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Friends of the Texas Historical Commission Inc

  • Austin, TX
  • www.thcfriends.org

Mission Statement

The Friends of the Texas Historical Commission provides private philanthropic support to benefit the Texas Historical Commission's  programs and activities to further the preservation, recognition, and appreciation of our state's heritage.

Main Programs

  1. La Salle Projects, Texas in World War II, Red River War Battle Sites Project, THC Diversity Internship, Texas Civil War Monuments Fund, Texas in the Cold War Project, 1936 Centennial Marker Restoration, Fulton Mansion Restoration, Starr Family Home Portrait Restoration
Service Areas

Self-reported

Texas

The Friends of the THC is the support group for the state agency for historic preservation, the Texas Historical Commission, which serves hundreds of cities, 254 counties, 88 Main Street communities, 61 Certified Local Governments, 21 Visionaries in Preservation communities, 57 Preserve America communities, and millions of citizens throughout the State of Texas.

ruling year

1996

Principal Officer since 2013

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REBECCA BORCHERS

Keywords

Self-reported

historic preservation, heritage tourism, archaeology, cemetery, economic development, architecture, museums, history

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Also Known As

Friends of the Thc

EIN

74-2773168

Physical Address

1510 N. Congress Avenue

Austin, 78701

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Historical Societies and Related Activities (A80)

Community, Neighborhood Development, Improvement (S20)

History Museums (A54)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Overview

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More than $8,000,000 has been contributed to the Friends to benefit the THC since 1996. Special projects include:

La Belle excavation, which seeks to preserve one of the most important shipwrecks ever discovered in North America

Fort St. Louis excavation which revealed the location of La Salle’s ill-fated colony

Establishment of The Fort St. Louis Archeological Library

THC Preservation Fellows(http://www.thc.state.tx.us/awards/awdfellows.shtml) hips provide field experiences in historic preservation for university students

Texas Civil War Monuments campaign honors the valor and sacrifices of our state’s Civil War troops on battlefields throughout the nation

The Texas in World War II(http://webdesign.thc.state.tx.us/militarysites/milwwII.shtml) project documents the impact Texans played in the war

 

The Historic Flag campaign preserved and conserved 23 historic flags

Programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

La Salle Projects, Texas in World War II, Red River War Battle Sites Project, THC Diversity Internship, Texas Civil War Monuments Fund, Texas in the Cold War Project, 1936 Centennial Marker Restoration, Fulton Mansion Restoration, Starr Family Home Portrait Restoration

The Friends of the THC support ongoing education of community volunteers and professional development of THC staff in their respective fields to advance historic preservation projects across the state.
 
The Friends also support a number of special projects and Endowments to benefit the programs and activites of the THC inlcuding:
 
1)  The conservation of La Salle's 17th-century ship, the Belle, and for archaeological excavations at Fort St. Louis, La Salle's "lost colony."

 

2)  The Texas in World War II Initiative has developed a new heritage tourism brochure, 21 new Official Texas Historical Markers, 30 free oral history training workshops, online educational resources, a special edition of The Medallion magazine, and a multi-year statewide survey to identify and document significant wartime sites as a basis for future planning, preservation and interpretation.

 

 

 

4)  The THC Preservation Fellows, a program created to encourage talented young people of underrepresented ethnic groups to consider careers in historic preservation. The program targets minority undergraduate and graduate students to encourage their interest in pursuing fields of study such as history, architecture, archeology, downtown revitalization, and heritage tourism.
 

5)  The Texas Civil War Monuments Fund, an initiative to honor the valor and the sacrifices of our state’s Civil War troops on battlefields throughout the nation.
 
6) The Texas Heroes Endowment provides long term perpetual funds to support key intiatives and unique opportuntites at the Texas Historical Commission.
 
7) The Bob and Kathleen Gilmore Fund for Spanish and French Colonial Archeology supports projects across the state.
 
8) Collection conservation at each of our 20 historic sites including art, photography, textiles, and decorative arts.

Category

None

Population(s) Served

Adults

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Ethnic/Racial Minorities -- General

Budget

$1,500,000.00

Service Areas

Self-reported

Texas

The Friends of the THC is the support group for the state agency for historic preservation, the Texas Historical Commission, which serves hundreds of cities, 254 counties, 88 Main Street communities, 61 Certified Local Governments, 21 Visionaries in Preservation communities, 57 Preserve America communities, and millions of citizens throughout the State of Texas.

Funding Needs

Funds to support: Installation of an exhibit on La Salle's ship, the Belle Endow Preservation Fellowships in Architecture, Archeology, Urban Development, Museum Studies, & Marketing & Communication Establish Museum Services Endowment to award funds to small & emerging historic site museums for programs & staff development Gifts to the Texas Civil War Monuments Fund to erect monuments where Texas troops fought in Civil War battles Professional Development Fund for THC staff to attend conferences to maintain expertise which is then shared with the citizens of Texas through consultation & training opportunities Restoration & interpretation of 20 historic sites Collection Conservation of artifacts from 20 historic sites The Texas Heroes Endowment to support key initiatives & unique opportunities at THC An Endowed Military History Program to research, preserve, & educate about military sites in Texas including the Texas Revolution, the Spanish American War, World War I & II

Affiliations + Memberships

Association of Fundraising Professionals - Member

National Trust For Historic Preservation

National Trust for Historic Preservation - Partner

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FRIENDS OF THE TEXAS HISTORICAL COMMISSION
Fiscal year: Sep 01-Aug 31
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Friends of the Texas Historical Commission Inc

Leadership

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Principal Officer

REBECCA BORCHERS

STATEMENT FROM THE Principal Officer

"The Friends of the Texas Historical Commission provide funding for programs and initiatives for which State funds cannot be used. Support from the private sector has been, and will continue to be, critical to the Commission's success.  We are deeply grateful to the foundations, corporations, and individuals who have helped us over the years.  Together, we are saving Texas' historical treasures for future generations.

 

Mark Wolfe, Executive Director, THC"

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Mr. Brian Shivers

Pacific Capital Corporation

Term: Jan 2009 - Aug 2011

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