The Live Oak County Historical Commission is an organization in Live Oak County which seeks to preserve our county's history. Volunteers appointed by the Live Oak
County Commissioner's Court from all walks of life have 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 will lead to greater cultural, educational, and social understanding for a better world.
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 is 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.
Texas History Education is an all emcompassing lifetime, toddler to elder, project. Children, students, and adults of all ages are encouraged to be active in seeking and sharing knowledge of how individuals, events, resources, and issues shape our county and state. 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, an HTC medallion with title and date stamp is available.
When Cemetery Designation is obtained instead of only a medallion, an Historic Texas Cemetery ((HTC) marker with interpretive text including names orf historic individuals, organizations, and/or events associated with the cemetery may be applied for through the LOCHC Marker Chair, Richard Hudson. HTC medallion is incorporated into the design of the HTC Marker; therefore, the person or organization obtaining the HTC Designation need apply for only one of these: the medallion without text or the marker with text.
Only a marker is needed to make permanently public the historic status of a cemetery which did not receive a marker before the HTC program began. The HTC medallion is the crest of the HTC marker, so the marker carries the medallion symbol of designation and the cemetery's recorded history. The medallion is available if the cemetery only wishes to show the designation, name of the cemetery, and date of origin. If the cemetery was previously awarded a Texas Historical Marker and acquires the new designation to accompany it, they will most likely desire a medallion to accompany the marker.
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 be sure the full application can be reviewed and submitted to the THC within their 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 the process is arduous and takes much time and effort. Once all required information is sent to the THC, they expect a three month turn around.
LOCHC Marker Chair, Richard Hudson, is glad to follow through with HTC marker application. Expect to observe the THC application window followed by THC acceptance or rejection. Final approval comes after one of the THC Board's quarterly meetings that year, then approximately six more weeks are required for marker completion at the foundry.
Oral History Project:
Oral History is an important part of preserving our local, state, national, and international culture and history. As stated on the THC website, "The real record of history is found in the lives of the 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 did are encouraged to visit with the 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 the 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 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 this year for markers to be approved by the THC and installed the following year 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.
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.