The Texas Historical Foundation recently launched a marketing campaign aimed at expanding its membership base and increasing endowments so more grants can be given to assist more preservationists. We are happy to report that THF is growing and so are the grant awards! This achievement would not have been possible without the thousands of individuals who reached into their pockets in support of THF. Thanks to you, the Board of Directors recently approved eight proposals for projects, totaling $40,000, which will reach all Texans—even beyond the borders of our great state:
The Chisholm Trail Heritage Museum , a 2014 winner of the John L. Nau III Award of Exellence in Museums, will receive a THF grant in support of a project to construct a new foundation for the circa-1880 English-German School in Cuero. The once-endangered structure will join the museum complex as a history education center for area students.
A grant will be given to the Gonzales County Historical Commission for a project to install ten educational panels near the recently restored First Shot Monument in Cost. These will serve as way-markers for tourists and interpretative signage for the National-Register nominated historic site.
THF approved a grant to New Braunfels Conservation Society to assist with costs to restore the 1855 Arnold-Rauch-Branch homestead. The 52-year-old organization has a distinguished reputation for its preservation of notable structures in Central Texas.
The Foundation will support the Texas Talks webinar series, a project of the Texas State Historical Association, now located in Austin. Funding will help TSHA hire full-time interns and production equipment to improve the highly regarded series. The live-streaming program connects the public to preeminent history scholars and experts and reaches audiences across the globe.
The Caddo Mounds State Historic Site, in Alto, was approved a THF gift in support of a film that will document the construction of a traditional Caddo “bee hive” grass home on the park grounds. A Caddo tribe elder from Oklahoma has begun the process of collecting materials and he will oversee its assembly.
THF Directors approved emergency funding support to the Admiral Nimitz Foundation for a project to stabilize and repair the roof on the historic Nimitz Hotel, one of several buildings that make up the National Museum of the Pacific War complex.
The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley Foundation secured grant assistance for new publications related to the Rio Grande Valley Civil War Trail, a project of the Community Historical Archeology Project (CHAPS) at the university. The printed monographs will complement the bi-lingual website, podcasts, and maps dedicated this over-looked theater of the Civil War.
Finally, THF will support The Heritage Society of Houston with grant monies for materials and furnishings for new exhibits at the 1847 Kellum-Noble House, the oldest surviving building in Houston. Recent archeological investigations at the site uncovered new evidence of its history and has led to new scholarship about the early years of this important Texas city.