Liberty County receives Distinguished Service Award from Texas Historical Commission

Members of the Liberty County Historical Commission are working to gain historic recognition to other cemeteries in Liberty County. On Saturday, April 13, they celebrated the inclusion of two county cemeteries - Abshier Cemetery in Hankamer and Linney-Acie Cemetery in Dayton - to the list of Historic Texas Cemeteries.

The Texas Historical Commission (THC) recognized the Liberty County Historical Commission with a Distinguished Service Award for the 2018 year of service. This annual award affirms County Historical Commissions (CHCs) that document ongoing, well-rounded programs of history and preservation-related projects that enrich the community.

The award will be presented to representatives of the Liberty County Historical Commission during the June 25, 2019, meeting of the Liberty County Commissioners Court.

“The Distinguished Service Award honors County Historical Commissions that go above and beyond to protect and promote local historic and cultural resources. They are essential to our agency’s efforts to save real places that tell the real stories of Texas,” said THC Executive Director Mark Wolfe. “The Texas Historical Commission presents this Distinguished Service Award to the Liberty County Historical Commission to honor its efforts to preserve the Lone Star State’s unique heritage.”

Texas CHCs provided more than 447,000 volunteer hours in 2018, which is an in-kind donation to the state, valued at more than $11 million. The THC assists more than 200 CHCs through programs and services that preserve Texas’ heritage for the education, enjoyment and economic benefit of present and future generations. The THC’s advisory role to CHCs is outlined in the Texas Local Government Code, the statute that enables County Commissioners courts to establish CHCs. The volunteer appointees, as directed by county officials, initiate and conduct programs that preserve the historic and cultural resources of Texas.

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