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Friday, August 24, 2012

The THC Opens New (Social) Sites

By Rob Hodges, THC Social Media Coordinator

The Texas Historical Commission (THC) has recently opened three new sites—this time in the realm of social media. Last month, the official THC Facebook page was launched, and we followed it up last week with pages on Twitter and photo-sharing app Instagram. The new pages are a dynamic way for the THC to engage new audiences, expand public and media relations, and participate in the ongoing conversations about historic preservation in Texas that are taking place on social media platforms.

THC's new Facebook page
While not exclusively about the THC’s 20 historic sites, the new social media pages regularly highlight projects and events at the sites and cross-promote the sites across the various THC programs. For example, the cover image (or banner) on the THC Facebook page is swapped out occasionally to highlight certain events, such as the current image announcing the grand opening of the Fulton Mansion Education and History Center on Thursday, August 30.

THC's new Twitter page

The THC Facebook page has become a daily source of preservation news and community activity about the agency’s programs, events, and partnerships. With the new presence on Twitter and Instagram, we are expanding our ability to provide breaking news, real-time coverage, and visual content from our sites and the preservation community. The Instagram photos (which are posted on Twitter and featured in a feed on the Facebook page accessed by a “Staff Instagrams” tab at the top of the page) are a chance for our staff to share photos of THC- and history-related sites throughout the state. It provides an opportunity for the preservation community to see some of the great statewide projects and programs the THC is involved in, including the agency’s 20 state historic sites, historical markers, National Register of Historic Places properties, Main Street shops, historic courthouses, and historic cemeteries.

Here are a few of the new Instagram photos:

In addition to these social media pages, the THC has individual Facebook pages for nine of its historic sites, as well as its historical marker program. The Casa Navarro State Historic Site, National Museum of the Pacific War, and the historical marker program also have Twitter feeds (follow them at @CasaNavarroSA, @NimitzMuseum, and @THCmarkers, respectively). These pages will continue in addition to the THC’s centralized pages on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Additional social media platforms will be coming later this year.

The nine historic sites with Facebook pages are:
•    Casa Navarro
•    Fort Griffin
•    Fort McKavett
•    Fulton Mansion
•    Magoffin Home
•    National Museum of the Pacific War
•    Sam Bell Maxey House
•    Sam Rayburn House Museum
•    Starr Family Home

Join the conversations taking place about the historic sites and other THC programs on social media. Be sure to “Like” us on Facebook, and follow us on Twitter at @TxHistComm or Instagram at Texas Historical Commission. As new media platforms come and go, we intend to adapt and remain part of the ongoing and important preservation conversations—wherever they are happening. The past meets the present as the THC tells the real stories about the real places in Texas history in a brand new way.

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