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Stories Added - March 2009
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Houston County Historical Commission News
Houston County Courier -  March 2009      

By Maxine Moore
HC Historical Commission

Spring and summer bring about many opportunities for workshops and training sessions. 
We will present several of these at our meeting this month, and we hope that our members will take advantage those that interest them.
We wish to express our thanks to Jolene Renfro for her marvelous program in February. 
She introduced us to some of the remarkable and legendary ladies of Texas.  Her skillful weaving of the tales fascinated each of us.
It seems that no matter how much we study the great history of this state, there is always more to learn.  Jolene truly is a talented teacher, and we hope that she will consent to future presentations.
In February, GPS training was provided to 12 of our members at the Columbia Regional Geospatial Service Center in Nacogdoches.
Our trainer, Charles Ashton, presented a very well planned class on the mechanics of the GPS instrument.
 He then provided hands on practice while we walked a planned course, each of us carrying a GPS.
As we walked, we mapped points on the streets of Nacogdoches. Fran Miles graciously allowed her readings to be used in a printed map when we returned to the office.
We are looking forward to the second training session with excitement and a little less trepidation.
We were delighted to present the recognition from the Texas Historical Commission of the Alabama (Allbright/Chandler) Cemetery as a historic Texas cemetery to the Houston County Commissioners and Judge Lonnie Hunt. 
The Old New Hope Missionary Baptist Church has also been designated thanks to the efforts of Peggy Lee Griffin and others in the Kennard area.
This designation is only given to cemeteries that are over 50 years old and are in danger of being lost to future generations. 
Our RIP cemetery project is going well, and several have volunteered to assist us in our efforts to document and protect specific cemeteries.
Eliza Bishop is in Whitehall Nursing Home in Crockett.  Please keep her in your thoughts and drop by to see her for a moment if you are able or drop her a note.  We continue to be amazed at the evidence in our county of her love for history, her community, and the people in it.
Our meeting this month will be at 2 p.m. Thursday, March 26 in the McConnell Room of Crockett Bank. 
Our program is still in the planning stage.  We hope that you will join us and will bring along a friend.






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