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Goliad Historical Commission wins state service award

By LOURDES VAZQUEZ
April 15, 2010 at 7:01 p.m.
Updated April 14, 2010 at 11:15 p.m.


Goliad Historical Commission events

WHAT: "The History of La Bahia Community" by Estella Zermeno and Bennie Martinez

WHEN: 6 p.m. Monday, May 10

WHERE: County Library, Goliad

Markethouse Museum hours

Wednesday to Saturday

10 a.m.-3 p.m.

By appointment on other days

GOLIAD - The site of the Goliad massacre, home to Gen. Ignacio Zaragoza and birth place of Texas ranching are the focus of Goliad's historical beginnings.

That focus helped the Goliad County Historical Commission win the Distinguished Service Award from the Texas Historical Commission.

"We like people in Goliad," said Myra Heard, member of the Goliad Historical Commission and organizer of Christmas in Goliad.

The award recognized Goliad for its active and well-balanced preservation program.

"It's really a team effort," said Bill Montague, active chairman for the Goliad Historical Commission.

Former chairman Raymond Starr resigned from the position at the Goliad County commissioners meeting Monday.

Montague, originally from Ohio, will take over once approved by the Texas Historical commission.

"Every time I could get away, I came to Goliad," said Montague, whose wife is from Goliad.

Montague will continue to volunteer at the Markethouse Museum, where he first became involved with the commission.

"He's been our handyman," said Heard, as Montague has been preparing for exhibits.

We have a lot of new displays that we're going to do, Heard said.

A photo of a rancher driving cattle is on display in what will be a ranching exhibit.

Goliad families are also asked to bring in photos for a rotating, "Family Heritage" display.

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