News Briefs From the Texas Historical Commission

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The Texas Historical Commission regularly has news briefs for the public. This November, the organization has several announcements for Texans who are interested in helping to preserve the history of the state.

Real Places 2018 Conference

Texas Historical Commission Real Places 2018 Conference

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The Real Places 2018 conference in Austin from January 10 through 12, 2018, will help attendees to learn more about historic preservation. People who promote local businesses and tourism are ideal candidates for this event, where heritage tourism will be a focus. Some of the topics covered will include conserving construction materials from the past, tax credits for historic rehabilitation, Texas Travel Trails, and how hospitality can better visitors’ trips. The Texas Historical Commission (THC), Texas Heritage Trails Regions, Friends of the THC, and Texas Land Title Association come together to bring this event to the public. Early, discounted registration is available until December 1, with prices increasing after that date.

Grants for Harvey Impacted Historic Places

Texas Historical Commission Varner Hogg Plantation

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Hurricane Harvey devastated the Texas Gulf Coast, but it wasn’t just residences affected. Historic sites were also were inundated by flood waters and damaged by winds. Owners of Hurricane Harvey impacted historic sites can apply for Texas Historical Commission grants for restoration and rebuilding. This grant cycle is only open until Thursday, November 30, 2017, at 5 p.m. Never before has the entirety of the grant cycle been awarded to only those places damaged from a disaster. Between $10,000 and $30,000 grants are expected to be given, and those requesting these will not be required to match the amount in cash. Whether a site gets the money will be based on how important the site is, how endangered it is, and how likely the project will restore the site.

Free WWI History Guide

Texas Historical Commission Color Guard from Camp Mabry for the WWI Centennial at the capitol

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Just in time for Veterans’ Day month, the THC released its latest free guide, “Texas and the Great War.” This informational guide is available for download or in print and as a part of the Texas Time Travel Tours app. Readers will experience what World War I was like in Texas by learning about the state’s home front activities and the sites that preserved those stories. TexasTimeTravel.com has this and other free guides from the THC.