Applications for historical markers now being accepted

AUST IN— The Texas His torical Commission ( THC) is currently accepting applications for subject markers, designated Historic Texas Cemeteries (HTC) and Recorded Texas Historic Landmarks ( RTHLs).

Applications must be submitted to the appropriate county historical commission (CHC) and the deadline for CHCs to forward applications to the THC is Nov. 15, via email, markerapplication@thc. RTHLs and business, industry and commerce are the thematic priorities for 2014 applications.

RTHLs are properties judged to be historically and architecturally significant and must be at least 50 years old. Topics addressing those themes will receive additional points when new applications are scored.

The THC will approve up to 180 new applications; up to 20 additional markers will be approved through the Undertold Stories marker program.

One of the most visible programs of the THC, historical markers commemorate diverse topics from the history and architecture of houses, commercial buildings, religious congregations, and events that changed the course of local and state history, to individuals who have made lasting contributions to Texas. There are more than 15,000 THC markers throughout the state.

A new tool is now available to assist the general public, preservationists, local historians, and CHCs with the marker application process. The new Marker Toolkit is a one-stop-shop providing the basic steps of applying for a marker. You may also view a webinar for more detailed marker information.

Contact the THC’s History Programs Division, 512-463-5853 for more info.

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