Texas Historical Commission News Briefs


Applications are open now through March 16 for the Texas Historical Commission’s (THC) Preservation Scholars Program, supported by funding from the Friends of the Texas Historical Commission.

The Preservation Scholars Program builds interest and awareness in historic preservation, specifically among students from underrepresented cultural, ethnic, and socioeconomic groups. THC Preservation Scholars will work with THC staff and programs, gaining valuable professional experience related to historic preservation, historic sites, community development programs, heritage tourism, and communications. Preservation Scholars will complete a rotation among all divisions headquartered in Austin and then complete a special project in a division of their choice. Interns will receive a $5,000 stipend provided by the Friends of the Texas Historical Commission for a full-time, eight-week internship.

Undergraduate and graduate students interested in history, preservation, architecture, landscape architecture, archeology, downtown revitalization, and heritage tourism may apply. The only requirements are U.S. citizenship, current enrollment in junior year or higher (in a Texas college or university or a Texas resident attending an out-of-state school), and 3.0 or higher grade point average. Preference may be given to a candidate from a disadvantaged socioeconomic background. Prior recipients are ineligible.

For more information or to apply for an internship, visit thcfriends.org/preservation-scholars-program.


The Texas Historical Commission, the Texas Cultural Emergency Response Alliance (TX-CERA), the Department of the Interior’s National Park Service, and other partners announce two workshops focused on disaster recovery efforts for historic cemeteries in Texas. The workshops will be held in Houston (February 5–6) and Corpus Christi (February 8–9).

Cemeteries hold valuable historic information and are often the last reminders of early settlements’ historical events, religious beliefs, lifestyles, and genealogy. In the wake of Hurricane Harvey, many cemeteries suffered damage from falling trees and standing water. Grave markers were broken or soiled. Historic trees and landscapes were damaged.

The two-day workshops address damaged cemeteries and bring help to municipal planners, cemetery managers, church sextons, cemetery grounds workers, and family members. Each workshop will include valuable information and hands-on activities on topics such as disaster preparedness plans, reentering cemeteries after a disaster, landscape damage and vegetation removal, emergency stabilization of grave markers, stone monument cleaning, monument resetting and more.

Instructors for the workshop include James “Rusty” Brenner, owner of Texas Cemetery Restoration LLC; Jason Church, Materials Conservator at the National Center for Preservation Technology and Training; Joe Ferrannini, proprietor of Grave Stone Matters; and Joseph Keefe, Arborist with Bartlett Tree Experts.

Workshop facilitation is provided by the National Center for Preservation Technology and Training (NCPTT) and Friends of NCPTT. NCPTT is widely considered one of nation’s leaders in …


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