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Walker County Historical
Commission
1301 Sam Houston Ave.
Rm. 218
Huntsville, TX 77340
(Courthouse Annex)

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3rd Monday of each month
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Gibbs-Powell Home
1228 11 St. at Avenue M
Huntsville, TX

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Walker County Historical Commission Regular Meeting November 20, 2017


The Walker County Historical Commission will meet Monday, November 20, 2017, for its regular monthly meeting at the Gibbs-Powell House County Museum, 1228 Eleventh Street (corner of Eleventh Street and Avenue M) at 5:30 p.m. Members are encouraged to attend. The public is invited to attend. For more information on the meeting call 435-2497.

2017-11-12

Walker County Historical Commission Regular Meeting & Presentation, October 16, 2017


The Walker County Historical Commission will meet Monday, October 16, 2017, for its regular monthly meeting at the Gibbs-Powell House County Museum, 1228 Eleventh Street (corner of Eleventh Street and Avenue M) at 5:30 p.m. Richard Lane will give a presentation on the history of Crabbs Prairie through the Reconstruction period. Focusing on physical and human geography, he emphasizes the interconnectedness of local histories and how they overlap with broader experiences. Members are encouraged to attend. The public is invited to attend. For more information on the meeting and presentation, please call 435-2497.

2017-10-10

Presentation and Discussion of Historic Postcards featured in the new book, Walker County: A Postcard History


On October 18, 2017, the Walker County Historical Commission will exhibit and discuss a set of historic postcards that will be included in the organization's new publication Walker County: A Postcard History. The City of Huntsville generously provided funding to support the collection of postcards from Walker County. Librarians at SHSU then digitized the postcards, and a team including Jeffrey L. Littlejohn, James Patton, Donna Coffen, Tom Rogers, Briana Weaver, Jami Horne, Carolyn Carroll, and Brooke Franks met to organize and catalog the cards. This presentation is free and open to the public. It will take place at the Katy and E. Don Walker, Sr. Educational Center at 5:00 p.m. For more information on the event, call 936-435-2497.

2017-10-10

Walker County Historical Commission Regular Meeting September 18, 2017


The Walker County Historical Commission will meet Monday, September 18, 2017, for its regular monthly meeting at the Gibbs-Powell House County Museum, 1228 Eleventh Street (corner of Eleventh Street and Avenue M) at 5:30 p.m. Members are encouraged to attend. The public is invited to attend. For more information on the meeting, call 435-2497.

2017-09-07

Walker County Historical Commission Regular Meeting July 17, 2017


The Walker County Historical Commission will meet Monday, July 17, 2017, for its regular monthly meeting at the Gibbs-Powell House County Museum, 1228 Eleventh Street (corner of Eleventh Street and Avenue M) at 5:30 p.m. Members are encouraged to attend. The public is invited to attend. For more information on the meeting, call 435-2497.

2017-07-13

Walker County Historical Commission Regular Meeting May 15, 2017


The Walker County Historical Commission will meet Monday, May 15, 2017, for its regular monthly meeting at the Gibbs-Powell House County Museum, 1228 Eleventh Street (corner of Eleventh Street and Avenue M) at 5:30 p.m. Members are encouraged to attend. The public is invited to attend. For more information on the meeting, call 435-2497.

2017-05-10

Walker County Historical Commission Regular Meeting April 17, 2017


The Walker County Historical Commission will meet Monday, April 17, 2017, for its regular monthly meeting at the Gibbs-Powell House County Museum, 1228 Eleventh Street (corner of Eleventh Street and Avenue M) at 5:30 p.m. Members are encouraged to attend. The public is invited to attend. For more information on the meeting, call 435-2497.

2017-04-16

Walker County Historical Commission Regular Meeting March 20, 2017


The Walker County Historical Commission will meet Monday, March 20, 2017, for its regular monthly meeting at the Gibbs-Powell House County Museum, 1228 Eleventh Street (corner of Eleventh Street and Avenue M) at 5:30 p.m. Members are encouraged to attend. The public is invited to attend. For more information on the meeting, call 435-2497.

