For more than 60 years, the Texas Historical Foundation has acknowledged that the work of preservation and history education is important and should be ongoing—for the benefit of not only today’s Texans but for those who come next. From the beginning we have understood one simple principle: “For Texas we will—and for Texas we must!”
The mission of the Texas Historical Foundation is to serve past, present, and future Texans by supporting research and publication of Texas history, assisting in the preservation of historic and prehistoric artifacts and information, and raising and providing funding for these purposes.
The Texas State Historical Survey Committee (now the Texas Historical Commission) was created by the Fifty-third Legislature on June 4, 1953. Its objectives were to identify private preservationists and the location of the state’s endangered historical artifacts and papers. To support this work, the Texas Historical Foundation was established on January 11, 1954.Until the State began to appropriate money for TSHSC projects, most of the agency funding came from the THF. 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 60 years later.