Milam County Historical Commission
Milam County, Texas
Milam County Historical Commission - Milam County, TX
Statue of Ben Milam at Milam County, TX Courthouse
Old Junior High School Building, Rockdale, TX
Milam County Courthouse - Cameron, TX
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HISTORIC — The Milam County Museum has donated copies of the recently-reprinted “History of Milam County” to each of the Rockdale ISD school libraries. The volume, by Cameron-area historian Lelia Batte, has been out of print for 64 years. Susan Larson of the museum board made the presentation on Monday. From left: Larson; Pam Kaufmann, assistant superintendent for administration and instruction; Genella Korenek, chief financial officer; Cari Veit, elementary library; Pat Elliott, junior-high library; Sarah Cleveland, high school library.

Rockdale Reporter


Rockdale Reporter

DAR VISIT — Texas Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) Regent Judy Ostler (L) was in Milam County recently to discuss making improvements to the TxDAR Centennial Park, on US 79 near the Brazos River. The park was built in 1936 by the Sarah McCalla Chapter of the DAR of Cameron. In 1955 the highway route changed and the original park became landlocked and forgotten. The marker at the original settlement was moved to the present location in the 1970s.

Pictured with Ostler is State Chair Lucile Estell.

Rockdale Reporter - 2017-03-09

school libraries get Milam County books
Photo by Mike Brown - Rockdale Reporter
Photo courtesy of Lynn Young


Book Signings: "Historic Bridges of Milam County"

2017-04-07 - Lucy Hill Patterson Library - 201 Ackerman - Rockdale - 9:00 - 10:00 AM

2017-04-12 - Thorndale Chamber of Commerce, Main Street, Thorndale - 1:00 - 2:00 PM

2017-04-18 - Milam County Museum, 201 E. Main, Cameron, TX - 1:00 PM

2017-04-20 - Lucy Hill Patterson, 201 Ackerman, Rockdale, TX - 6:00 - 7:00 PM



HISTORY LESSON — The Milam County Historical Commission members recently heard a program presented by Jane Becker, vice-president of the Thorndale branch of Prosperity Bank. During the meeting, held at the Thorndale Area Chamber of Commerce, members learned of the rich history of the almost 110 year old bank through archived newspaper articles and photos. Afterwards members toured the bank.

Below is Becker (L) and MCHC Chair, Lynn Forney Young.

Rockdale Reporter - 2017-04-20

Jane Becker - Lynn Forney Young

Historic Bridge Book Dedicated
Rockdale Reporter

CAMERON—The Milam County Historical Commission (MCHC) dedicated its new “Historic Bridges of Milam County” book to the current and past county judges and commissioners during a regular meeting. Monday.

Dr. Lucile Estell spoke of the importance of historic preservation efforts and thanked the Milam officials on behalf of MCHC.

Each county official was presented a book by MCHC Chair Lynn Forney Young. County Judge David Barkemeyer thanked the MCHC for their preservation efforts.

“We appreciate what you do,” Estell said.

                           Central Texas Historical Association


Brief History of the CTHA:

The CTHA was formed to preserve the history of the Central Texas region by providing researchers and scholars viable outlets for their research.  Central Texas is a unique region and is distinctively different from regions within the state (East Texas, West Texas, and South Texas).  As such, scholars often find it difficult to publish their research on topics that directly relate to the Central Texas region.  For more than a century, one outlet available to researchers and scholars has been the Southwestern Historical Quarterly which is published by the Texas State Historical Assocation.  However, Because the Quarterly only publishes approximately 12-15 articles annually and because TSHA publishes articles related to the entire state and not just the Central Texas region, only a limited number of scholars, who research Central Texas topics, are able to publish in the Quarterly.   Naturally, almost no articles on Central Texas history are published in the scholarly journals of the East Texas Historical Association, West Texas Historical Association, and the South Texas Historical Association because these associations primarily preserve the history of their own distinct regions.

The CTHA was the brainchild of Blinn College faculty members and administrators.  History professor Charles Swanlund, Assistant Dean of Social Sciences Brandon Franke, and Blinn College Dean of Social Sciences Dr. Diane Lovell have been instrumental in paving the way for the creation of the Association.  Beginning in 2012 and having noticed that there were a plethora of history topics that did not align with the stated missions of existing regional history associations, such as the East Texas Historical Association, the West Texas Historical Association, and the South Texas Historical Association, Franke and Swanlund began to discuss the possibilities of creating a history association that would focus on Central Texas history.  Unfortunately, institutional support was not forthcoming for such an endeavor at that time.  However, in 2015, reorganization of the administrative structure at Blinn College and the addition of innovative administrators, such as Dean Lovell, and the promotion of others, such as Franke to Assistant Dean, fostered a change in the professional and academic environment at the college.  As a result, Blinn College committed to becoming the host institution of the CTHA.

In the summer of 2014, Dr. Kenneth W. Howell was hired as a full-time faculty member in the Blinn College History Department.  At the same time, he was appointed to investigate the possibility of organizing a regional history association that would focus on the history of Central Texas.  Beginning in the fall 2014 semester, Howell took initial steps to organize the CTHA, including creating an informal framework of organization, establishing initial deadlines for organizing the association, holding informational meetings with Blinn College administrators to discuss the organization of the association, seeking potential candidates for the position of Managing Editor and Community Liaison, contacting the directors of the East Texas Historical Association and the West Texas Historical Association informing them of the creation of the CTHA, and examining the best way to proceed with formation of the Association, including the application processes of creating a non-profit organization with the State of Texas and the Internal Revenue Service.

In May 2015, the Central Texas Historical Association received official recognition as a 501 (c) (3) entity from the Internal Revenue Service.