Saturday, January 19, 2008

Cemetery Laws and Preservation:Topics of Meeting

The Atascosa County Historical Commission hosted an opportunity for the community to hear Gerron Hite from the Texas Historical Commission on Jan.16, 2008. The program was held at the Jourdanton Community Center. At least twenty-one Atascosa county cemetery associations were in attendance, as well as many interested citizens. County Judge Diana Bautista was there, as well as Norman Porter, Dorothy Manning, Sandy Zuniga, Diana Guthrie, Roger and Mary Jane Cumpion, James Collins, Morris Porter and Barbara Westbrook, members of the county historical commission.

After covering the topic of Texas cemetery laws, Gerron Hite discussed the Texas Historic Cemetery Designation program. Hand-outs were provided for each subject. After a short break for cookies and coffee, there was ample time for questions and answers. It was a wonderful learning experience for all.

Atascosa County has many historic cemeteries. Some are in great shape, while others need work. Hopefully the commission can organize more "clean-up" days and recruit more volunteers to help. Anyone interested can call Dorothy Manning at 830 769-3087, Norman Porter at 830 569-2680 or Barbara Westbrook at 830 769-4333.

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