The Harris County Historical Commission (HCHC) was established in February of 1958 as the Harris County Historical Survey Committee to assist the Texas Historical Commission (THC) and Harris County in the promotion and preservation of Texas' historic and cultural resources. The members of the HCHC are comprised of volunteers who are appointed by the Harris County Commissioners' Court in odd-numbered years and serve until they resign their tenures on the HCHC.
The HCHC officially meets quarterly in the calendar year. All are invited to these meetings. Visit the Announcements page on this website to periodically check for dates, times and locations for these meetings.
Here are some of the functions of the HCHC:
- Mentor, review and process applications for Texas Historical Commission historical subject markers, Recorded Texas Historical Landmarks (RTHL) designations, Historic Texas Cemetery (HTC) designations and the Texas Treasure Business Awards program in Harris County
- Mentor, review and process applications for Harris County historical markers as a suitable companion and alternative to the THC marker program
- Maintain an inventory and upkeep of over 500 markers and monuments that designate historically relevant subjects and landmarks throughout Harris County
- Promote and educate the public on the rich history of Harris County and Texas
- Assist the public with identifying and preserving historical sites and artifacts of Harris County and Texas.