SPI Historical Preservation Committee begins Oral History project

Special to the PRESS

The Historic Preservation Committee met last week for their first meeting since January. The committee used the time to review previous plans and set goals for the year.

Chairman Steve Hathcock was recently elected as Chairman of the Cameron County Historical Commission and will continue to be a liaison between the two committees. He announced that the county commission hosted a Sesquicentennial Salute to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the last land battle of the American Civil War, which was fought May 12-13, 1865 at Palmito Ranch.

The committee addressed previously set goals, which included a Wall of Honor at City Hall, events ideas, and cleaning of the Island’s historical markers. With so much time between meetings, members wanted to follow up on projects and tie up loose strings. In regards to future events, committee members considered hosting an event like Pirate Days, which they had done in 1993 and again two years later, but they determined that the Parks, Recreation, and Beautification Committee was currently responsible for hosting those type of events. They agreed that a partnership between committees would be beneficial for such instances and decided to get in touch with Parks Committee Chair Jody Hughes and to have a member attend their meetings. In addition, new committee member Joe Townsend took on the task of surveying the plaques and historical markers on the Island, all of which are in need of cleaning, and preparing a presentation for members at the next meeting.

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