2017-03-19

March 2nd Invitation


The Walker County Historical Commission Sam Houston Memorial Museum Sam Houston Statue and Visitor Center Cordially invite you to celebrate Huntsville’s 36th Annual Texas Independence Day and General Sam Houston Birthday Celebration March 2, 2017 Coffee and Reception 9:15-10:15 a.m. Walker County Museum: Gibbs – Powell House 1228 11th Street Ceremony 11:00 a.m. Oakwood Cemetery – Sam Houston Grave Speaker: The Honorable Mark W. White, 43rd Governor of Texas (1983-1987) Sam Houston Memorial Drive (Avenue I) & 9th Street (Rain site Mance Park Middle School) Baptized Texan Ceremony (during the Gravesite Ceremony) **$15 for T-shirt and Certificate due February 15, 2017** Luncheon 12:30 p.m. W. S. Gibbs Conference Hall Katy & E. Don Walker, Sr. Education Center Sam Houston Memorial Museum 1402 19th Street Lower Level Sam Houston statue dedication during luncheon **$20 - RSVP and payment required by February 25, 2017** “Toast to Texas” and Birthday Cake 2:00 p.m. Sam Houston Statue and Visitor Center 7600 Highway 75 South Special presentation by The Masonic Lodge from North Zulch For more information on reservations and payment, contact Jamie Matthews, City of Huntsville Tourism Department, via email at jmatthews@huntsvilletx.gov or call 936-291-5931. For more details on the schedule, visit www.walkercountyhistory.org, www.samhoustonmemorialmuseum.com, or www.huntsvilletexas.com. For overnight accommodations in Huntsville, visit www.huntsvilletexas.com

2017-02-10

Texas Independence Day & General Sam Houston Birthday Celebration March 2, 2017 RSVP Form


Texas Independence Day & General Sam Houston Birthday Celebration March 2, 2017 RSVP Form Please check all activities that you will be attending and see instructions below for required payment for Luncheon and Baptized Texan T-shirt and Certificate Options. Location Event Time Price ¬¬¬___ Walker County Museum: Gibbs-Powell House Coffee & Reception 9:15-10:15am Free ¬¬¬¬¬¬¬___ Oakwood Cemetery Gravesite Ceremony 11:00am Free ___ Sam Houston Memorial Museum* Luncheon 12:30pm $20.00 Please complete information below. ___ Sam Houston Statue & Visitors Center Toast to Texas & Birthday Cake 2:00pm Free ___ Baptized Texan Ceremony* Gravesite Ceremony (during Gravesite Ceremony) $15.00 *Includes (T-shirt, Certificate, Huntsville gift bag) Shirt Size S____ M_____ L _____XL____ XXL_____ Total _______ Lunch is being prepared by Dickey’s Barbecue Pit from Huntsville Please complete – Please print Name(s) ________________________________________________________________________ Adddress:______________________________________________________________________ Phone: ________________________________________________________________________ Email: _________________________________________________________________________ # Attending Luncheon ___________ Check # ___________ Check Amount _____________ X__________________________________ Signature (All proceeds will benefit the Walker County Historical Commission. No refunds.) *Please RSVP for Luncheon by February 25, 2017 and Baptized Texan by February 15, 2017. Payment ALSO must be mailed to City of Huntsville Tourism Department, Statue Visitor Center, 7600 Hwy 75 South, Huntsville, TX 77340 and received by the deadlines for Lunch and/or Baptized Texan special activities. All other activities are free to the public. For more information on reservations or payment, contact Jamie Matthews, via email at jmatthews@huntsvilletx.gov or by phone to 936-291-5931.

