Historic Fort Worth



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.


For more than 60 years, THF has helped:
Save Buildings

such as the Charles Goodnight Home in the Panhandle

Further Archeological Research

including work at the Gault Site in Central Texas

Preserve Archives + Photographs

like early Texas Supreme Court records at the state archives

Sponsor History Education Efforts

including “The Birth of Texas” documentary series

Support the Work

of researchers, writers, and educators—like the first “Women in Texas History” book series