The program will be presented by David Vickers, local historian, Moreno Middle School history teacher and Texas Revolution re-enactor.
The BCHS was originally formed in the 1950s.
The purposes of the corporation is to provide leadership to the citizens of Bee County in the development of appreciation for the history and culture of Bee County; and to discover, procure and preserve whatever may relate to national, state and local history, and Bee County in particular; and to establish and maintain collections in art, history, crafts and archaeology.
Through the generosity of the Barnhart Foundation and many local fund-raisers the group has been able to preserve, repair and restore the McClanahan House, located at 206 E. Corpus Christi St. in Beeville. This structure is the oldest business structure in Bee County and houses many historical artifacts.
In cooperation with the University of Texas, BCHS also participated in the recording of oral histories of local Hispanic World War II veterans. This project was headed locally by BCHS members Rudy Garcia and Frank Morón.
Some of the other projects BCHS is currently involved in include:
• Taking part in the “Back Thru Time History Trail.” This project is a marketing effort promoting local history in an eight-county area of South Texas.
• Establishing a plan for opening the McClanahan House for tours on a regular schedule, especially for the school children. There is a lot of history associated with this old building.
• Working on oral histories of our county. There are many “old-timers” who have great tales of days long past, and the group wants to start gathering this information in their own words. The group also would like to have more history regarding the activities of Hispanic and black citizens and families of Bee County. Dr. John Brockman is heading up this endeavor.
• Assisting with the restoration of the old Bee County Jail, which is a small frame structure presently located next to the Robert Horn Bee County Jail.
BCHS also provides leadership to Bee County in the development of applications for history and culture of Bee County.
Membership in the Bee County Historical Society is an opportunity to stay connected with other citizens of the county in the pursuit of preserving and promoting our history and culture.
Those who cannot attend Monday’s meeting and program, but would like to join the Historical Society, may send payment of $10 per individual for an annual membership, or $100 per individual for a lifetime membership to BCHS, Deanna Blackwell, Treasurer, 52 CR 312, Beeville, TX 78102.
Please provide name, mailing address, telephone number and e-mail address if you have one.
For more information, call Shirley O’Neil at 343-3119.