4 Unique Ways to Discover the Rich History of Texas this Summer

By visiting these Texas Historical Commission sites, you can give the entire family what they want this summer.

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Historic Texas Cemetery Highlight: Skyview Cemetery

At 125 years old, Skyview Cemetery is finally joining the Historic Texas Cemetery (HTC) club thanks to the efforts of the Hays County Historical Commission and the still thriving Skyview Cemetery Association.

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Re-Collections of the Revolution Podcast Episode 3: War, What is it Good For?

In the third episode of Re-Collections of the Revolution, we explore the dramatic tale from a 19-year-old Spanish officer's perspective of his first military march into the rebellious state of Tejas.

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Re-Collections of the Revolution Podcast Episode 2: 10 Steps to War

In the second episode of Re-Collections of the Revolution, we dive into the simmering tensions of the early 1830s, exploring the complex dynamics between two of the most prominent families in Texas: the Austins and the Whartons.

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Re-Collections of the Revolution Podcast Episode 1: The Map's the Thing

Listen in for an exciting adventure as we explore the geography of Texas in the 1820s and '30s through an 1836 map of Texas drawn by Stephen F. Austin.

Restoration Project Underway at Fanthorp Inn

Fanthorp Inn State Historic Site closed temporarily on September 24, 2023 to prepare for an extensive restoration project. Many of the original items and antiques were either taken off site for safe storage or moved away from work areas and tarped.

Photograph of the Porvenir Marker outside of Marfa; blue sky, grey desert and a scrub bush

Remembering the Porvenir Massacre

Porvenir was a remote community in northwest Presidio County on the Rio Grande. The small farming and ranching settlement was the site of a notorious tragedy that took place in the midst of military conflicts, raids across and along the international border, and in the immediate area during the Mexican Revolution.

Historical color photograph of recovery of 1554 anchor by THC team.

50 Years of Marine Archeology

On February 1, 1972, the THC hired its first state marine archeologist. This followed the 1969 enactment of the Antiquities Code of Texas, a law protecting the state’s cultural and archeological resources, including shipwrecks.

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Vida Lee Connor: Discoverer of the 1554 Spanish Plate Fleet off Padre Island

For too long the story of the woman who discovered wrecks from a 1554 Spanish Plate Fleet, Vida Lee Connor, has been overlooked. Much importance has been placed on these remarkable shipwrecks, including their lasting impact on stateside underwater archeology and resource management, but Connor's unique part of the story has been largely forgotten.

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Storm-Tossed Ships: Lake Austin and Her 'Sister' Ship Lydia Ann

The scow schooner Lake Austin seemingly had nine lives: After surviving the most powerful recorded hurricane in U.S. history at Indianola in 1886, it would serve as a rescue vessel during the later Galveston hurricane of 1900, only to succumb to a lesser storm in 1903. Lake Austin transcends its rather humble origins and has an enduring legacy that can be appreciated today.