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The 2013/2014 competition included entries from all over the state. See the winning projects by clicking the link below.

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Last Updated 3/25/2014



We invite you to learn more about your Texas heritage by participating in this contest open to all Texas high school students. Participants get to choose a topic about their local history, research it and create a dynamic presentation to inspire their fellow students. Winners will be invited to Austin for a special awards presentation.

“Memory is vital to creativity: that holds true for individuals and for peoples, who find in their heritage - natural and cultural, tangible and intangible - the key to their identity and the source of their inspiration.” UNESCO, Convention concerning the protection of the world cultural and natural heritage (Paris 1972).

Last Updated 10/02/2007


Friends of the Governor's Mansion

Friends of the Governor’s Mansion is a Texas non-profit corporation founded in 1979 by Governor and Mrs. William P. Clements, Jr. The mission of the organization is as follows:

  • To acquire, maintain, and replace as necessary a collection of museum quality furnishings and furniture in the Texas Governor’s Mansion.
  • Restore items owned by the State in its Governor’s Mansion Collection.
  • Educate the public about the Governor’s Mansion, its contents and history.
  • Enhance the grounds of the Governor’s Mansion.
  • Maintain an inventory of all contents of the Governor’s Mansion.
  • Raise funds from the public to carry out the above stated purposes.

FGM educational projects have included an exhibit about the governors and the Mansion, a documentary made by Austin PBS station KLRU, a guidebook to the Governor’s Mansion, and a teaching guide for use by Texas elementary and middle school teachers. This presentation project contest is designed to promote the study of Texas history and enhance the computer skills of the high school participants in conjunction with the state curriculum for American history and computer information systems.

This educational project is generously supported by a grant from the Summerlee Foundation of Dallas, Texas.

Last Updated 10/03/2007