Milam County Historical Commission - Milam County, TX
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Old Junior High School Building, Rockdale, TX
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Milam County Historical Commission
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MCHC Meeting Agendas - 2018
                            

                                                                          Milam County Historical Commission
                                                                         Liberty Community Church, Cameron
                                                                                 October 8, 2018 - 10:00 AM


1  .Call to Order  - Welcome/Volunteer Hours/Years of service
2.  Pledge to the U.S. and Texas State Flags
3.  Recognition of Hosts and Guest(s)
4.  Approval of the August 13, 2018 Minutes
5.  Treasurer’s Report – John Pruett

6.  Committee Reports

     a.  Archaeology Committee – Randy Billingsley and Geri Burnett
          1.  Steven Gonzales, Executive Director of ELCAT, will speak at the Lucy Hill Patterson Memorial Library on
               October 18th.
     b.  Bridge Committee - Jack Brooks
     c.   Cemetery Committee - Jack Brooks
          1.   List of historic cemeteries
           2.  Conoley Cemetery
    d.   CLG - Geri Burnett
         1. NPS grant
    e.  Heritage Tourism – Lucile
f.    Marker Committee - Joan Ratliff
1.  The Old School Creamery in Cameron has closed and will not submit a marker request.
g.  Preservation Grant Fund - Denice Doss
1. New application form is available
h.Public Relations – Beth Brooks
i.Other Committees

7.  Old Business:
     a. El Camino Real de los Tejas National Trail report – John Pruett
         1.ECR Model Trail Community meeting  was held  September 11 in Milano
         2. The next MCT meeting will be November 7th at 2:00 pm
         3 .Annual Conference in San Antonio October 12-13
     b. Memorial for Joy Graham - Joan Ratliff
     c.  Save the Old City Hall (STOCH) – Geri Burnett
        a .501(c)(3) designation received
     d. Bridge  Postcards – Geri Burnett
         •Packages are available for $8 each.
     e. MCHC website
         1.   Jerry Caywood has transferred the domain name and files to Lynn. She is learning how to update the site.
     f. Wallis House Stained Glass
        1. Historic stained glass windows have been restored and will be hung in Library
            a. Wording for plaque?
            B. Two other windows are available to sell
     g.  Lynn attended the THC’s  Courthouse Preservation Stewardship Workshop in Groveton on September 18th
     h.  First Friday Coffee at the Lucy Hill Patterson Memorial Library November 2nd – Joan Ratliff
     i.   Other Old Business

8.  New Business:
     a. Nominating Committee Report - Lucile Estell, Darleen Tucker and Brenda Pruett
     b. Years of service
     c.  Other New Business

9.   Announcements:

      a.   Lynn is the speaker at the Lucy Hill Patterson Memorial Library on November 8th on Milam County in World War I.
      b.  Texas Historical Commission Conference January 16-18, 2019 in Austin.
      c.  Charles Sadnick, Division Director of the History Program at the THC visited Rancheria Grande
            on October 4th along with Steven Gonzales of ELCAT.
     D.  A benefit will be held October 28th for Roxli Doss.
     E.  Future meeting places:
          •December 10 – Milam County Historical Museum
            We will invite Judge Barkemeyer and the County Commissoners to express our appreciation for their support
            and honor our  members for their years of service.  Refreshments, invitations and decorations are needed.

10. Adjourn meeting

Milam County Historical Commission is an appointed arm of the Milam County Government and is subject to the Open Meetings Act.

