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July 2016

Willacy County Courthouse, Raymondville

Courthouse Capital

We recently announced grant recipients for Round IX of the nationally recognized Texas Historic Courthouse Preservation Program (THCPP) during our July 22 quarterly meeting in Austin. The THC awarded matching grants totaling $20,162,369 to eight counties to aid in preservation of their historic courthouses, including four grants for full historic restorations.

Fannin, Karnes, Lynn, and San Saba counties received construction grants for full restorations. Cameron, Kleberg, and Willacy counties received emergency grants to address critical issues including structural problems, water accumulation, and hazardous material removal. Hunt County was awarded a planning grant to be applied toward the production of construction documents for a future application to the THCPP for a full restoration of their building.
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Win a Weekend in Seguin

Juan Seguín statue and signage, SeguinTo celebrate the 35th anniversary of our Texas Main Street Program this year, we’re offering another fabulous weekend getaway in a Texas Main Street city. During August, win a trip for two to Seguin that includes two nights of lodging in an elegant historic hotel, meals at local restaurants, and tours of the 1856 Sebastapol House. From August 1–31, enter the Celebrate Main Street Sweepstakes  for your chance to win!

WWI Centennial Commemoration

WWI Monument, Texas Capitol, Austin
On April 6, 2017, Texans will observe the 100th anniversary of America’s entry into World War I. In observance of the upcoming centennial, we’re collaborating with the Texas World War I Centennial Commemoration to honor the role of Texas and Texans in the Great War.
The THC is asking for the public’s help in identifying visitor-accessible sites where World War I is interpreted or preserved in Texas. County Historical Commissions and like-minded preservationists can help create an inventory of locations housing World War I-related exhibits, archives, trophy artillery, memorials, markers, and monuments. The information gathered by this request for assistance will greatly benefit heritage tourists, plus historians and public school students actively conducting research during the centennial.
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Free Women's History e-Book from TSHA

Cover of Women Across Texas History e-bookThe Texas State Historical Association has created a new e-book series called Women Across Texas History. For a limited time, get your copy of Volume 1: Nineteenth Century and Before.

From the Blog: Real Places Rundown

Real Places conference video

What a blur, but what a blast!

After several months of exhaustive planning and detailed behind-the-scenes work by a large team of THCers and partners, Real Places—our first-ever heritage travel conference—seemed like it was over in no time. But it was great while it lasted!
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An Immersive Road Trip

American Wind Power Center, Lubbock
During July, we’ve been on a virtual road trip with the Texas Water Development Board, calling attention to two iconic and important Texas water symbols: windmills and water towers. We’ve been sharing photos of #Txwindmills and #TXwatertowers on Instagram and, with the help of the public, we’ve logged many miles across the state—and even time-traveled a bit via historic photos. Help us cover more ground by sharing your own photos this week—and you might even win a prize! Learn more here.

Featured Event

Sam Rayburn House State Historic Site, Bonham

890 W. SH 56
July 29–30

Our Sam Rayburn House State Historic Site is once again participating in the annual Bonham Quilt Hop, which takes place at multiple locations from 1–4:30 p.m. on Friday, July 29, and from 9 a.m.–4 p.m. on Saturday, July 29. Along with quilts from the Sam Rayburn House collection, quilts will be on display from our Varner-Hogg Plantation State Historic Site in Paris.

Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

1001 Bissonnet St.
August 25
10 a.m.–4 p.m.

We’re proud to co-present this workshop with the Texas Association of Museums, and Daniller + Company. A primer for beginners and a great review for seasoned membership professionals, the workshop will cover new trends in thriving membership programs. The fee is $35 and includes lunch. Registration is available through the Texas Association of Museums website.

Find more THC events on our calendar.

In the News

Fast Fact


Income generated through the Texas Historic Courthouse Preservation Program

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