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Polk County Enterprise - Local News
Stories Added - December 2009
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New historic stories web site, Historical Commission news
Polk County Enterprise - December 2009

AUSTIN, Texas — Nineteen new web sites featuring the Texas Historical Commission’s (THC) historic properties are now active, highlighting the unique stories of these real places from Texas’ past. The web sites are an upgrade from the previous single web pages to full, stand-alone web sites. From frontier forts to Civil War battlegrounds to stoic mansions, these new web sites provide educational and interpretational information that heighten the visitor experience and open a window on these significant moments in our state’s history. Each web site reflects a tailored and memorable look that is enhanced by vivid photographs of each property. Visit Share Your Story to tell us about your site visit and to read about the real encounters of others. Refer to the FAQs to get your questions answered before you start your trip, and check out the historic sites blog link to stay connected to all of your favorite historic properties. Direct links to the THC’s Texas Heritage Trails Program guides visitors to more regional attractions near the 19 historic properties. Keep checking back as the web sites will continue to incorporate additional features in the future, such as video and podcasts. To explore the 19 new web sites visit www.texashistoricsites.com and select a historic property. For more information on the THC’s historic sites contact the Historic Sites Division at 512.463.7948. Texas Historical Commission workshops provide small museums with tools to enhance collections In January, March and April 2010 the Texas Historical Commission (THC) will offer practical workshops on collections care targeting small history museums throughout the state. The aim of the workshops is to raise awareness of effective collections management policies and procedures for these facilities. “Knowing What You Have: An Introduction to Collections Policies and Documentation” will be led by THC Museum Services Program staff Laura Casey and Carlyn Hammons and are coordinated in partnership with the Texas Heritage Trails Program. The workshops are geared toward history museum staff and volunteers who are new to collections care and museums that do not have an official collections management policy. To register for the workshops visit www.thc.state.tx.us for details. For more information about the THC’s Museum Services Program contact the History Programs Division at 512.463.5853.

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