The Mason County Historical Society met on Tuesday evening August 5th. We had much to celebrate.
Dolores Keller reminded us that this is the 50th anniversary of the historical society in Mason County. It was formed to help gather information and prepare for the Centennial celebration in 1958. Many people have participated through the years, and now it is up to us to continue the worthy work.
Proudly displayed were the grand prize trophy and other recognition of our Sesquicentennial parade float, its depicting 150 years of history. The many pictures showed detailed construction for the theme, "From a diamond in the rough to the GEM of the Hill Country". Creativity and teamwork helped to reach our goal.
We recognized the board members who have fulfilled their terms- Al Dreyer, Lou Fleming, Van Rea and Lee Graham--thanking them for all they have done. Then we welcomed our new board members, Andy Delcuze, Rosemary Davis, Judy Schoenfeld, and Charles Eckert. We have a great board, and, with the help of the general membership, we can continue to serve Mason County with our efforts to preserve the past while looking to the future.
The program was the history of Mason County as reflected through 150 years of commerce. Glimpses through that time showed not only businesses and people, but also the progression of the cultural and social changes with ever in creasing inventions and technology.
There were three people with us who deserved special recognition. One was Jan Appleby, who spent hours and hours of her time planning and overseeing implementation of our Sesquicentennial events. Another was Jane Hoerster, chairman of our Mason County Historical Commission. She has spent years keeping our archives, directing research, overseeing historical markers, and storing in her brain and sharing an immense amount of Mason County history. The third was Gerry Gamel, the editor of the Mason County News. He has graciously printed history, history, and more history since the first week of January. Those issues have educated us all years, and the contents will be priceless in the years to come for those interested in maintaining knowledge for ourselves and future generation. Indeed, these people are some of Mason's greatest resources.
Besides overseeing our two fine museums and the Fort Mason site, the Historical Society fulfills other functions, also. We have dreams of more projects in the years ahead. We do need your undergirding. If you have not filled out an application for annual membership this month, please contact Charles Pluenneke at 347-5581.