AUSTIN, Texas —The Texas Historical Commission (THC) recently recognized Mason County with the 2011 Distinguished Service Award. The honor was presented to The Mason County Historical Commission by Judge Bearden on June 26th. The award recognizes County Historical Commissions (CHCs) that work toward substantial preservation efforts that lead to a greater understanding of state and local history. These efforts also promote stewardship of our cultural and historic resources, encourage economic development within urban and rural areas of our state, and generate interest in the history and character of Texas.
“CHCs have a passion for telling the real stories of Texas and we are honored to provide services that support their hard work and invest in our communities,: said THC Executive Director Mark Wolfe. “The Mason County Historical Commission is our valued partner and we hope you will join us in honoring them for receiving this Distinguished Service Award.”
by Jan Appleby
The Mason County CHC has been quite busy with several projects, some which were completed in 2011 and others that we are continuing to work on. We published the fifth supplement to our 1976 Mason County History book which covers Mason citizens and events that were not covered in the 1976 book. We were involved in the sand mine controversy as our interest lay in the possible detrimental affect the dust and blasting could have on historical sites in the area. We began work on cleaning and restoring the Old Pontotoc Cemetery and trying to identify all the graves that are there. This is a continuing project and we hope to begin work on the Todd Mountain Cemetery and Simmons Cemetery this year. We held our annual Historical Symposium on “Pistol-Packin’ Preachers of the Texas Hill Country” at the MHS Auditorium. We began work on erecting another veterans’ monument which we hope to complete sometime this year. We are collecting names of Mason County veterans whose names are not listed on other monuments on the courthouse lawn. Deadline for turning in names is August 31, 2012 and the cost is $35.00.