The Harris County Historical Commission (HCHC) may soon get a boost from a new nonprofit that will help fund the agency’s historical marker program and educational displays.
Once approved, the Friends of the Harris County Historical Commission will be able to accept monetary and physical donations benefitting the historical commission. Donors may also be eligible for tax deductions or credits for their contributions. Currently, contributions are limited because the historical commission is a Harris County agency.
“The Harris County Historical Commission looks forward to continuing to preserve the history and tell the stories of the various groups and people who shaped our county,” said Janet Wagner, chair of the Harris County Historical Commission. “This nonprofit will greatly enhance what the historical commission can offer the public.”
Harris County Commissioners Court recently voted in favor of establishing the nonprofit in response to a lack of state funding for historical markers across the state and county. The next steps include filing an application with the Secretary of State and getting approval from the State Comptroller’s Office and the I.R.S.
“This is a win-win for the county,” said Commissioner R. Jack Cagle. “We continue to find new artifacts around the Tomball area. Spring Creek Park is a goldmine of historically relevant artifacts extending back 2,000 years. We want to continue educating the public about local history through these artifacts that provide a closer look at some of the events we all learned about in history class.”
Currently, the historical commission lists 600 historical markers across Harris County. The Harris County Historical Commission’s mission is to provide a unified and effective voice to preserve, protect, and promote Harris County history and historical locations, and initiate and conduct programs suggested by the Harris County Historical Commission.
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