2017-02-10

36th ANNUAL MARCH 2nd CELEBRATIONS IN HUNTSVILLE ANNOUNCED


The Walker County Historical Commission, the Sam Houston Memorial Museum, and the City of Huntsville’s Sam Houston Statue and Visitors Center announce the 36th Annual Texas Independence Day and General Sam Houston’s Birthday Celebration in Huntsville on Thursday, March 2, 2017. The tradition of celebrating March 2nd in Huntsville goes back at least to 1889 when students from the Sam Houston Normal Institute marched to Sam Houston’s grave in celebration of his birthday. This March 2nd, festivities will begin with a Reception from 9:15 a.m. to 10:15 a.m. at the Walker County Museum/Gibbs-Powell House, 1228 11th Street. At 10:00 a.m., the traditional march to Sam Houston’s gravesite at Oakwood Cemetery will commence at Austin Hall (located on the campus of Sam Houston State University) and proceed to the grave by means of University Avenue led by the SHSU ROTC, with the support of the SHSU History Club, and members of the student body, faculty, staff, and administration. A special ceremony will take place at 11:00 a.m. to honor General Sam Houston at his gravesite in Oakwood Cemetery (Sam Houston Memorial Drive at 9th Street). This year’s featured speaker is The Honorable Mark W. White, 43rd Governor of Texas (1983-1987). The gravesite ceremony will also include special music, the laying of wreaths, and a “Baptized Texan Ceremony.” As featured in the March 2013 issue of Texas Highways magazine, being “baptized” as a Texan at Sam Houston’s gravesite on Texas Independence Day is a way for non-Native Texans to enhance their Lone Star credentials. In case of inclement weather, the gravesite ceremony will be held in the HISD Support and Learning Center on the west end of the Mance Park Middle School campus. Immediately following the ceremony is a Luncheon at 12:30 p.m. at the W.S. Gibbs Conference Hall, Katy & E. Don Walker, Sr. Education Center, 1402 19th Street. The celebration continues at the Sam Houston Statue and Visitors Center with a “Toast to Texas” at 2:00 p.m. This particular event will include birthday cake and a presentation by The Masonic Lodge from North Zulch. Reservations are required for both the “Baptized Texan Ceremony” (RSVP by February 15) and for the Luncheon (RSVP by February 25). For more information on reservations and payment, please contact Jamie Matthews via email at jmatthews@huntsvilletx.gov or call 936-291-5931. For more details on the March 2nd schedule of events visit www.walkercountyhistory.org, www.samhoustonmemorialmuseum.com, or www.huntsvilletexas.com. Be sure to catch coverage of last year’s March 2nd events on the upcoming episode of The Texas Bucket List with Shane McAuliffe. For the Bryan/College Station area, the program will air on KBTX (CBS) on Saturday, February 25th at 6:30 p.m., and for the Houston area, on KPRC (NBC) on Sunday, February 26th at 5:00 p.m. For additional stations and viewing times please visit http://thetexasbucketlist.com/where-to-watch/.

2017-02-09

Walker County Historical Commission Regular Meeting February 20, 2017


The Walker County Historical Commission will meet Monday, February 20, 2017, for its regular monthly meeting at the Walker County Museum/Gibbs-Powell House, 1228 Eleventh Street (corner of Eleventh Street and Avenue M) at 5:30 p.m. Gary L. Pinkerton will give a talk on his book Trammel’s Trace: The First Road to Texas from the North, followed by a book signing. Published by TAMU Press, his book examines the history of the first trail into Spanish Texas from the North, a smuggler’s route turned immigration passage used by Sam Houston, David Crockett, and James Bowie. Members are encouraged to attend. The public is invited to attend. For more information on the meeting and presentation, please call 435-2497.

2017-02-06

Walker County Historical Commission Regular Meeting January 16, 2017


The Walker County Historical Commission will meet Monday, January 16, 2017, for its regular monthly meeting at the Gibbs-Powell House County Museum, 1228 Eleventh Street (corner of Eleventh Street and Avenue M) at 5:30 p.m. Members are encouraged to attend. The public is invited to attend. For more information on the meeting, call 435-2497.

2017-01-13

Parade Posponed - Front Porch Watching on Dec. 17


The public is invited to the front porch of the Gibbs-Powell House – Walker County Museum, 1228 Eleventh Street, corner of Avenue M and Eleventh Street, to watch the Lion’s Club Christmas Parade, December 17, 2016 beginning at 6 p.m. Please bring a chair or blanket. The house will be open for tours, Christmas decorations, and Christmas refreshments through the end of the parade. The special exhibit of Russian and Ukrainian toys, art and fabrics will be on display on December 5 for historic home tours and on December 10 and December 17 when house is open noon to 4 p.m. The regular meeting will be on December 19, with a short meeting with attendees requested to bring something to share at the Christmas party immediately following. Please pass this information on.

2016-12-02

Walker County Historical Commission Regular Meeting November 21, 2016


The Walker County Historical Commission will meet Monday, November 21, 2016, for its regular monthly meeting at the Gibbs-Powell House Walker County Museum, 1228 Eleventh Street (corner of Eleventh Street and Avenue M) at 5:30 p.m. Members are encouraged to attend. The public is invited to attend. For more information on the meeting, call 435-2497.

2016-11-20

Gibbs-Powell House Walker County Museum December 3-4 Activities


The public is invited to the front porch of the Gibbs-Powell House – Walker County Museum, 1228 Eleventh Street, corner of Avenue M and Eleventh Street, to watch the Lion’s Club Christmas Parade, December 3, 2016 beginning at 6 p.m. Please bring a chair or blanket. The house will be open for tours, Christmas decorations, and Christmas refreshments through the end of the parade. On December 4, enjoy touring the home as part of the Historic Homes Tour from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. and the special exhibit of Russian and Ukrainian toys, art and fabrics on display during the holidays.

