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The Texas Historical Commission (THC) is currently accepting historical marker applications for subject markers, designated Historic Texas Cemeteries (HTC), and Recorded Texas Historic Landmarks (RTHLs).
Applications must be submitted to the appropriate County Historical Commission (CHC) for review, and the deadline for CHCs to forward applications to the THC is November 15, via email, to In addition to new applications, the THC will approve additional markers through the Undertold Stories marker program.
One of the most visible programs of the THC, historical markers commemorate diverse topics from the history and architecture of houses and commercial buildings to religious congregations and individuals that have made lasting contributions to state and local history. With more than 16,000 to date, historical markers can be found in all 254 Texas counties.
Applications for historical markers are available, along with a marker toolkit—a one-stop-shop providing the basic steps of applying for a marker—on the THC website at
To learn more about the Official Texas Historical Marker Program, visit or contact the THC’s History Programs Division at 512-463-5853.


Texas is a great state—great in size, population, personality, and most importantly, in legacy. Fortunately, Texas has a vast network of individuals and organizations dedicated to protecting and preserving its historic places. The Real Places 2018 conference brings these communities together to focus on preserving, revitalizing, and experiencing the Texas mystique. Registration is now open for the January 10–12 conference in Austin.
Real Places 2018 is presented by the Texas Historical Commission (THC) in partnership with the Friends of the THC, Texas Heritage Trails Regions, and Texas Land Title Association. Featured speakers include noted Texas writer Joe Nick Patoski, preservation economist Donovan Rypkema, social preservationist Dr. Andrea Roberts, and preservation consultant Franklin Vagnone. Featured entertainers include Ray Benson from Asleep at the Wheel and the Peterson Brothers. Attendees will learn best practices and strategies for promoting their community’s historic places while connecting with colleagues from County Historical Commissions, Main Street programs, local governments, chambers of commerce, convention and visitor bureaus, preservation organizations, historic sites, and travel industry experts. Topics featured will include improving visitor experiences and hospitality, the conservation of historic construction materials, design guidelines, economic studies, digital tools, historic rehabilitation tax credits, historic theaters, and 50 years of the Texas Travel Trails. Pre-conference workshops are being offered on successful philanthropy and wood window treatments. Visit for a complete list of topics.
Along with heritage tourism content, Real Places 2018 will provide technical training for new Texas Main Street managers and board members, as well as Certified Local Government staff. The THC’s award-winning Texas Historic Courthouse Preservation Program will present its annual Texas Courthouse Stewardship Workshop to county officials and facilities managers.
Registration for Real Places 2018 is now open online, and at a discounted early-bird rate available through December 1. For more information, including a schedule, registration, and speaker bios, visit For questions about registration, contact 512-258-7474or


Owners of historic or archeological resources in Texas damaged by Hurricane Harvey can apply for grant funding from the Texas Historical Commission (THC).
The THC’s Texas Preservation Trust Fund (TPTF) grant cycle is open until 5 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 30, 2017. The purpose of the Fiscal Year 2018 TPTF Emergency Grant Program is to…

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