What are County Historical Commissions?

The Texas Legislature authorized the establishment of County Historical Commissions (CHCs) to assist county commissioners courts and the Texas Historical Commission (THC) in the preservation of our historic and cultural resources. The mission of each CHC is to preserve, protect, and promote these resources.

Texas Local Government Code, Chapter 318, establishes work that CHCs may pursue. The statute is fairly broad, leaving latitude for CHCs to manage activities appropriate to county size and resources. Appointees consult with county officials and preservation partners to determine the CHC's body of work.

As a political subdivision, CHCs serve as primary points of contact for individuals who need more information about particular aspects of history and historic sites in Texas. Active CHCs provide a broad range of services to individuals and organizations within the county. Some CHC appointees provide help with research and applications related to historical designations. More active appointees provide public presentations and events that educate and celebrate local history.

Fun Facts about CHCs

CHCs that Thrive Using THC Programs

CHCs across the state participate in a number of THC programs that help educate the public on local and state history. Below, THC staff highlight just a few of the CHCs that excel in particular THC program or discipline. 

Historical Marker Program:

  • Collin CHC hosts cemetery workshop.Harris CHC
  • Liberty CHC
  • Nueces CHC

Cemetery Preservation Program:

  • Austin CHC
  • Collin CHC
  • Hays CHC

National Register of Historic Places:

  • Lubbock CHC
  • Milam CHC

Lavaca CHC host preservation workshops. Certified Local Government:

  • Comal CHC
  • Tarrant CHC
  • Travis CHC


  • Harrison CHC
  • Lavaca CHC
  • Nacogdoches CHC