About Us

We Are Texans Helping Preserve Texas.

From the time that our ancestors struggled for their independence, Texans have always been self-reliant. THF, which was established in 1954, continues that tradition as one of the only groups in the state that carries on its mission without taking state or federal funds.

What We Do
The mission of the Texas Historical Foundation is to serve past, present, and future Texans by supporting research in and publication of Texas history, assisting in the preservation of historic and prehistoric artifacts and information, and raising and providing funds for these purposes.

Our mission can, quite simply, be broken down into two components:

1. Education 2. Fundraising to provide preservation grants

Our History
The Texas State Historical Survey Committee (now the Texas Historical Commission) was created by the Fifty-third Legislature and approved and filed on June 4, 1953. Its objectives were to survey the State of Texas to determine who the private preservationists were, what the endangered artifacts, shrines, and sites consisted of, and where these treasures were located. Governor Allan Shivers appointed 18 members to the committee and assigned eight directives. One of these directives was to create the Texas Historical Foundation for the purpose of funding the endeavors of the Committee.

For the first 10 years, until the State began to appropriate funds for the preservation projects undertaken by the TSHSC, most funding came from the THF. In 1965 the TSHSC and THF became two separate organizations but the relationship remained as it started, with the THF raising money to implement the programs of the TSHSC.

In 1971 as the Legislature began to fund a fairly comprehensive program for the Survey Committee, the THF began to move from its original purpose as a funding vehicle into an activist role of its own, seeking worthy projects and exploring some of the critical needs in the preservation field. Several endowments have been established within the THF that give the organization a greater opportunity to support preservation projects statewide.

Since 1971 the THF has continued to pursue these projects, raise money to fund them, and help to create an awareness of preservation through the quarterly publication HERITAGE magazine.