2016-11-20

Gibbs Powell House Walker County Museum Special Exhibit Grand Opening


A special exhibit of Russian and Ukrainian toys, art and fabrics opens at the Gibbs-Powell House Walker County Museum on Sunday, December 4 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., and will remain on display December 10 and December 17 from noon to 4 p.m. Special traditional refreshments will be served at the opening.

2016-11-20

Broyles Chapel Church Historical Marker Dedication


The Walker County Historical Commission announces the dedication on October 23, 2016 of the Broyles Chapel Missionary Baptist Church Historical Marker at 2:30 p.m.in Riverside Texas on Lake Road. The public is invited to attend. For more information regarding the dedication please call 936-435-2497 or 936-438-1400. For directions to the church, please call Rev. Massey at 936-577-845

2016-10-13

SRT Marks Houston Presidency Anniversary at Gravesite


The Sons of the Republic of Texas are attempting to do more to commemorate the Presidents of the Republic. October 22nd will be Sam Houston's 180th Anniversary of his induction as president. Various Chapters will be here involved with the ceremony in Huntsville. They would like DRTs to join with them. Our Honorable Mayor Andy Brauninger and County Judge, Danny Pierce will read a proclamation.

2016-10-13

Yellow Fever Historical Marker Dedication


The Walker County Historical Commission announces the dedication on November 5, 2016 of the Yellow Fever Marker at 10 a.m. in Oakwood Cemetery on the long walk next to the General Sam Houston Gravesite; follow the signs. The public is invited to attend. Reception to follow in Gillaspie Park, weather permitting, or at the Gibbs-Powell House Walker County Museum, 1228 Eleventh Street (Corner of Avenue M and Eleventh Street. For more information regarding the dedication please call 936-435-2497 or 936-438-1400.

2016-10-13

Walker County Historical Commission Regular Meeting October 17, 2016


The Walker County Historical Commission will meet Monday, October 17, 2016, for its regular monthly meeting at the Gibbs-Powell House Walker County Museum, 1228 Eleventh Street (corner of Eleventh Street and Avenue M) at 5:30 p.m. Sam Harper will speak about his great great grandfather, Capt Benjamin Ingram Harper who fought at the Siege of Bexar and Battle of San Jacinto, who died at his home place in Kittrell Community, Walker County in 1863. A book signing will follow for Sam Harper’s two books entitled Bound to Texas & Bound to Texas II. Members are encouraged to attend. The public is invited to attend. For more information on the meeting, call 435-2497.

2016-10-06

Walker County Historical Commission Preservation Award


The Walker County Historical Commission will present a Preservation Award to Marty Reeder, Kung Fu and Yoga Studio for adaptive reuse of a dated and distressed older commercial property on Friday, September 30. The reception will be held at 927 Sam Houston Avenue from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. with the award presentation at 5 p.m. Refreshments will be served. The public is invited to attend. For more information on the award, call 295-6127.

2016-08-30

Walker County Historical Commission Regular Meeting September 19, 2016


The Walker County Historical Commission will meet Monday, September 19, 2016, for its regular monthly meeting at the Gibbs-Powell House Walker County Museum, 1228 Eleventh Street (corner of Eleventh Street and Avenue M) at 5:30 p.m. Members are encouraged to attend. The public is invited to attend. For more information on the meeting, call 435-2497.

2016-08-30

Branch Railway Marker Dedication Set for May 7


The Walker County Historical Commission announces the dedication on May 7, 2016 of the Huntsville Branch Railway Historic Texas Subject Marker at 10 a.m. at the corner of 14th Street and University Avenue. The public is invited to attend. For more information regarding the dedication please call 936-435-2497 or 936-438-1400.

2016-04-26

WCHC April Meeting


The Walker County Historical Commission will meet Monday, April 18, 2016, for its regular monthly meeting at the Gibbs-Powell House County Museum, 1228 Eleventh Street (corner of Eleventh Street and Avenue M) at 5:30 p.m. Author and historian, Dr. Caroline Castillo Crimm will speak on “Stephen F. Austin: The Father of Texas and His Contracts with Mexico.”

