Tyler County Historical Commission: preserving cultural resources
By Chuck Davidson
Do you know that the Tyler County Historical Commission (TCHC) exists because of state legislature approval back in 1963 giving authority to the county judge to appoint a “County Historical Survey Committee? This was amended in 1987 of Local Government Code Title 10, Subtitle B, Chapter 318, Subchapter A, Section 318.002, where the commissioners court of a county could appoint a county historical commission? The purpose: for the preservation of the county’s historic cultural resources.
The TCHC currently has 14 members appointed in the fall of 2021 to serve two-year terms and we do have two vacancies.
The Tyler County court has submitted members names and addresses to the Texas Historical Commission, thus we fall under the leadership of TC Commissioner’s Court and the states Historical Commission. All members must have an interest in historic preservation as well as an interest and understanding of local history and resources.
TCHC meets once a month, normally at noon on the second Tuesday in the county courthouse, with the Booster giving us an ad each week reminding readers of our existence and next meeting details. We do welcome visitors at any public meeting and do maintain a website: www.tylercoutyhc.org which gives a good overview of what we do and has most of the historical resources in Tyler County.
As you may know, our recent focus has been on the 1891 courthouse, with its 1937 addition, holding several galas and raising funds to help the county with the state’s approval in its efforts to restore it.
TCHC recently gave the county $34,000 which was used to pay for most of the doors found now in the courthouse and continue to be involved in the appearance of the courthouse.
TCHC looks forward to the future restoring of the clock and bell tower on the courthouse.
We continue to work on resource identification such as cemeteries and historic buildings, and periodically write articles of historic interest in the Booster, while our website contains material and resources useful to both educators and anyone interested in TC history. We are partially funded by the county, along with sales of various books and items such as knives found at the Heritage Village Museum gift store and at Sullivan’s Hardware store in Woodville.
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