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September 2016

Aerial view of excavation site

Dig It

October is Texas Archeology Month, and this year we’re offering a few special promotions to help you get into the spirit of discovery that is TAM. Throughout October, follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for daily info about archeology in Texas, events you can attend, past and current projects, and additional resources.
We’ll also be hosting a photo contest in conjunction with TAM events. To enter, simply take a photo at one of the official TAM events—there are more than 75 across the state—and share it on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram with the hashtag #digTAM16. For Instagram, make sure your profile is public so we can see it. By sharing a photo with the hashtag, you’ll be entered into a random drawing to win a great THC and archeology-related swag bag.

Breaking Ground in San Felipe

Detail of Stephen F. Austin obelisk, San Felipe de Austin State Historic SitePlease join us and the Friends of the Texas Historical Commission for a special event October 20 at our San Felipe de Austin State Historic Site near Sealy. At 10 a.m., we'll host a ceremonial groundbreaking to celebrate the start of the construction of a new museum showcasing the site's important place in Texas history. Following the groundbreaking, you’ll have the opportunity to tour the site and walk in the footsteps of the Texas' early pioneers at what was once the capital and the social, economic, and political center of the provisional government of Texas.

Free Tejano History e-Book from TSHA

Cover of Tejanos Through Time e-bookIn honor of Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15–October 15), the Texas State Historical Association is offering its Tejanos Through Time e-book for free. For a limited time, get your copy here.

Video Spotlight: Official State of Texas Longhorn Herd

Texas Longhorn at Fort Griffin

Did you know the State of Texas maintains a herd of traditional Longhorns? Part of that herd resides at our Fort Griffin State Historic Site near Albany, where we preserve the breed so residents and visitors can see and experience animals similar to those that played such a vital role in the development of Texas. To learn more, watch this video and follow the State of Texas Longhorn Herd at Fort Griffin Facebook page.

THC Agency Website Survey

If you're a regular user of the THC website at, please take a few minutes and give us some feedback about this resource and tell us about yourself. The survey only takes a few minutes, and all responses are anonymous. 


Celebrate Denison

Denison Main Street
To celebrate the 35th anniversary of our Texas Main Street Program this year, we’re offering another weekend getaway in a Texas Main Street city. During October, win a trip for two to Denison that includes two nights of lodging, meals at local restaurants, and a tour of our Eisenhower Birthplace State Historic Site. From October 1–31, enter the Celebrate Main Street Sweepstakes for your chance to win!

NOTE: You will not be able to enter the sweepstakes until midnight, October 1.

Featured Event

Fort Griffin State Historic Site, near Albany

1701 N. US 183
October 7–8
8 a.m.–5 p.m.

The past comes to life at the annual Living History Days—part of Texas Archeology Month—which offers demonstrations, education, and authentic frontier history and fun. The first day is geared toward students from area schools, while the second day is for the general public.

Caddo Mounds State Historic Site, Alto

1649 SH 21
October 22
10 a.m.–3 p.m.

Also part of Texas Archeology Month, the annual El Camino Real de los Tejas Festival offers the chance to travel back in time on the historic “Royal Road.” Enjoy food, fun, pioneer skills, presentations, crafts, music, native plant hikes, archeology month activities, and more.

Find more THC events on our calendar.

In the News

Fast Fact


Texas Archeological Awareness Week was expanded to a month-long observance due to popularity.

Read more Fast Facts.
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