2016-04-13

February Meeting


The Walker County Historical Commission will meet Monday, February 15, 2016, at 5:30 p.m. for a special program in commemoration of Black History month. The meeting will be held at the Samuel Walker Houston Museum & Cultural Center, 1604 Tenth Street. Speaker Dr. Marilyn Byrd will share historical information from her extensive research of the Southend Cemetery. The program also includes stories by Lajuana Glaze and Gloria Jones about “Growing Up in The Flat.” Members are encouraged to attend. The public is invited to attend to learn more about the activities of the Commmission. For more information on the meeting, call 435-2497 or 438-1400.

2016-02-11

35th ANNUAL MARCH 2 CELEBRATIONS IN HUNTSVILLE ANNOUNCED


Huntsville, TX --- The Walker County Historical Commission, the Sam Houston Memorial Museum, and the Sam Houston Statue and Visitors Center announce the 35th Annual Texas Independence Day and General Sam Houston’s Birthday Celebration in Huntsville on Wednesday, March 2, 2016. Festivities get under way on March 2 with a coffee and reception from 9:15 a.m. to 10:15 a.m. at the Gibbs-Powell House Walker County Museum, 1228 11th Street. Around 10:15 a.m. the traditional march to Sam Houston’s gravesite at Oakwood Cemetery will assemble at Austin Hall, located on the campus of Sam Houston State University, and proceed to Sam Houston’s grave along University Avenue led by the SHSU ROTC and students. A special ceremony will take place at 11:00 a.m. to honor General Sam Houston at his gravesite in Oakwood Cemetery, Sam Houston Memorial Drive and 9th Street. This year’s featured speaker is Denton Florian, Executive Director of the Sam Houston Project. He is a native Texan and graduate of both The University of Texas at Austin and Texas State University. In addition to his work in the private and nonprofit sectors in operations, team building and organization change, he has pursued his lifelong interest in early American history. He organized and led the team that produced the celebrated documentary, Sam Houston, which won five EMMY Awards. The film, the web site, and the assets represent the largest collection of digital information on Sam Houston’s life that has ever been assembled. From this background of research, he will speak on “Why Sam Houston Matters.” During the gravesite ceremony there will be the “Baptized Texan Ceremony.” This tradition will continue as featured in Texas Highways in March 2013 as a way for non-Native Texans to burnish their Lone Star credentials by being “baptized” as a Texan at Sam Houston’s gravesite on Texas Independence Day. Reservation and payment required by February 15. In case of inclement weather, the gravesite ceremony will be held at Mance Park Middle School located near Oakwood Cemetery. Immediately following the ceremony is a buffet luncheon at 12:30 p.m. at the Gibbs Conference Hall, Katy & E. Don Walker, Sr. Education Center, 1402 19th Street. Reservation and payment are also required for the luncheon by February 25. Then the day will culminate at 2:00 p.m. at the Sam Houston Statue and Visitors Center with a “Toast to Texas” and Birthday Cake and a special commemorative award. The tradition of celebrating March 2 in Huntsville stems back to 1889 when students from the Sam Houston Normal Institute would march to General Sam Houston’s grave. “This annual event continued for almost until 1971. It was almost always done by the student body at Sam Houston, several times the Governor would come, a big celebration in 1936, again in 1986 for the 150th of Texas, and another big event in 1993 for the 200th of General Sam Houston’s birthday. It has grown over the years and many of the descendants of General and Margaret L. Houston attend each year. It is always a fun day as well as observing a great day in Texas!” said James Patton with the Walker County Historical Commission. In 1981 the Walker County Historical Commission began sponsoring March 2 events through a program called “Texas Heritage Days.” In the last couple of years students from Sam Houston State University with the help of the ROTC and History department have continued the tradition of marching to Sam’s grave. Reservations are required for the “Baptized Texan Ceremony” by February 15 and for the luncheon by February 25, 2016. For more information on reservations and payment please contact Jamie Matthews at jmatthews@huntsvilletx.gov via email or call 291-5931. For more details on the March 2nd schedule of events visit www.walkercountyhistory.org, www.samhoustonmemorialmuseum.com or www.huntsvilletexas.com.

2016-01-22

Walker County Historical Commission Regular Meeting October 19, 2015


The Walker County Historical Commission will meet Monday, October 19, 2015, for its regular monthly meeting at the Gibbs-Powell House County Museum, 1228 Eleventh Street (corner of Eleventh Street and Avenue M) at 5:30 p.m. Members are encouraged to attend. The public is invited to attend. For more information on the meeting, call 435-2497.

