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SJC Historical Commission receives Distinguished Service Award

July 2, 2018

The San Jacinto County Historical Commission received a Distinguished Service Award at the June 27 Commissioners Court meeting, which was presented by the Texas Historical Commission through County Judge Fritz Faulkner.

The Texas Historical Commission presented the award to the San Jacinto County chapter for its service during 2017. This award is given annually to affirm a local County Historical Commission for documenting ongoing, well-rounded programs of history and preservation-related projects that enrich local communities.

Ray McCoppin, Dale Everitt and Nan Kittel of the San Jacinto County Historical Commission were present at the court meeting on June 27 where Faulkner read aloud how the Texas Historical Commission gives this award to local County Historical Commissions for activities and efforts to preserve and promote local history.

“Thank you for supporting your CHC and its efforts to promote county history, to provide public services and enrich the livelihood of communities across the state,” said Faulkner.

McCoppin commended his fellow members, Kittel and Everitt of the Historical Commission for their help in the organization’s mission.

“These two people have helped a lot,” said McCoppin.

Kittel, McCoppin and Everitt, along with other members of the San Jacinto County Historical Commission engage in tasks such as cleaning up cemeteries in the county while promoting Old Town Coldspring, preserving historical markers and hosting events such as the annual Heritage Days.

“We just keep reminding people of what went on before,” said Everitt.

Everitt is a dedicated researcher to historical events both in and out of San Jacinto County. He has discovered a number of events that have happened in the history of the county such as General George Custer passing through Coldspring in 1865 when he and his unit were heading to Austin, Texas during the Reconstruction.

“A lot of people don’t even know that,” said Everitt. “We’ve got a lot of history here with Sam Houston and the Native Americans and that’s what we’re trying to preserve.”

Everitt says the San Jacinto County Historical Commission thanks the Texas Historical Commission for recognizing its service and that the organization plans to continue pursuing its mission of preserving the county’s history.

jmcadams@hcnonline.com