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March 2016

Collage of sites in Marshall, Texas

Don't Wait—Celebrate!

Today is the last day to enter our Celebrate Main Street Sweepstakes for your chance to win a trip for two to Marshall! Our Texas Main Street Program turns 35 this year, and we’re celebrating by offering one lucky winner the chance to experience the best of Main Street. During March, enter to win a weekend getaway to Marshall, a jewel of the Texas Forest Trail Region and a Main Street city for 16 years. Enter the contest here by Thursday, March 31, at midnight. Don't miss your chance to wine, dine, and dance your stay away in Marshall! (And if you don’t win this time, don’t despair—we’ll be giving away another fabulous getaway to a different Main Street city in May!)

Show Yourself!

Selfie with fish and "Bass Fishing in Texas" markerSpeaking of contests, we’ve got another one wrapping up tonight. Enter the ‘I Am Texas History’ marker selfie contest by taking a selfie with a historical marker, posting it to Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram with the hashtag #iamtxhistory, and telling us why you chose it. We’ve been giving away weekly prize packages to historic sites related to the Texas Revolution—and one more remains! Post your photo by midnight tonight, and you could win a family pack of four combo tickets to San Jacinto Battleground State Historic Site in La Porte, which includes an elevator ride to the observation tower in the San Jacinto Monument, admission to the special exhibit at the San Jacinto Museum of History, and admission to the Texas Forever!! documentary film. Find a marker near you, and enter now—there are more than 16,000 historical markers in the state, so one shouldn’t be hard to find. If you need help, use the map function and historical marker layer on our Texas Historic Sites Atlas.

San Felipe de Austin Heritage Learning Project Receives Special Award

Students in front of the Stephen F. Austin statue at San Felipe de Austin State Historic SiteAn educational project at our San Felipe de Austin State Historic Site was recently recognized with the E. Mott Davis award for excellence in public outreach in archeology from the Council of Texas Archeologists. A partnership between the THC and Coastal Environments, Inc. (CEI), the San Felipe de Austin Heritage Learning Project is led by CEI archeologist Dr. Jon Lohse and Carol Salva, a special education teacher from the Spring Branch Independent School District in Houston. The ongoing initiative uses archeology and history at San Felipe de Austin to involve students in authentic, problem-oriented learning opportunities.
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From the Blog: The Martin Building's Makeover

Martin Building, El PasoWe recently launched a new monthly feature on our blog called Tax Credit Tuesday, which highlights preservation projects that were completed with the financial assistance of the state and federal tax credits administered by the THC. Our first feature is the 1917 Martin Building in downtown El Paso, a structure that's designated a Recorded Texas Historic Landmark, City of El Paso Landmark, and listed in the National Register of Historic Places. It was recently rehabilitated by ElectriCity.

Free William Travis e-Book from TSHA

Cover of William Travis e-bookOur friends at the Texas State Historical Association have another free e-book in their series about the people and places of the Texas Revolution. William Barret Travis: “Victory or Death” is available for a limited time, so order your copy now!

Real Places 2016

Real Places 2016 save the date graphic

Join heritage tourism stakeholders, supporters, and leaders June 13–15 at the AT&T Executive Education and Conference Center in Austin for Real Places 2016, the THC’s first-ever heritage travel conference. Some of the topics featured will include culinary tourism, historic roadways, creating tours and visitor experiences, and promoting commemorations and anniversaries. Our annual Courthouse Stewardship Workshop and County Historical Commission training will be offered alongside heritage tourism sessions. Save the date now, and look for registration and session updates soon!

Featured Events

April 2
8:30 a.m.–2:30 p.m.

This year’s Park Day, an annual volunteer clean-up event sponsored by the Civil War Trust and the History Channel, will take place at both Palo Alto Battlefield National Historical Park and Palmito Ranch Battlefield National Historic Landmark in Brownsville. It will include a living history demonstration, trash pick-up, symposium, and more. More information about the day is on our calendar listing.

Confederate Reunion Grounds State Historic Site, Mexia
1738 FM 2705

April 16–17
8 a.m.–5 p.m.

This annual event at Confederate Reunion Grounds features living history camps and demonstrations, sutler vendors, period music, presentations on Civil War-era fashions, ladies tea, and special discussions about Civil War-related topics.

Fort Lancaster State Historic Site, Sheffield
629 Fort Lancaster Rd.

May 20–21
9 a.m.–5 p.m.

This year’s annual Western Frontier Days celebration at Fort Lancaster will include a grand reopening ceremony at 1 p.m. on May 21 for the new visitors center, which features new exhibits, a stage coach, and gift shop.

Find more THC events on our calendar.

In The News

Fast Fact

$1.2 billion+

Total proposed rehabilitation costs for all state and federal tax credit project applications received in 2015.

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