2015-10-19

Regular Meeting, July 20


The Walker County Historical Commission will meet Monday, July 20, 2015, for its regular monthly meeting at the Gibbs-Powell House County Museum, 1228 Eleventh Street (corner of Eleventh Street and Avenue M) at 5:30 p.m. Dr. Lila Rakoczy, local historian and archeologist, will give a presentation from her extensive research about African American veterans of Walker County who served in World War I. Members are encouraged to attend. The public is invited to attend. For more information on the meeting, call 435-2497.

2015-07-15

Walker County Historical Commission Regular Meeting April 20, 2015


The Walker County Historical Commission will meet Monday, April 20, 2015, for its regular monthly meeting at the Gibbs-Powell House County Museum, 1228 Eleventh Street (corner of Eleventh Street and Avenue M) at 5:30 p.m. Members are encouraged to attend. The public is invited to attend.

2015-04-13

34th Annual Texas Independence Day and Sam Houston Birthday Celebration March 2


The Walker County Historical Commission, Sam Houston Memorial Museum, and the Sam Houston Statue and Visitors Center announce the 34th Annual Texas Independence Day and General Sam Houston’s Birthday Celebration. On Monday, March 2, a coffee and reception will be held at the Gibbs-Powell House Walker County Museum, 1228 Eleventh Street from 9 a.m. to 10:15 a.m., followed by the Gravesite Ceremony at 11 a.m. at General Sam Houston’s gravesite in Oakwood Cemetery, Sam Houston Memorial Drive (9th Street and Avenue I). A buffet luncheon will be held at 12:30 a.m. at the W.S. Gibbs Conference Hall in the Katy & E. Don Walker, Sr. Education Center, 1402 19th Street, reservation and payment required by February 25. The “Toast to Texas” and General Sam’s Birthday Cake will be held at the Sam Houston Statue and Visitor Center, 7600 Highway 75 South at 2 p.m., followed by the dedication of the Gene Pipes Amphitheater. The featured speaker at the Sam Houston gravesite will be Dr. Alan Lefever, Baylor University, with special ceremonies and music to honor General Sam Houston. In case of rain, the gravesite event will be held in the Mance Park Auditorium. During the ceremony there will be the Baptized Texan Ceremony, reservation and payment also required by February 25. Call 936-435-2497 for more information and reservation materials. All events are open to the public with reservations and payment required by February 25 for the luncheon and Baptized Texan Ceremony.

2015-02-05

March 2 Invitation and Reservation Forms


Download the forms for the March 2 Texas Independence Day and Gen. Sam Houston\'s Birthday Program by clicking on the links below:

Invitation Reservation Form

2015-02-05

Walker County Historical Commission Meeting February 16, 2015


In commemoration of Black History Month, the Walker County Historical Commission will meet Monday, February 16, 2015, for its regular monthly meeting at the Samuel Walker Houston Museum and Cultural Center, 1604 Tenth Street at 5:30 p.m. On the agenda, an update will be given regarding the progress of the development of the Samuel Walker Houston Training School site location west of Huntsville on Hwy 30 and information on the resources available at the Samuel Walker Houston Museum and Cultural Center. Members are encouraged to attend. The public is invited to attend. For more information call 435-2497.

2015-01-25

January Meeting


The Walker County Historical Commission will meet Monday, January 19, 2015, for its annual meeting to present the WCHC Annual Report for 2014 and discuss other organizational matters at the Gibbs Powell House County Museum, 1228 Eleventh Street (corner of Eleventh Street and Avenue M) at 5:30 p.m. Members are encouraged to attend. The public is invited to attend.

2015-01-13

Christmas Parade Watching – Porch of the Gibbs-Powell House


The public is invited to the front porch of the Gibbs-Powell House, 1228 Eleventh Street, corner of Avenue M and Eleventh Street, to watch the Lion’s Club Christmas Parade, December 6, 2014. Please bring a chair or blanket, starting around 6:15 p.m. The house will be open for tours and Christmas refreshments through the end of the parade.

2014-12-04

December Meeting and Christmas Party


We anticipate being to a point in the restoration that we will be meeting at the house for the December 15 short business meeting and party following. Please bring something to share for that evening.