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                              Milam County Historical Commission
                                                                         Gause United Methodist Church, Gause
                                                                                   August 13, 2018 - 10:00 AM


1. Call to Order  - Welcome/Volunteer Hours/Years of service
2. Pledge to the U.S. and Texas State Flags
3. Recognition of Hosts and Guest(s)
4. Approval of the June 11, 2018 Minutes
5. Treasurer’s Report – John Pruett
6. Committee Reports

    a.Archaeology Committee – Randy Billingsley and Geri Burnett
      1.GTI Environmental, LLC’s book on The Archaeology of Ranchería Grande at Los Brazos de Dios

    b.Bridge Committee - Jack Brooks
      1. Bridge Park  - Pavilion dedication has been postponed
      2. Calaboose was moved
      3. Calaboose book signing?
      4. Acknowledgement of the Prescott family, the County and the City?

c. Cemetery Committee - Jack Brooks
    1. List of historic cemeteries
    2. Conoley Cemetery

d.CLG - Geri Burnett
1.NPS grant – Committee selected the Consultants to prepare the nominations.

e.Heritage Tourism – Lucile

f. Marker Committee - Joan Ratliff
   1.   Application forms are on THC website

g. Preservation Grant Fund - Denice Doss
   1. The funds from the City of Rockdale were approved.

H. Public Relations – Beth Brooks
     1. Article in the Rockdale Reporter’s Newcomers Guide

i. Other Committees

7. Old Business:
    a. El Camino Real de los Tejas National Trail report – John Pruett
        1. The next ECR Model Trail Community meeting  will be _______
        2. Annual Conference in San Antonio October 12-13

    b.  Joy Graham memorial  - Joan Ratliff

   c.  Save the Old City Hall (STOCH) – Geri Burnett
       1.  Feasibility Study was presented at Rockdale City Council June 11th.  Many MCHC members attended.

   d. Bridge  Postcards – Geri Burnett
       •Packages are available for $8 each.

e.The MCHC website

f.Other Old Business

8.New Business:

    a. The Texas Historical Commission approved a matching grant for installation of
       a French  drain at the Courthouse in the amount of $60,012. The Commissioner’s
       court voted to proceed with the project.  Stan Graves has been extremely helpful.
    b. The MCHC Distinguished Service Award for 2017 was presented during Commissioner’s
       Court on June 25th.
    c. The Bill Pickett sign was dedicated in downtown Rockdale on June 16th.
        Attending were Dr. Estell, Geri, Lynn and Joan.
    d.  Nominating Committee - Appointed are Lucile Estell, Darleen Tucker and Brenda Pruett
    f.  El Camino Real NHT Dues – Pioneer Level $100
    g.  Other New Business

9. Announcements:

a. Regrettably, James and Patsy Brymer submitted their resignations at the conclusion of the June meeting.  They will
    continue to serve on the CLG Committee and host the CLG    meetings.
b.THC Awards:
        •Dr. Estell submitted nominations of GTI Environmental, LLC for the Curtis D. Tunnell Lifetime Achievement Award in Archeology and for the Award of Excellence in Preserving History for their work on the Rancheria Grande and Lobanillo Swales.
        •Geri was nominated for the John Ben Sheppard Leadership Award by Dr. Estell and Lynn
c. The Rockdale Library plans monthly speakers on Thursday evenings.
   This may be an excellent opportunity to share some of our Milam County history.
d.  Texas Historical Commission Conference January 16-18, 2019 in Austin.
    Registration by September 14th saves $125.
e.  MCHC will host the First Friday Coffee – November 2, 2018
f.  Future meeting places:
       • October 8 – St. Cyril & Methodius Church, Marak Community, 6623 FM 2269, Cameron
       •December 10 – Milam County Historical Museum (tentative)

10. Adjourn meeting

Milam County Historical Commission is an appointed arm of the Milam County Government and is subject to the Open Meetings Act.

