2018 Markers – The historical markers for Louise State Bank (Joe Cardenas) and Wharton County Library (Elene Gedevani) are being constructed at the foundry in Indiana and will be dedicated later in the summer (2021). The marker for Wharton Training School is in storage at WISD and scheduled to be dedicated on November 6, 2021.
Marker Applications approved – spring 2020 – (1) First Presbyterian Church, El Campo (Sue Zanne Urbis and Debra Hamman), (2) Newgulf Campo Santo Cemetery (Julio Aguilar), (3) Old Jerusalem Cemetery, Spanish Camp (resubmission by Willie Sanford Giles), (4) Wharton Chamber of Commerce (Ron Sanders), and (5) Wharton Hispanic Cemetery (Olga Avalos). The marker texts for all of these subjects have been approved, and the foundry has work orders for them.
Undertold Story Markers – The window for this marker opportunity opens on October 1 and closes November 15. The intent of the program is to provide for diversity among marker subjects and address topics not previously addressed. Examples could be archaeological, cultural, local wildlife, civic organizations, botany of the area, etc. If you have an idea, contact Pat Blair.
Other projects: (1) courthouse tours: 1st Saturday of every month, by WCHC members; (2) Haunted Tour of Historic Downtown Wharton, October 2021, (3) preservation of Stephen F. Austin/Minnie Mae Hopper Elementary School, 500 Abell Street, Wharton – a work in progress.
These publications are available for purchase at the historical museum:
(1) Glen Flora, An Historical Remembrance, published by Wharton County Historical Commission on the occasion of the dedication of the historical marker for Glen Flora (2018). $15.
(2) War Between States Changed Texas Forever, by Merle Reue Hudgins, published April 2017, $75, plus $10 to ship. (To order this publication now, call 979-532-8023.)
(3)“A Tale of Two Courthouses.” This publication, which is chapter four of Julie Freeman Reed’s Master’s Thesis entitled Up She Rises: The Birth and Legacy of the Texas Historic Courthouse Preservation Program, tells the story of the restoration of Wharton County Courthouse from beginning to end. It’s very well done, and we appreciate her allowing us to publish this one chapter. $10.