2014-12-04

Other Christmas Season Events


1. On Saturday, December 6 the Houston Family Christmas at the Sam Houston Memorial Museum will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., the Angel Show in at Walker Education Center, the downtown Christmas Fair from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. with arts and crafts vendors and children\'s events in Rather Park. 2. On Sunday, December 7, the Gibbs-Powell House will be part of the Holiday Historic Homes Tours. from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. The house will be decorated for Christmas, including Christmas toys and the wonderful Huntsville Garden Club decorations. Please encourage people to come to this annual event. Other participating venues are the Wynne Home, the Joshua Houston, Jr. Home, and the Texas Arts Museum. Refreshments will be served at the venues and tours provided. 3. Please patronize downtown businesses December 4, 11, and 18, with their Late Night Thursdays. Participating businesses will be open until 7 p.m. around the square. In addition to extending shopping hours, participating businesses are collecting non-perishable food items and donations for the Sam Houston State University Food Pantry, the Senior Center, and Good Shepherd Mission. See the attached flyer for Late Night Thursdays and also a suggested list of items to give to any food pantry. I found that helpful. 4. Check the Huntsville Item for Best Bets activities for this coming weekend and the rest of the holiday season.

2014-12-04

Buck Foster Cemetery Marker Dedicated


A dedication ceremony of an Historic Texas Cemetery Marker was held on October 25, 2014 at the Buck Foster Cemetery, 33 Morgan Spur. Designation as an Historic Texas Cemetery requires research and review of the historical and cultural significance of the cemetery, provided in a narrative history of the cemetery and other documentation to obtain designation as an Historic Texas Cemetery (HCT) as well as approval of the marker, as required by the Texas Historical Commission. The historic cemetery designation program was developed in 1998 to protect historic cemeteries by recording cemetery boundaries in county deed records to alert present and future owners of land adjacent to the cemetery of its existence. While every county in Texas has at least one cemetery designated as a Historic Texas Cemetery, the Buck Foster Cemetery is the fifth recognized cemetery in Walker County, previous designations given to Union Hill, Oakwood Cemetery, Ebenezer Cemetery and Capt. Joe Byrd Cemetery. A cemetery is eligible for designation if it is at least 50 years old and demonstrates significance of a family’s and community’s presence in an historical context. The research for the Buck Foster Cemetery plaque relates the story of William Harrison “Buck” Foster’s sale of 100 acres of land in 1882 to W.L. Sandel, reserving one acre for a cemetery. Even prior to this sale, the land was used as a burial ground with hundreds of burials serving the rural communities of Loma, Gladstone, and New Hope. The narrative presented to the Texas Historic Commission as part of the historic designation and marker process, as well as a map of the burial sites, preserves significant information about early settlers, such as Norris Foster, Sr., arriving in 1842 from Louisiana to farm fertile river bottom land at the headwaters of the San Jacinto River. His son, William Harrison “Buck” Foster, was 7 years old when the family moved from Louisiana. The historical research discovered one of the earliest marked tombstones of Nancy Gibson McCulloch Heath, whose sandstone marker is presently housed at the Walker County Historical Museum, Gibbs-Powell House in Huntsville Texas. One-half Choctaw and one-half German, Nancy came to Texas from Illinois in 1845 with her husband, Samuel David McCulloch and two children. After her husband died in 1848, after the birth of three more children, Nancy married her neighbor, William Heath, and seven sons were born. During the Civil War, Nancy ran the farm with her sons until her husband returned from Company E 4th regiment of Texas State Troops. The oldest marked tombstone in Buck Foster Cemetery marks the grave of William McCulloch, Nancy and David’s son. Many of Nancy’s descendants are buried in the cemetery.

2014-11-14

Walker County Historical Commission Regular Meeting November 17, 2014


The Walker County Historical Commission will meet Monday, November 17, 2014, for its regular monthly meeting at the Walker County Annex, 1301 Sam Houston Avenue (use the south door entrance) at 5:30 p.m., due to restoration project at the Gibbs-Powell House Walker County Museum. Members are encouraged to attend. The public is invited to attend.

2014-11-14

Walker County Historical Commission Regular Meeting October 20, 2014 – CHANGE OF LOCATION


The Walker County Historical Commission will meet Monday, October 20, 2014, for its regular monthly meeting at the Walker County Annex, 1301 Sam Houston Avenue (use the south door entrance) at 5:30 p.m. Members are encouraged to attend. The public is invited to attend.