Date___________________

Lynn Young, Chairperson, Milam County Historical Commission


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                                                                           Milam County Historical Commission
                                                               First Presbyterian Church, 1600 Alcoa, Rockdale
                                                                                    June 11, 2018 - 10:00 AM


Call to Order  - Welcome/Volunteer Hours
Pledge to the U.S. and Texas State Flags
Recognition of Hosts and Guest(s)
Approval of the April 9, 2018 Minutes
Treasurer’s Report – John Pruett
Committee Reports

a.Bridge Committee - Jack Brooks
1.Bridge Park – Pathway has been cleared
2.Henderson Bridge – Storyboard will be installed

b. Cemetery Committee - Jack Brooks
1.Prospect Cemetery

c.CLG - Geri Burnett
1.RFP’s for the NPS grant are due June 15
2.Wallis House stained glass

d.Heritage Tourism – Lucile
1.Lucile, Joan, Geri and Lynn met with Nicole Hirsch, Rockdale Marketing Director regarding Heritage Tourism.

f. Marker Committee - Joan Ratliff
1.   Applications are due August 15th
2.   The Old School Coffee & Creamery is working on an application. Dr. Estell is working on a RTHL application for one of the historic bridges.

g. Preservation Grant Fund - Denice Doss
1. 2018 Grants were awarded to:  Milam County Historical Museum, Rockdale Historical
Society (PGF and Rockdale Fund)

Rockdale Grants:  Historical Society, Kay Theater, Rockdale Model Train restoration
We received a lovely thank you note from Bob Barnett of the Kay Theater.

h.Public Relations – Beth Brooks

i.Other Committees

7.Old Business:
a. El Camino Real de los Tejas National Trail report – John Pruett
1.Lynn attended the ECR Lobanillo Swales dedication April 16th in Sabine County
THC’s Brad Patterson gave a tribute to Joy Graham in his remarks.
2.The first meeting of the ECR Model Trail Community is June 9th
3.Annual Conference in San Antonio October 12-13

8.Save the Old City Hall (STOCH) – Geri Burnett
1.  Feasibility Study to be discussed at Rockdale City Council June 11th.

9.Bridge  Postcards – Geri Burnett
Packages are available for $8 each.

10.Lynn and Geri toured Alcoa on April 21st regarding the possibility of acquiring some of the items from Alcoa for a future exhibit in Rockdale. 

11.Other Old Business

12.New Business:

a.Dr. Estell has been appointed to the THC’s Courthouse Advisory Committee.

b.Bob Brinkman, Coordinator, Historical Markers Program, will be here in the fall for an area-wide workshop on the application process and restoration.  In the meantime, new webinars are available on historical markers.

c.Plans continue with 100th anniversary of Armistice Day commemoration on November 10, 2018.

d.The MCHC website may be moved to the County’s server.

e.The Texas Historical Commission approved a matching grant for installation of a French drain at the Courthouse in the amount of $60,012.

f.The MCHC received the Distinguished Service Award for 2017.  It will be presented during Commissioner’s Court on June 25th at 10:00.

g. Other New Business

1.
Consider joining Preservation Texas, a private, nonprofit member-supported organization dedicated to protecting the historic resources of Texas. 

http://www.preservationtexas.org/

13.Announcements:

Texas Historical Commission Conference January 16-18, 2019 in Austin.
MCHC’s bid for a workshop on Roaming the Rancheria Grande was not approved.
2.MCHC will host the First Friday Coffee – November 2, 2018
3.Bill Pickett sign dedication June 16th in Rockdale
4.Bridge Park pavilion dedication August 1st in Rockdale
5.Future meeting places:
August 13 – Gause United Methodist Church
October 8 – St. Cyril & Methodius Church, Marak Community, 6623 FM 2269, Cameron
December 10 – Milam County Historical Museum (tentative)

10. Adjourn meeting

Milam County Historical Commission is an appointed arm of the Milam County Government
and is subject to the Open Meetings Act.




Date___________________


Lynn Young, Chairperson, Milam County Historical Commission




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Milam County Historical Commission
                                                                                 First Christian Church, Rockdale
                                                                                April 9, 2018 - 10:00 AM


1.Call to Order  - Welcome/Volunteer Hours

2.Pledge to the U.S. and Texas State Flags

3.Recognition of Hosts and Guest(s)

4.Approval of the February 12, 2018 Minutes

5.Treasurer’s Report
a.Audit report  - John, Joan and Geri.

