The Texas Historical Commission (THC) is the state agency for historic preservation.  Its mission is to protect, preserve, and promote the state’s historic and prehistoric resources for the use, education, enjoyment, and economic benefit of present and future generations.

The Texas Legislature set up a system of county historical commissions (CHC’s) to assist local commissioners’ courts and the THC in preserving each county’s resources.  Duties and responsibilities of a CHC are set forth in Texas’ Local Government Code (Chapter 318) and give CHC’s considerable latitude to organize and undertake activities appropriate to the county’s size and resources.