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January 2016

Terrell Heritage Museum, Terrell
2014 Diversity Interns Idali Reyes (left) and ToniAnn Trevino.

Developing Future Preservationists

The Friends of the Texas Historical Commission is accepting applications for our 2016 Diversity Internship. The eight-week paid internship is open to students attending a Texas college or university, or Texas residents attending a school out-of-state. Interns work under the supervision of THC staff at our headquarters in Austin or our state historic sites.

The Diversity Internship in Historic Preservation was created to build interest in and awareness of careers in historic preservation for students from underrepresented cultural, ethnic, and socioeconomic groups. The initiative encourages undergraduate students to pursue fields of study in history, preservation, architecture, archeology, downtown revitalization, and heritage tourism.

More information, including eligibility criteria and application instructions, is available on the Friends of the THC’s website. Applications and supporting documents must be received or postmarked by March 18.

State Historic Sites Offer Timeless Venues for Weddings and Events

Wedding at Varner-Hogg Plantation State Historic SiteFrom Victorian mansions and a former sugarcane plantation to a 150-year-old riverfront inn, several of our state historic sites provide one-of-a-kind venues for weddings and special events.

The recently restored Fulton Mansion State Historic Site features a remarkable 1800s Victorian villa overlooking Aransas Bay in the quaint town of Rockport, about 35 miles north of Corpus Christi. Fulton Mansion offers a rare glimpse into the posh world of a prominent South Texas family. The beautiful lawn in front of the mansion is an ideal setting for an outdoor wedding. The Education and History Center located behind the mansion is also available to rent. The 2.7-acre coastal site is a Recorded Texas Historic Landmark and listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

Find more examples and a guide to rental facilities at the link below.
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From the Blog: "Diversity Interns: 'Where Are They Now?'"

Sehila Mota CasperWith our Diversity Internship application period open through March 18, we thought it would be helpful to catch up with some of our former interns to hear about their career paths after their internship at the THC. Over the next couple months, we’ll check in with some former Diversity Interns on our blog. Their experiences reveal how valued the program was to shaping their future career choices, and that their time with the THC helped develop strengths and skills that assisted in their future fields.
Our first participant is Sehila Mota Casper, a Diversity Intern in 2013.
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Texas Day By Day

TSHA logoOn this day in 1908, Alton Strickland—a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame and piano player in iconic Western Swing band, Bob Wills and the Texas Playboys—was born in Antioch, Texas. Learn about events in Texas history that occurred on this day and every day of the year at the Texas State Historical Association’s Texas Day by Day website.

African American History Month Instagram Contest

Buffalo Soldier reenactor at Fort Phantom Hill

During African American History Month (February 2016), we’re sponsoring a one-month photo contest consisting of Instagram photos of any site featured in our African American heritage travel guide or the African Americans in Texas mobile tour. To enter:
  • Follow @TxHistComm on Instagram.
  • Take a photo at one of the historic sites featured in the African Americans in Texas travel guide or mobile tour.
  • Post it to Instagram (make sure it’s a public account!) between February 1 and February 29, 2016.
  • Identify the site in the caption or geotag.
  • Include the hashtag #AfricanAmericansInTexas in the caption or a comment.
More details are available at

Save the Date!

Do you have a passion for the unique heritage destinations in your community? Do you wish visitors from Texas, the U.S., and the world knew about them and added them to their “must-see” list when they visit Texas? If so, the THC and the Texas Heritage Trail Regions have an event for you!
Join heritage tourism stakeholders, supporters, and leaders June 13–15 in Austin for the THC’s first-ever heritage tourism symposium. Save the date now, and look for updates soon on

Featured Events

Sam Rayburn House State Historic Site, Bonham
890 W. SH 56
February 5
3–6 p.m.

Visit our Sam Rayburn House for free, themed tours and refreshments as part of a Black History Month Open House in honor of the African American employees who lived and worked on the Rayburn farm.

First Christian Church of Aubrey (near Denton)
410 N. Main St.
February 13
2–3 p.m.

A historical marker will be dedicated for Elm Fork Bridge, a Recorded Texas Historic Landmark. The opening ceremony will be held at the historic First Christian Church of Aubrey, followed by the unveiling of the marker at the Ray Roberts Lake State Park Greenbelt off FM 428 between Denton and Aubrey. For more information, contact the Denton County Historical Commission marker chair at 940-241-2523.

Find more THC events on our calendar.

In The News

Fast Fact


Of all Texas archeological sites are on private land.

Read more Fast Facts.
Real Places, Real Stories Blog
The Texas Historical Commission is the state agency for historic preservation. We save the real places that tell the real stories of Texas.

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