6.Committee Reports

a.Bridge Committee - Jack Brooks

b. Cemetery Committee - Jack Brooks

c.CLG - Geri Burnett
1.The committee will focus on identifying all of the cemeteries in the County this year.

d. Marker Committee - Joan Ratliff
1.  Applications are due August 15th

e. Preservation Grant Fund - Denice Doss
1. 2018 Grants were awarded to:  Milam County Historical Museum, Rockdale Historical Society (PGF and Rockdale Fund)

Rockdale Grants:  Historical Society, Kay Theater, Rockdale Model Train restoration

f. Public Relations - Beth Brooks

g. Strategic Plan - Joan Ratliff
1.  Please send additions/edits to Joan and Lynn

h. Other Committees

7.Old Business:
a. El Camino Real de los Tejas National Trail report - John Pruett
1.ECR Lobanillo Swales dedication April 16th in San Augustine
2.Model Trail Community informational meeting in May
3.Sergio and Melinda Iruegas and Steven Gonzales presented a workshop at TXDAR Conference in San Antonio in March.
4.Lynn presented a program on Rancheria Grande to the Women of the VA Hospital in Temple.
5.The Texas Historical Commission featured Rancheria Grande in the recent issue.  It is available on their website: 
<http://www.thc.texas.gov/medallion>
6.If you missed the Texas Parks and Wildlife episode on the El Camino Real, it is available: 
<https://tpwd.texas.gov/newsmedia/tv/season.phtml?season=26>

b.Save the Old City Hall (STOCH) - Geri Burnett

c.Bridge Postcards - Geri Burnett
Packages are available for $8 each.

d.Lynn and Geri have been invited to tour Alcoa regarding the possibility of acquiring some of the items from Alcoa to exhibit in Rockdale. 

e.Lucile and Lynn will serve on the Heritage Tourism Committee. A sign-up sheet for future meetings is available.

f.Lucile and Lynn will serve on the Hospitality Committee.  A sign-up sheet for future meetings is available.

g.Thank you to all who attended the presentation of the MCHC annual report at Commissioners Court on February 26th.

h.Other Old Business

8.New Business:

a.Bob Brinkman, Coordinator, Historical Markers Program, will be here in the fall for an area-wide workshop on the application process and restoration.  In the meantime, new webinars will soon be available on historical markers.

b.Consider assisting with 100th anniversary of Armistice Day commemoration on November 10, 2018.

c.Other New Business

9.Announcements:

a.Congratulations to Geri and Bob Burnett - Rockdale Chamber of Commerce’s Citizens of the Year.
b.The Central Texas Historical Association will host a conference in Round Rock April 27-28. 
<http://www.centexhistassn.org/>
c.Texas Historical Commission Conference January 16-18, 2019 in Austin.
d.MCHC will host the First Friday Coffee - November 2, 2018
e.Future meeting places:
·June 11 -  First Presbyterian Church,  1600 Alcoa, Rockdale 
·August 13 - Gause United Methodist Church
·October 8 - St. Cyril & Methodius Church, Marak Community, 6623 FM 2269, Cameron
·December 10 - Milam County Historical Museum (tentative)

10. Adjourn meeting

Milam County Historical Commission is an appointed arm of the Milam County Government
and is subject to the Open Meetings Act.


Lynn Young, Chairperson, Milam County Historical Commission



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                                Milam County Historical Commission
                                February 12, 2018 - 10:00 AM
                                St. Thomas Episcopal Church
                               302 E. Davilla Ave., Rockdale


1.Call to Order  - Welcome/Volunteer Hours
2.Pledge to the U.S. and Texas State Flags
3.Recognition of Hosts and Guest(s)
4.Approval of the December 11 , 2017 Minutes
5.Treasurer’s Report
6.Committee Reports
     a.Bridge Committee - Jack Brooks
       1.Pavilion at Bridge Park dedication August 1st

     b. Cemetery Committee - Jack Brooks

     c. CLG - Geri Burnett
       1. $50,000 NPS Grant application for Rancheria Grande has been awarded
       2. CLG grant application for video was denied
       3. The Committee will focus on cemeteries in 2018.

