CEMETERY PRESERVATION WORKSHOP
SEPTEMBER 26TH IN LIBERTY
The Liberty County Historical Commission invites you to a Hands-On Historic Cemetery Preservation Workshop on Saturday, September 26th, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
James “Rusty” Brenner, craftsperson and owner of TEXAS CEMETERY RESTORATION LLC, will lead the workshop first with a walking tour of the cemetery with explanations of significance of some of the gravestones, symbols and designs and then teach techniques for cleaning, restoration, preservation, leveling, and basic repair of gravestones and monuments.
Cemeteries contain a vast wealth of historical and genealogical information. Many are in danger of extinction or gross neglect. Communities should value and protect their cemeteries, hold regular cleanup days and learn proper preservation techniques to care for the unique gravestones and monuments which are contained in them as well as honoring the dead.
The fee for the workshop is $30.00 which includes lunch and refreshments. Please contact the Liberty County Historical Commission at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 936.334.5813 for more information or a registration form. Attendance is limited to 50 people. The workshop attendees will meet at the Liberty County Historical Commission at 318 San Jacinto Street, Liberty, Texas.
Liberty County is located in southeastern Texas, along the Gulf Coast. The county seat is Liberty. The Orcoquisac Indian tribe lived in the area until European expansion in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. The Texas government formed Liberty County in 1836.
During the 1840s and 1850s, farmers and merchants
became wealthy through the plantation-style agricultural production of
cotton, tobacco, and other items, along with transportation via the
Trinity River and railroads on the eve of the Civil War. Citizens
overwhelmingly approved of secession and several regiments from Liberty
County fought for the Confederacy. Racial tension between African
Americans and whites hurt an already depleted economy.
However, the revamping of the railroad industry both benefited and hurt the economy. While transporting goods and travel was easier via railroads, river traveled suffered due to decreased importance.
Reconstruction through the 1920s marked a period of economic growth due to selling rice and exporting oil. During this period, land values increased due to the drive for more oil, and the county was able to buffer the effects of the Great Depression because of oil revenues. New Deal programs brought electricity to the county's houses and farms.
During the last fifty years of the twentieth century, Liberty
County became a leader in soybean and rice production, and river
transportation revived itself in the 1950s and 1960s. In the 1990s,
conservation groups created the Trinity River National Wildlife Refuge
and Big Thicket National Preserve.