The Texas Institute for the Preservation of History & Culture (TIPHC) was created in 1999 by 76th Texas Legislature under House Bill 889. In tandem with house bill 889, the primary mission of TIPHC is to collect, preserve, study, publish and make available research, records, documents, artifacts, and other items relating to Texas history and culture and to the history and culture of the United States. The Institute sponsors and produces programs that stimulate lifelong learning and promote historical and cultural literacy among the citizens of Texas, the United States and beyond.
The Institute views indigenous culture, architecture and community development as potentially symbiotic yet moves beyond these disciplines to integrate a breadth of knowledge and methods–e.g. oral history, historic preservation and comprehensive documentation–for the purpose of engaging the community and (re)generating human understanding. Literacy is an important component in the complete education of every person in a knowledge-based economy.
The Institute recognizes that developing the potential of all learners, teachers, students and adults call for the utilization of both traditional and new, non-traditional styles of learning.
The Institute employs a variety of methods and media including lectures, cultural exhibits, video production, publications (The Journal of History & Culture) and the World Wide Web to disseminate information to the academic community and the general public by engaging resources in a renewed commitment to education cultural literacy. The Institute retains an active mailing list of secondary schools in the 254 counties in the state in Texas.
TIPHC Support of PVAMU Mission (Institutional Effectiveness Report dated. IE. 2010)
TIPHC supports the University’s commitment to higher education by the alignment of several goals and imperatives as outlined in the Institutional Effectiveness Report 2010. These include but are not limited to the following:
- Goal III. A.: Enhance the research environment and expertise of faculty and staff
- Goal 3.3.1: The institution identifies expected outcomes, assesses the extent to which it achieves these outcomes, and provides evidence of improvement based on analysis of the results.
- Imperative IX.: Increase and Enhance the Visibility and Awareness of the University to the Community at Large / all Stakeholders.-
- Goal IX: Expand its service to the community by promoting Secondary school Education
Two of the university six-core values that provide the foundation of TIPHC’s mission and vision are:
- Excellence & Relevance:
TIPHC is committed to the educational excellence and relevance of scholarship. For example the Journal of History & Culture, (ISSN 1941-9082/JHC) a refereed publication that is widely read among academics in Texas and in American institutions of higher education. The primary goal of JHC is to promote excellence and historical relevance through scholarship.
- Academic & Cultural Diversity:
TIPHC is committed to promoting academic and intellectual diversity in secondary and higher education. As an example the dissemination of TIPHC’s documentary programs in Texas support promotion of academic and cultural diversity.
- Texas Sacred Places Project
- Rice University
- City of Prairie View, Texas
- Texas A&M University
- Office of Civil Rights
- The Brown Foundation Inc of Houston
- Additional funding is sought to continue the work of TIPHC ‘s education program such as new exhibits and to develop public programs that serve the campus and alumni; teachers and students in local communities; and, a broader public beyond the university.