Hays County Historical Association making history more accessible

New and returning members of the Hays County Historical Commission were recently sworn in by Hays County Judge Bert Cobb. The members posed in the Courthouse rotunda in front of a photo of Jack C. Hays. They include, in alphabetical order, Stephen Austin, Delbert Bassett, Marie Bassett, Sue Cohen, Linda Coker, Jim Cullen, Luanne Cullen, Bonnie Eissler, Matt Floyd, Robert Frizzell, Dorothy Gumbert, Betty Harrison, Shelley Henry, Dr. Carmen Imel, Kate Johnson, Jeff Jordan, Richard Kidd, Jo Landen, SarahAnn Lowther, Ida Miller, Jerry Moore, Marianne Moore, Clemmie New, Joe New, Ofelia Vasquez-Philo, Jude Prather, Ralph Randow, Charlie Willis and Celeste Zygmont. (Courtesy Photo)

STAFF REPORT

The Hays County Historical Commission (HCHC) is planning on premiering the story of the Kuykendall Family and the 101 Ranch – the fifth in a series – in late March, as it continues to create and roll out documentary videos chronicling Hays County’s history.

The commission has recounted the county’s history in documentaries, which include Hays County in World War II; VOX POP – the story of Parks Johnson; Larger than Life – the story of Buck Winn; and Captain Jack – the story of John Coffee Hays.

HCHC also has created a series of oral history documentary videos on people from around the county, as well as published several books.

The HCHC conducts research, places official Texas Historical Markers and surveys and maintains cemeteries, all the while creating documentaries.

The documentaries can be viewed in the Hays County Courthouse Museum on the first and third Saturdays of each month from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and at other times by appointment.

“With this excellent mix of new and experienced members, we’ll be able to continue some important projects and begin new ones,” said HCHC Chair Kate Johnson. “We are restoring the Old Hays County Jail and helping to raise funds for the Kyle Depot. And, we continue to seek items for exhibits in the Hays County Courthouse Museum.”

The commission, which is a voluntary organization, recently took in new members, which were recently sworn in for a two-year term at the county courthouse earlier this month.

HCHC members are charged with preserving the county’s historic and cultural resources and archeological sites, as well as promoting public awareness of the county’s heritage.

The commission’s documentaries and books are available for sale online at www.hayshistoricalcommission.com.

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