Making the past come alive is the sole purpose of Saturday’s second Living History Celebration of Bee County, sponsored by the Bee County Historical Society.
“There are so few historical activities that go on in the county,” bemoans O’Neil, the Society’s president. “And at the ones that do, you’re having less and less participation.”
She hopes this Saturday’s activities will change that.
For the all-day celebration, Corpus Christi Street will be closed from the courthouse east past the McClanahan House museum. Events include:
•Three storytellers relating the history of the county all day
•Tours of the courthouse at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.
•Aztec dancers from Corpus Christi will bless the celebration with a 1 p.m. performance
•Tours of Evergreen Cemetery all day
•Pioneer games for children at the Bee County Joe Barnhart Public Library all day
•Native-American dancers performing all day at one of the pocket parks on Corpus Christi
•Artifacts and relics from old Bee County settlements will be on display at the McClanahan House by the Dudley T. Dougherty Conference Center
O’Neil also wants the day to be an interactive event. She is asking all who attend to bring old photographs that depict their history to share between 1 and 3 p.m. at the museum. “It’s a kind of flash mob event,” she explains.
While she admits that participation at last year’s event was small, she is hoping this year’s activities will attract more people. “It’s a growing process,” she says.
Raffle tickets to benefit the McClanahan House will be on sale during the festivities. Tickets are $1 each or six tickets for $5. First prize is a half-day cruise for up to six people with the Aransas Bay Birding Charters.
“The purpose of the event,” O’Neil says, “is to bring people out to share their history, which melded and made the history of the county.”
Bill Clough is a reporter at the Bee-Picayune and can be reached at 358-2550, ext. 122, or at beepic@mySouTex.com.