     d. Marker Committee - Joan Ratliff
       1. Only 155 markers were approved state-wide. Four applications for historical
          markers were submitted. 
          Approved:San Andres Masonic Lodge, Rockdale Chamber Rock House,
          Old City Cemetery
          Not approved:  Historic Bridges of Milam County

     e. Preservation Grant Fund - Denice Doss
       1. The Kay Theater has completed the 2017 project.
       2. The Rockdale Historical Society has completed the 2017 project.
       3. The ECR has requested an extension on the sign at Apache Pass.

     f. Public Relations – Beth Brooks
       1. Excellent articles on the NPS Grant in the Rockdale Reporter and the Cameron
          Herald
     g. Strategic Plan – Joan Ratliff
     h. Other Committees

7.Old Business:
     a. El Camino Real de los Tejas National Trail report – John Pruett
       1. Model Trail Community informational meetings March or April
       2. Texas Parks and Wildlife episode on the ECR airing the week of February 11th
          on PBS.
         https://tpwd.texas.gov/newsmedia/tv/
       1. Austin KLRU, Channel 8 Sunday at 10 am & Thursday at 5:00 am

       2. Bryan-College Station, Channel 15 – Thursday at 7:30 pm, Saturday at 6:30 am,
          Sunday at 4:00 pm

       3. Milam County will host the ECR Annual Conference in October, 2020
     b. Save the Old City Hall (STOCH) – Geri Burnett
       1. Continuing to make public aware of the importance of saving the Old City Hall.
          Members will research and submit historical articles to The Rockdale Reporter
          and will ask for old photos and stories.
       2. Stan Graves is preparing a comprehensive report due this summer.
       3. Lynn was contacted by a gentleman building a to-scale copy of the OCH for the
          restoration of the Rockdale 1929 town model.

     C. Texas Historical Commission Real Places Conference January 10-12 in Austin.
          Attending were Geri Burnett, Lucile Estell, Carolyn Temple and Lynn Young.

     D. Bridge Postcards – Geri Burnett
        We have 20 packets of 8 cards.   $15 per packet.

         8.Other Old Business
9.New Business:
     a.After serving as Treasurer for many years Darleen Tucker has offered her
        resignation.
     b.MCHC Bylaws, Article IV – Officers:

Section 7.  Resignations:
       Should an officer resign from a position, taking nominations from the floor
         following the resignation will fill the remainder of the position term.
         A majority of those present, qualified to vote, will constitute the winner.
     c.Darleen has requested an audit of the books.  Appointed to audit the books are John Pruett, Joan Ratliff and Geri Burnett.
     d.An application for an Emergency Grant to install a French drain at the Courthouse has been submitted to THC.  A decision will be made in late April.
     e.We have invited Bob Brinkman, Coordinator, Historical Markers Program, for an area-wide workshop on the application process and restoration.
     f.Other New Business
1.Lynn and Geri met with Chris Whittaker and Gary Griesbach regarding the possibility of acquiring some of the items from Alcoa to exhibit.  Chris has offered room at a city park.  Lynn has written to Alcoa’s management.

10.Announcements:
     a.MCHC will host the First Friday Coffee – November 2, 2018
     b.Lynn will present the MCHC annual report to the Commissioners Court on Monday,
       February 26th at 10:00 am.  All are invited to attend.
     c.Future meeting places:
        April 9 – Forest Grove Christian Church, 8902 S US Hwy 77, Rockdale           
        June 11 -  First Presbyterian Church,  1600 Alcoa, Rockdale
              
10. Adjourn meeting

Milam County Historical Commission is an appointed arm of the Milam County Government
and is subject to the Open Meetings Act.

