LIVE OAK COUNTY — The reboot and restructuring of the Live Oak County Historical Commission was recently concluded, officials have announced.
As a result, there are new guidelines and new membership appointments by Live Oak County Commissioners, the organization stated in a news release.
Historical commissions are now more important than ever, members were told in January by Barbara Westbrook, award-winning vice chair of the Atascosa County Historical Commission.
Westbrook told a group of 20 who gathered at the Buck West House that as of 2011, 252 out of the 254 Texas counties had historical commissions—totaling about 418,922 worked volunteer hours.
Westbrook said the ongoing preservation of— for instance—old Texas cemeteries is extremely important.
“We want to get maps correctly labeled and avoid crazy misspellings,” Westbrook said.
As always, members say, the Live Oak County Historical Commission “is an extension of Live Oak County government with the mission of preserving, sharing and recording the history of Live Oak County,” officials said.
As part of this reorganization, Roberta Dobie, vice chair of the commission, resigned her position earlier this year to become the organization’s official secretary—primarily for the purpose of ensuring the upcoming meetings were well-documented.
Earlier formation meetings have taken place in George West with the June meeting held in Three Rivers at City Hall, Dobie announced. Plans are to hold meetings throughout the county with a goal to make available meetings to all interested in attending.
These meetings dates and their agendas are posted according to law on the courthouse door in George West and the City Hall in Three Rivers, Dobie’s release states.
“At this stage we are still forming committees and establishing an overall vision for the commission for this year,” she said in the release. “To coincide with the GW Centennial, the LOCHC will be placing and presenting two historical markers on Sept. 21. More details will be forthcoming as plans progress.”
The next scheduled meeting will be at the Oakville Community Center in Oakville at 6 p.m. July 16, officials said.
A location and time for the upcoming Aug. 18 meeting has yet to be determined.