The Mason County Historical Commission was established in 1967 and is a member of the Texas State Historical Commission. The Commission is made up of eighteen members and meets the second Tuesday of the month in the Stribling Room. Members of the Historical Commission are appointed by the County Commissioners. The Mason County Historical Commission’s newest members are Laura Austin Tallent, Rebekah Geistweidt Whitworth, and Charles Eckert.
The purpose of the MCHC is the identification, protection, and interpretation of the history of Mason County. These goals will be accomplished through surveys of historical buildings and sites, Texas Historical Commission designations of historical buildings and sites, preservation of the county’s heritage through oral history, and public education about the county’s history.
The Historical Commission sponsored our Sesquicentennial celebrations last year and recently gathered the information for the Master Plan for the Mason County Courthouse renovation grant application. We are currently planning our annual Historical Symposium which will be held at the high school auditorium on Sunday, May 17th at 2:00 p.m. This year’s topic is “German Immigration into the Texas Hill Country”. Speakers will be Billy Mohr of Menard and Paul Burrier of Fredericksburg.
We are also getting ready to replace the monument which was knocked down and broken on the southeast corner of the courthouse lawn. Another project is to gather more names of Mason County veterans whose names are not currently on other courthouse monuments. Please see next week’s paper for more information on this project.
In cooperation with the Mason County Public Library, MCHC maintains the historical archives, which are open to the public and available to historical researchers. MCHC also publishes a variety of books and pamphlets providing an in depth summary of specific historical events in Mason County.
You can visit our website at www.masonchc.org for more information.