Barbara Westbrook, award-winning vice chair of the Atascosa County Historical Commission, gave a presentation as the LOCHC continued its drive to sort through bylaws and member lists to reflect a renewed drive toward preserving county history. The organization, which went dormant in the 1970s, regrouped in 2011.
As part of the reorganization, Roberta Dobie, vice chair of the commission, resigned her position Monday to become the organization's official secretary—primarily for the purpose of ensuring the upcoming meetings were well-documented. There are currently 21 active members.
During Westbrook's comments to the group of more than 20 who gathered at the Buck West House, she noted that, as of the year 2011, 252 out of the 254 Texas Counties had historical commissions—totaling about 418,922 worked volunteer hours.
She said the preservation of old Texas cemeteries is more important now than ever.
"We want to get maps correctly labeled and avoid crazy misspellings," she said.
Members on Monday also took the time to recognize incoming chair Leslie Walker. Walker in turn lauded the service of departing chairperson Sue Denniston.
Live Oak County Judge Jim Huff was on hand at the meeting to thank members for making time on Martin Luther King Jr. Day to attend the meeting.
"We really appreciate the hard work that has gone on in the past, and we look forward to exciting things in the future," he said.
The next meeting of the Live Oak County Historical Commission is 10 a.m. Feb. 24 at the Buck West House.