THC dedicated to preser v ing military histor y in Texas
AUST IN—Honoring the hero -
ic efforts and sites of our state’s
military history is a significant
goal of the Texas Historical
Commission (THC). The result
of this commitment has been marked by numerou s oral his - tory training workshops and the placement of monuments
commemorating Texas troops
in o th er st at es.
H ighlig ht i ng Tex a s’ in volve - ment in the Civil War is the purpose of two monuments
recently dedicated in Kentucky.
Distinctive granite memorials
honor Texas soldiers at the Battle of Rowletts Station in 1861 and the Battle of Rich- mond in 1862. Made possible through the THC’s Texas Civil Wa r Monument s Fu nd , a th ird
is planned for Corinth, MS
in 2010 and fundraising will
begin s hort l y. A nother ac com - plishment was THC Military Historian William McWhort- e r ’s rec ent ap pointm en t to th e
National Mus eu m of The Civil
War’s Advisory Council.
Along with preserving Texas’
e f forts dur ing the C ivil Wa r, the
THC is striving to capture the
fad i ng voic es of Texas sold iers
in volv ed in World War I I. Par tn
ering w ith Bay lor Un i ver sity’s
Institute for Oral History and
funded by the Houston Endow- ment and Su mmerl ee Fou nd a - tion of Dallas, the THC has
conducted oral history training
work s hops t hroughout the state . The workshops, title d Here and
There: Recollections of Texas in
Wo r ld Wa r II, s er ve to sa ve the
real stories of Texans’ contribut
ions to the war ef fort .
In the spirit of honoring
Texas’ military past, join the THC at the Sabine Pa ss Bat tle -
ground State Historic Site for
living history demonstrations
an d ba tt le re - enactme nt s du r -
in g the we ekend of Sept . 12 to
c o mme morate t he 1 46 th ann i - versary of the Civil War Battle
of Sabine Pass.
For more information about
the THC’s military history program, contact the History Program’s Division at 512-463- 5853 or visit www.thc.state. t x .u s .