The designation also honors the church as an important and educational part of local history.
A dedication ceremony to commemorate the event will be held Sunday, May 4 at the First United Methodist Church of Goliad Life Center located at 134 West Pearl in Goliad beginning at noon. Speakers will include Goliad Mayor Jay Harvey, County Judge David Bowman, Goliad County Historical Commission Chairman Bil Montaque, Patsy Light, and Reverend John Alsbrooks of the First United Methodist Church of Goliad. The Goliad County Historical Commission welcomes the public to share in and witness this exciting historical event.
“The Official Texas Historical Marker program helps bring attention to community treasures and the importance of their preservation,” said Mark Wolfe, executive director of the THC. “Awareness and education are among the best ways to guarantee the preservation of our state’s history. This designation is a tool that will increase public awareness of important cultural resources.”
A subject qualifies for a marker if two basic criteria are met: historical significance and age. Historical significance is established by reviewing its role and importance in local history, and there requirement depends on the topic. The THC’s Official Texas Marker Policies are outlined in the Official Texas Historical Marker Procedures, which may be obtained by contacting the History Programs Division, Texas Historical Commission, at 512-463-5853 or visiting the web at www.thc.state.tx.us.
Texas has the largest marker program in the United States with approximately 15,000 markers. Seventeen states have used the Texas program as a model; the THC reviews more than 300 marker applications each year. The First United Methodist Church of Goliad marker joins many others found in Goliad County.