Milam County Historical Commission - Milam County, TX
Statue of Ben Milam at Milam County, TX Courthouse
Old Junior High School Building, Rockdale, TX
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Milam County Historical Commission
Milam County, Texas
MCHC Meeting Agendas - 2018
                             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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