Texas Historical Commission
About this Partner
Texas Historical Commission (THC) contributes its quarterly publication The Medallion containing articles about historic sites, preservation issues, and heritage tourism opportunities in Texas, as well as organizational and related news. Published in full color, The Medallion’s engaging photos and appealing graphics bolster the magazine's impact in Texas’ preservation community. Produced by the THC’s Public Information & Education Division, the magazine features articles generated and written by THC staff.
The Texas Historical Commission (THC) is the state agency for historic preservation. THC staff consults with citizens and organizations to preserve Texas' architectural, archeological, and cultural landmarks. The agency is recognized nationally for its preservation programs.
The THC is composed of 17 citizen members appointed by the governor to staggered six-year terms. The agency employs about 173 people who work in various fields, including archeology, architecture, history, economic development, heritage tourism, public administration, and urban planning.
The Texas State Legislature established the agency in 1953 as the Texas State Historical Survey Committee with the task to identify important historic sites across the state. The Texas Legislature changed the agency's name to the Texas Historical Commission in 1973. Along with the name change came more protective powers, an expanded leadership role, and broader educational responsibilities.