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Texas History Grant Highlights

Among the many outstanding grants awarded by the Foundation, the following projects are highlighted as notable examples in a variety of disciplines.


Texas Commission on Texas History (1992)

An independent commission of sixty-four distinguished Texas history scholars and professionals issued a report in 1992 assessing the needs, status, and priorities of the discipline. A number of recommendations have been implemented.


Medicine Mound Ranch (1994)

Acquisition of the historically significant Medicine Mound Ranch in Hardeman County, Texas, that contains Medicine Mound, a sacred site still utilized by the Comanche Nation for spiritual reflection.  Sold in 2014 with restricted covenants protecting the historic Medicine Mounds.


The New Handbook of Texas (1996)

A major six volume reference book, compiled over fourteen years by 3000 authors and 130 staff members of the Texas State Historical Association, widely recognized as the most accurate source of information on all facets of Texas History. This project led to the modern on-line handbook that has greatly expanded the reference base.


La Belle and Fort St. Louis (1997)

Recognized as the premier archaeological project in Texas, the Foundation assisted the Texas Historical Commission in securing funds for both preserving the La Belle hull and artifacts and for archaeological investigations of Fort St. Louis.


Mexican American War Documentary (1998)

A national public television documentary on the Mexican American War organized by KERA public television in Dallas. In addition to funding support, the Foundation was actively involved as a historic consultant to the project.


National Trust for Historic Preservation Emergency Fund (2002)

An Emergency Fund overseen by the National Trust for Historic Preservation to protect historic structures throughout Texas from annihilation. The fund secures professional assistance from architects and engineers to protect the built environment.


Sarahville de Viesca (2006)

The colonial capital of the Sterling Clack Robertson colony was acquired in 2006 by the Foundation as an investment property. After archaeological investigations of the townsite of Sarahville de Viesca and Fort Milam, Bull Hill Cemetery, and the site of James Coryell’s grave, a large portion of this property will be designated as a program related investment. Future investigations will include the original site of the Falls of the Brazos River and the Austin road, as well as expanded studies of Fort Milam.


Texas State Library and Archives Commission (2008)

Support for the creation of a conservation laboratory and conservation program to address the ongoing preservation demands of this treasured institution.


Summerlee Commission on the Financial Sustainability of History Organizations (2013)

This study addresses the plight of history organizations whose prospects of long-term survival are precarious. With a pressing need for new models, this study questions fundamental assumptions about governance and funding.

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