About Us

We are a 501(c)(3) nonprofit dedicated to fostering the appreciation, understanding, and teaching of Texas history.

Mission Statement

To foster the appreciation, understanding, and teaching of the rich and unique history of Texas and, by example and through programs and activities, encourage and promote research, preservation, and publication of historical material affecting the state of Texas.

See also: Diversity Statement, “Healing Through History”

Texas State Historical Association (TSHA)

Organized in Austin on March 2, 1897, the founders of TSHA brought lay and professional historians together to document and celebrate the state’s complex and diverse history. Today, TSHA follows the path laid out by its founders, sharing Texas history with individuals across the state, nation, and globe.

TSHA focuses on two major service areas: education programs and historical publications. These services primarily benefit students and adults throughout Texas, although individuals from across the globe access TSHA's online publications. Available at no cost to its users, the Association's most widely used publication is the Handbook of Texas. TSHA also operates a highly respected press that publishes the Southwestern Historical Quarterly journal and numerous books on Texas history, such as the biennial Texas Almanac.

In addition to its publications, TSHA organizes the annual Texas History Day competition, a statewide historical research contest and yearlong curriculum for middle and high school students. Students learn critical thinking, teamwork, and presentation skills throughout the program. This year, thousands of students participated in the History Day curriculum across the state. Other education programs include Junior Historians and Webb Society clubs for students in middle school, high school, and college and webinar trainings for teachers across the state.

TSHA also hosts its Annual Meeting in various locations throughout Texas. The three-day conference offers scholars, students, teachers, and history enthusiasts an opportunity to discover the latest developments in Texas history research.

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Press Releases and Media

View our active press releases, contact details, and download TSHA-related media assets.

Sponsors and Contributors

The Texas State Historical Association very much appreciates the support of its major sponsors and contributors.

People of TSHA

Search for or browse the people who comprise the TSHA community. Educators, publishers, award winners, staff, board members, and many others all play an important role in keeping our state's history alive.

Diversity Statement

Read about our commitment to sharing a complete and diverse history of Texas, Healing Through History, and explore some of our resources.

Core Values Statement

Read TSHA's statement on its core values for fostering the appreciation, understanding and teaching of Texas history.

TSHA Committees

We currently have 188 people serving on 37 committees.


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TSHA Bylaws

Last amended February 28, 2020.

Financial Information

View our recent IRS Form 990.

Articles of Incorporation

View our articles of incorporation.

Policy Agreement

We strive to collect as little information as required for individual transactions, and encourage feedback on the methods we utilize to assure quality products and services.

Terms of Use

Unless otherwise noted on specific pages, all materials published herein are copyrighted by the Texas State Historical Association.

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