Live Oak County Historical Commission
Live Oak County Historical Commission

About Live Oak County Historical Commission (LOCHC)

The Live Oak County Historical Commission is an organization in Live Oak County, Texas which seeks to preserve our county's history. Volunteers apply and are appointed by the Live Oak County Commissioner's Court from all walks of life. They come together to jointly improve Live Oak County's historical preservation.

The main goal of Live Oak County Historical Commission is to maintain a sense of community for people who live and work here, those connected to us by history, and people around the world who share common history, goals, and values. We  believe that an increased knowledge of our local history leads to greater cultural, educational, and social understanding for a better world.

Live Oak County Historical Commission Projects

Commission appointees' efforts to sustain historic preservation include numerous national, state, and locally initiated programs. Historical Education is ongoing and embedded in each of the projects below. Projects are listed alphabetically as all are equally important.


Archeological Preservation:


Archeological Preservationis vital to keeping history alive. Preserving endangered historic structures or sites is often laborious, tedious, and expensive, requiring knowledge and skill. All too often historic sites are destroyed through lack of information or misinformation about where they are and how to care for them. LOCHC appointee's work in conjunction with Texas Historical Commission's Archeology Division to protect, and preserve Texas' irrepaceable archeological heritage. Watch this site for information regarding local efforts or contact the LOCHC Archeology Chair, Jim Warren, if you have suggestions, donations, or wish to help.


Education Projects:


Texas History Education is an all emcompassing lifetime, toddler to elder, project. Children, students, and adults of all ages are encouraged to seek and share knowledge of how  individuals, events, resources, and issues shape our county, state, nation, and world. The goal of the education project is to provide incentive learning opportunities to analyze, make inferences and draw conclusions about cultural, historical, and contemporary contexts. The final goal is for all to understand the importance of effective participation and leadership in a democratic society. The LOCHC Education Chair, Bernadette Cardona Gibson,  is constantly looking for opportunities and volunteers who can help inform and educate the public about how the knowledge of history informs our lives.


Historic Texas Cemetery Designation:


Historic Texas Cemetery Designation is a relatively new state initiative. Cemetery associations, descendants or interested persons may obtain information from LOCHC Cemetery Chair, Sherry Kosarek, LOCHC appointees or go to the THC Historic Texas Cemetery Designation (HTC) link provided at the beginning of this paragrah. Historic Texas Cemetery Designation is given to cemeteries more than 50 years old with historical significance. Designation is authorized by the THC Cemetery Program. Designation is an ongoing year-round process. When obtained, a medallion is available if the cemetery only wishes to show historic designation, name of cemetery, and date of origin. 


Once Cemetery Designation is obtained instead of only a medallion, an Historic Texas Cemetery ((HTC) marker with interpretive narrative including historic names of individuals, organizations, and/or events associated with the cemetery may be applied for through the LOCHC Marker Chair, Richard Hudson. The HTC medallion is incorporated into the design of the HTC Marker. The person or organization obtaining HTC Designation need apply for only one: the medallion (without text) or the marker (with medallion and narrative).


The HTC medallion is the crest of the HTC marker. If the cemetery was previously awarded a Texas Historical Marker and acquires designation to accompany it, they will most likely desire a medallion to identify the cemetery as historic. Oakville Cemetery did this. Lagarto Cemetery has not chosen to. They consider the marker as enough.


To obtain the state HTC Marker, the marker window for applications is now April 1 through June 15 annually. Marker candidates are encouraged to present an application to Hudson by April 15 in order to assure full application can be reviewed and submitted to the THC within the application window. Incomplete applications are returned by the THC to the local marker chair. Accepted THC applications are announced after the closed window on June 15. They are approved or rejected by the THC Board of Directors which meets quarterly, third week of January, February, April, and October.


LOCHC Cemetery Chair, Sherry Kosarek, is available to help cemeteries in Live Oak County receive designation even though process is arduous and takes much time and effort. Once all required information is sent to the THC, expect a three month turn around.


LOCHC Marker Chair, Richard Hudson, is glad to follow through with HTC marker application. Expect to observe THC's application window followed by THC acceptance or rejection. Sometime during the next three months, the THC's narrative rendition is sent back to the LOCHC for local approval. Final approval comes after one of the THC Board's quarterly meetings during the twelve month year following quarterly board approval. Approximately six more weeks are required for marker completion and shipping from foundry. Therefore, the process from beginning Designation to narrative marker can easily take from one two years.


Oral History Project:


Oral History is an important part of preserving our local, state, national, and international culture and history. As stated on this website, "The real record of history is found in lives of  ordinary people who lived it. Collecting, preserving and sharing oral histories not only transmits knowledge from one generation to the next, it enhances our understanding of the past by illuminating personal experience."


Oral histories are presented in programs locally at the Dobie West Perrforming Arts Theatre and annual Dobie Dichos Celebration, and at other state and national venues. Local people who currently live in Live Oak County or who once lived here are encouraged to visit with Oral History Chair, Glynis Strause, to see how they can be involved in this ongoing effort.


Texas State Historical Markers:


Texas State Historical Markers regarding persons, organizations, and events stand on our highways and in our towns as permanent historical records protected by state law. Registered Texas Historic Landmarks  (RTHLs) are markers also protected by state law to preserve exterior integrity of historic structures. Historic Texas Cemetery (HTC) markers commemorate our local, state, and national cemeteries. Subject markers commemorate individuals, organizations, places, and events.


Individuals, families or organizations seeking local state historical markers may contact LOCHC Marker Chair, Richard Hudson. Forms are located at the Texas Historical Commission's site. Approval for all markers begins at the county level but rests upon state THC final board approval. Typically the Marker Chair, committee, and sponsor spend months in preparation. The LOCHC Marker Chair, Richard Hudson, then forwards marker applications during the THC application period between April 1 and June 15 for markers to be approved by the THC and installed the following year or more as explained in the HTC marker process above.


Live Oak County Historical Commission Website:


Live Oak County Historical Commission's website is here to share past, present, and upcoming information about the LOCHC. Webmaster, Janis Hudson, welcomes your comments and participation. Share information from these pages with family and friends. Like us on FaceBook and any other social media you enjoy.

Live Oak County Courthouse

The Honorable Jim Huff, County Judge for Live Oak County, welcomes you to the Live Oak County Historical Commission (LOCHC) Website. The Live Oak County Historical Commission is an arm of the Live Oak County Commissioners' Court; appointees are selected at the beginning of odd numbered years and serve two year terms. Judge Huff and the Live Oak County Commissioners support and approve actions of the LOCHC in coordination with the Texas Historical Commission (THC).


Live Oak County Commissioners:

Precinct 1: Richard Lee

Precinct 2: Donna Kopplin Mills

Precinct 3: Willie James

Precinct 4: Emilio Garza

The Commissioner's Court is committed to the preservation of our county's history. Judge Huff and your local commissioner welcome suggestions.

The Honorable Jim Huff, Live Oak County Judge.

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