13310 Highway 305 · P.O. Box 5
Lipscomb, Texas 79056
October 26, 2008
WOLF CREEK HERITAGE MUSEUM NOTES
by Virginia Scott
IN LAST WEEK'S COLUMN, I ANNOUNCED A NOVEMBER FUNDRAISER. WELL, WE ARE AFRAID THAT FATHER WINTER IS ARRIVING TOO SOON AND HAVE DECIDED TO DELAY THE EVENT UNTIL SPRING. SO STAY TUNED AND LOOK FOR AN ANNOUNCEMENT IN APRIL.
Eight done and One to go. With the dedication of the historic marker at Kiowa Cemetery on Sunday, all are cemeteries have their historical markers in place and dedicated by the citizens of Lipscomb County. The Kiowa Cemetery Dedication was led by Barry Schoenhals and Rev. John Vickers of the Lutheran Church. A crowd of about 30 people braved the fall chilly wind to visit one of Lipscomb County oldest cemeteries and to recognize our early families. Relatives of the Littaus and Bechtolds were in attendance. The cemetery is located southeast of Booker on County Road I.
This week is change week. One exhibit comes down and a new exhibit goes up. This process usually takes about two weeks to get everything done. It is the end of year and this will be our last exhibit and will feature Holiday Quilts by our local quilters. This promises to be a beautiful exhibit.
We will be mailing out our newsletter this week . This is a newsletter for members only. If you did not renew your membership, you will not be receiving a newsletter. I will tell what day we mailed the newsletter out next week so if you don't receive one you will know. Membership renewals were sent out in April.
The Lipscomb County Historical Commission (LCHC) was initially appointed by the county judge in 1976 and every two years since then our county judge with the approval of the County Commissioners appoints the commission. The list of members is sent to the Texas Historical Commission. The commission is charged with the identification and preservation of the historical assets of the county. Present members of the LCHC are Verle Woods, Darrouzett, Chair ; Mildred Becker, Follett;Dorothy Schoenhals, Secretary, Follett; Georgia Couch, Follett; Willis Smith, County Judge, Higgins; Joanne Watson, Higgins; Lane Hill, Darrouzett; Pat Hout, Booker; Cindy Durfey, Darrouzett; Kellie Kjos, Lipscomb; Virginia Scott, Lipscomb; Jean Schoenhals, Lipscomb. We have openings for Higgins and Booker. Call Willis Smith or the museum if interested.
We are responsible for reporting our efforts to the Texas Historical Commission each year. The museum reports to the LCHC and is considered the Board for the Museum. The museum was named in 1986 as the Wolf Creek Heritage Museum and serves as the core for the LCHC activities. With the museum as the nonprofit arm of the LCHC , we can obtain grants for our activities. The LCHC has had two newsletters to communicate its mission and activities to Lipscomb County citizens and other individuals. The first newsletter was titled the "Lipscomb Heritage" and the first issue was published in June 1988. There was an editor appointed from each town. Marki Laughlin, Higgins; Betty Ruth Beard, Lipscomb; Hazel Lockhart, Booker; Alberdine Wilhite, Follett; and Bessie Lee Duke, Darrouzett. Ben Boren of the Booker News printed the paper. They published every three months for four years. The last issue was in Spring, 1992. These newsletters are a wealth of historical articles documenting our history. We have printed these papers as a book and it is for sell in the museum gift shop.
The current newsletters reports the activities of museum and the LCHC. We would like to include articles on the history of the county especially covering the county from the 1950's to present. We invite representatives from each town (a great project for you middle and high school journalists) to send us interviews and histories of your town from 1950 to now. Any topic would be welcomed. Assist your LCHC representative with your history and your input for our goals and priorities.
This is the time of the year that we summarize the year and set goals for next year. Help us preserve our history and heritage.
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