you often come near an important part of Texas history without knowing it. With the newly improved Point-to-Point Search tool on our heritage travel site,, you can find historical points of interest throughout any trip in the state. Simply enter the cities or specific addresses for your trip and a map will load with all the historical or cultural destinations on the route.

Get the TSHA 2016-17 Texas Almanac eBook

Texas Almanac 2016-2017 CoverWith dynamic articles and a plethora of full-color photographs, maps, and data, the Texas Almanac covers something for every Texan. The guide includes a history of Lone Star cuisine, an overview of professional and college sports in Texas, over 250 state and county maps, and much more.

Video: Casa Navarro Designated a National Historic Landmark

Video of Casa Navarro's designation as a National Historic Landmark

Our Casa Navarro State Historic Site in San Antonio was recently honored with a National Historic Landmark designation. See how we celebrated this prestigious designation and the 222nd birthday of the site's namesake, José Antonio Navarro.

Featured Events

Texas State Capitol, Austin

1100 Congress Ave.
April 6
Roughly 9:30–11 a.m.

In recognition of the 100th anniversary of the U.S. entrance into World War I, the THC will commemorate the role Texas played in the Great War. The 36th Infantry Division Band will perform and living historians in historical attire will give visitors a sense of the turbulent times of 1917. For additional information, email us at

National Museum of the Pacific War, Fredericksburg

340 E. Main St.
April 8 and 9
10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m.

In this educational experience, the National Museum of the Pacific War immerses you in the sensations of battle. Hear the rattle of machine gun fire, the echoing blast of grenades, and the bustling engines of military vehicles in a reenactment of how the U.S. Army and Marines fought the Imperial Japanese Army in WWII.

Landmark Inn State Historic Site, Castroville
402 Florence St.
April 29
10 a.m.–2 p.m.

The Landmark Inn’s new permanent exhibit allows you to discover how the site transformed from a small roadside tavern into a prominent hotel, store, and industrial complex. Visit the exhibit's grand opening to explore many of the artifacts excavated onsite, and learn how one woman’s vision helped restore the aging site and give it new life.
Find more THC events on our calendar.

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