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About THF


For almost 70 years, the mission of the Texas Historical Foundation (THF) has been to preserve Texas history. That includes, conserving artifacts, restoring buildings, archiving documents, gathering and sharing stories, and safeguarding Lone Star culture. From the beginning, we have understood one simple principle: “For Texas we will—and for Texas we must!”

THF believes in and supports Lone Star values that have made this state great, including unity, diversity, and inclusion for all. As Texans preserving Texas, these beliefs are part of THF’s core mission.



The Texas State Historical Survey Committee (now the Texas Historical Commission) was created by the Fifty-third Legislature on June 4, 1953, to identify private preservationists and the location of the state’s endangered historical artifacts and papers. The Texas Historical Foundation was established on January 11, 1954, to provide most of the TSHSC funding. In 1971, as the State assumed a funding role for the Survey Committee, THF began to independently seek out worthy projects, explore critical preservation, and establish endowments that supported programs around the state. This good work continues today…all supported by private donations…nearly 70 years later.


For almost 70 years, THF has helped:

  • As a member of Randalls “Good Neighbor” program, THF receives a percentage of sales made by shoppers who have linked their Randalls card to the Foundation (number 5148). Funds received are reinvested in state preservation projects.

  • GoodSearch is a search engine powered by Yahoo! Register at, and click the blue "Join Now" button in the top right hand corner. Next, enroll with an email address or Facebook account, and click "sign me up!" Finally, enter “Texas Historical Foundation” in the search bar, and choose THF from the list. For each web search using Goodsearch _________

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