AUSTIN, Texas (AP) -- Backers of the Texas Historical Commission hope to combine tax dollars and private money to showcase the state's past in a more interactive way.
The Austin American-Statesman reported Monday that commission leaders are launching a fundraising effort for more history-preserving and digital projects.
Gov. Rick Perry last summer named Austin architect Matt Kreisle to lead the 17-member commission. Kreisle says his plan is to build a culture of excellence.
Perry in 2011 proposed closing the commission amid state budget concerns.
Better economic times in Texas have led to more support for the commission that's been operating on a $25 million annual budget.
State Sen. Juan Hinojosa of McAllen, who's vice chairman of the budget-writing Senate Finance Committee, says there's more money now and: "Who doesn't like Texas history?"