Hays County Historical Commission Recognized for Contributions to Preserving Texas Heritage
Hays County Courthouse, San Marcos, TX – The Hays County Commissioners Court on Tuesday presented the Hays County Historical Commission (HCHC) with a 2013 Distinguished Service Award from the Texas Historical Commission. The state commission issues Distinguished Service Awards each year to county historical commissions that demonstrate concerted efforts to preserve the history and character of Texas.
“The Texas Historical Commission honors the HCHC for its dedicated service to Texas,” said THC Executive Director Mark Wolfe. “We commend these hardworking individuals for their efforts to save Texas history and look forward to promoting their accomplishments throughout the year.”
HCHC Chair Kate Johnson accepted the award on behalf of the volunteer group, thanking them for their hard work and dedication to historical causes and the Court for its support of their work. “Our members worked very hard for this award and not many counties receive it, so we’re very happy to have earned it,” Johnson said.
Speaking for the Court, Hays County Judge Bert Cobb, M.D., said that the HCHC truly deserves the award. “You’ve been very active in restoring and preserving our history in Hays County and we very much appreciate it,” he said.
In addition to participating in numerous local events and festivals, in 2013 the Hays County Historical Commission
- Finished the outside restoration of the 1884 jail
- Completed the 101 Ranch Documentary and held several showings, including one at the County Courthouse in conjunction with the Heritage Association of San Marcos that drew more than 200 attendees
- Began the Colonel Peter C. Woods documentary
- Continued the development of the Hays County Museum, including acquiring on loan artifacts from the Charles S. Cock family, one of San Marcos' earliest families
- Conducted several oral history interviews
- Researched and began the process of having five trees designated as "Historic Trees of Texas
- Purchased the Texas Historical Marker for the First Baptist Church NBC of San Marcos
- Completed the application process for other historical markers, including the J.H. Barbee house, Stagecoach House in Buda and Bunton Bridge
- Began working with the Daughters of the Republic of Texas to restore the Burleson Cabin
- Worked with Texas State anthropology professor Dr. Ana Juarez and her students on the mapping and preservation of the Able Ranch cemetery
- Held historic marker dedications at Cemeterio del Rio and the Southside/Bonham School, and
- Continued supporting the maintenance of the Kyle Auction Oak and the Kyle Hanging Tree
Left to right, Hays County Historical Commission members, Jo Landon, Jim Cullen, Luanne Cullen, SarahAnn Lowther and Linda Coker, Precinct 1 Commissioner Debbie Gonzales Ingalsbe, County Judge Bert Cobb, M.D., HCHC Chair Kate Johnson, HCHC members Delbert Bassett, Dorothy Gumbert, Jim Rendow, Marie Bassett and Jerry Moore, Precinct 4 Commissioner Ray Whisenant and Precinct 3 Commissioner Will Conley.