2014-10-14

Walker County Historical Commission Regular Meeting September 15, 2014


The Walker County Historical Commission will meet Monday, September 15, 2014, for its regular monthly meeting at the Gibbs Powell House County Museum, 1228 Eleventh Street (corner of Eleventh Street and Avenue M) at 5:30 p.m. Aron Kulhavy, Community and Economic Development Director and Lindsay Lauher, Historic Preservation Officer, will speak about the newly-formed Historic Preservation Commission for the City of Huntsville. Members are encouraged to attend. The public is invited to attend.

2014-09-01

May Meeting Set


The Walker County Historical Commission will meet Monday, May 19, 2014, for its regular monthly meeting at the Gibbs Powell House County Museum, 1228 Eleventh Street (corner of Eleventh Street and Avenue M) at 5:30 p.m. Members are encouraged to attend. The public is invited to attend.

2014-05-19

Joe Byrd Cemetery Historical Marker Dedication


The Walker County Historical Commission announces the dedication on May 5, 2014 of the Historic Texas Cemetery Designation Marker at 10 a.m. at the Joe Byrd Cemetery at 366 Bowers Boulevard. The public is invited to attend. For more information regarding the dedication please contact Donna Coffen, Historical Marker Chairman of the Walker County Historical Commission at 936-435-2497 or 935-438-1400.

2014-04-19

April Meeting Set


The Walker County Historical Commission will meet Monday, April 21, 2014, for its regular monthly meeting at the Gibbs Powell House County Museum, 1228 Eleventh Street (corner of Eleventh Street and Avenue M) at 5:30 p.m. Members are encouraged to attend. The public is invited to attend.

2014-04-19

March Meeting Set


The Walker County Historical Commission will meet Monday, March 17, 2014, for its regular monthly meeting at the Gibbs Powell House County Museum, 1228 Eleventh Street (corner of Eleventh Street and Avenue M) at 5:30 p.m. A notice was given at the February 17, 2014, for a vote on proposed bylaws to be taken at this meeting in addition to other regular business. Members are encouraged to attend. The public is invited to attend.

2014-03-11

Texas Independence Day and Sam Houston Birthday Celebration Weekend - March 1-2


The Walker County Historical Commission, Sam Houston Memorial Museum, and the Sam Houston Statue and Visitors Center announce a celebration of Texas Independence Day and General Sam Houston's Birthday with a weekend of activities. On Saturday, March 1 there will a panel discussion on the Cherokee Tennessee -Texas Connection, at the Sam Walker Education Center from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. A Wine and Cheese Reception will be held at the Sam Houston Statue and Visitor Center 5:00 - 6:30 p.m., featuring music and storytelling. On Sunday, March 2 there will be a buffet luncheon at 11:30 a.m. at the Walker Education Center in the S.S. Gibbs Conference Hall, with the "Toast to Texas" and General Sam's Birthday Cake at 12:30 p.m.. The Gravesite Ceremony will begin at 2 p.m. at General Sam Houston's gravesite in Oakwood Cemetery, 9th Street and Avenue I. The featured speaker will be the State of Texas historian, Dr. Bill O'Neal, with special ceremonies and music to honor General Sam Houston. The ceremony will be preceded by the traditional March to the Gravesite, starting at Austin College at 1:15 p.m, proceeding along University Avenue. In case of rain, the gravesite event will be held in the Mance Park Auditorium. Following the gravesite ceremony will be the Texas Baptism Ceremony and tours of Oakwood Cemetery. A special exhibit of correspondence between Sam and Margaret Houston and a Texas Revolution Scavenger Hunt will be available in the Sam Houston Memorial Main Museum Rotunda on both Saturday and Sunday. Call 936-800-289-0389 (Jamie Matthews at Sam Houston Statute and Visitors Center) for more information and reservation materials. All events are open to the public with reservations and fees for the Wine and Cheese reception on Saturday, the luncheon on Sunday, and the Texas Baptism Ceremony.

2014-01-30

Markers Google Map Now Available


The location of Walker County historical markers are now shown on a google map. To access the map, select "Historical Markers" from the main menu and then click on the "Display Markers Map" link at the top of the Markers page. You may need to use the '+' slider and drag the map to view markers that are located very close to each other. Click on the marker pin to display the title, and click the title to be taken to the page for that marker.

2013-11-17

Marker Q & A from Webinar


THC has compiled a list of the questions and answers that were discussed at the August 8 webinar. These can be downloaded at the following link: Q & A Download
2013-08-15

THC Historical Marker Webinar Now Online


THC has made available a recording of its recent online seminar on the historical marker process. You can find the seminar at the following URL:
https://www4.gotomeeting.com/register/782147215

2013-08-12