The Historical Commission is involved in a variety of areas across Texas, including historical markers, courthouse restorations, archaeological projects and efforts to help Texas towns to preserve their history, to name just a very few.
David Bush with the Greater Houston Preservation Alliance says the program that perhaps has the greatest economic impact is THC’s role in getting national tax credits for restoration of National Register listed buildings in Texas.
“THC staff is responsible for making sure those projects meet the criteria that would allow them to earn the federal tax credits. And, those credits make a lot of preservation projects possible. These are generally very large projects around the state that have a big impact on a lot of communities.”
Bush says each state is responsible for administering its own preservation program and obtaining and overseeing federal preservation funds.
“For Texas THC is the designated organization responsible for the entire state. So if THC is gone, there’s no one administering these programs in the state and there’s no one who would be qualified other than a state agency to do this.”
You can get a fuller picture of what THC and the other agencies do at their web sites. And, of course, at this point this de-funding is still just a plan.