Lynn Young, Chairperson, Milam County Historical Commission

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                      Milam County Historical Commission
                First Presbyterian Church, 1600 Alcoa, Rockdale
                          June 11, 2018 - 10:00 AM


1.Call to Order  - Welcome/Volunteer Hours
2.Pledge to the U.S. and Texas State Flags
3.Recognition of Hosts and Guest(s)
4.Approval of the April 9, 2018 Minutes
5.Treasurer’s Report - John Pruett
6.Committee Reports

a.Bridge Committee - Jack Brooks
1.Bridge Park - Pathway has been cleared
2.Henderson Bridge - Storyboard will be installed

b. Cemetery Committee - Jack Brooks
1.Prospect Cemetery

c.CLG - Geri Burnett
1.RFP’s for the NPS grant are due June 15
2.Wallis House stained glass

d.Heritage Tourism - Lucile
1.Lucile, Joan, Geri and Lynn met with Nicole Hirsch, Rockdale Marketing Director regarding Heritage Tourism.

f. Marker Committee - Joan Ratliff
1.   Applications are due August 15th
2.   The Old School Coffee & Creamery is working on an application. Dr. Estell is working on a RTHL application for one of the historic bridges.

g. Preservation Grant Fund - Denice Doss
1. 2018 Grants were awarded to:  Milam County Historical Museum, Rockdale Historical
Society (PGF and Rockdale Fund)

Rockdale Grants:  Historical Society, Kay Theater, Rockdale Model Train restoration
a.We received a lovely thank you note from Bob Barnett of the Kay Theater.

h.Public Relations - Beth Brooks

i.Other Committees

7.Old Business:
a. El Camino Real de los Tejas National Trail report - John Pruett
1.Lynn attended the ECR Lobanillo Swales dedication April 16th in Sabine County
a.THC’s Brad Patterson gave a tribute to Joy Graham in his remarks.
2.The first meeting of the ECR Model Trail Community is June 9th
3.Annual Conference in San Antonio October 12-13

8.Save the Old City Hall (STOCH) - Geri Burnett
1.  Feasibility Study to be discussed at Rockdale City Council June 11th.

9.Bridge  Postcards - Geri Burnett
Packages are available for $8 each.

10.Lynn and Geri toured Alcoa on April 21st regarding the possibility of acquiring some of the items from Alcoa for a future exhibit in Rockdale. 

11.Other Old Business

12.New Business:

a.Dr. Estell has been appointed to the THC’s Courthouse Advisory Committee.

b.Bob Brinkman, Coordinator, Historical Markers Program, will be here in the fall for an area-wide workshop on the application process and restoration.  In the meantime, new webinars are available on historical markers.

c.Plans continue with 100th anniversary of Armistice Day commemoration on November 10, 2018.

d.The MCHC website may be moved to the County’s server.

e.The Texas Historical Commission approved a matching grant for installation of a French drain at the Courthouse in the amount of $60,012.

f.The MCHC received the Distinguished Service Award for 2017.  It will be presented during Commissioner’s Court on June 25th at 10:00.

G.  Other New Business

1.Consider joining Preservation Texas, a
private, nonprofit member-supported organization dedicated to protecting the historic resources of Texas.

http://www.preservationtexas.org/

13.Announcements:

1.Texas Historical Commission Conference January 16-18, 2019 in Austin.
  ·MCHC’s bid for a workshop on Roaming the Rancheria Grande was not approved.
2.MCHC will host the First Friday Coffee - November 2, 2018
3.Bill Pickett sign dedication June 16th in Rockdale
4.Bridge Park pavilion dedication August 1st in Rockdale
5.Future meeting places:
  ·August 13 - Gause United Methodist Church
·October 8 - St. Cyril & Methodius Church, Marak Community, 6623 FM 2269, Cameron
·December 10 - Milam County Historical Museum (tentative)

10. Adjourn meeting

Milam County Historical Commission is an appointed arm of the Milam County Government
and is subject to the Open Meetings Act.

Lynn Young, Chairperson, Milam County Historical Commission















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