The Grimes County Historical Commission (GCHC) met Monday, Sept. 9, at the Grimes County Annex building. Al Peeler was introduced as the new chairman for the 2019-2020 year. Peeler, current maintenance director for Grimes County, was voted and accepted as the new chairman. Mr. Peeler’s previous 10 plus years of experience in managing historical sites, as well as his efforts in the beautification of the Grimes County Courthouse, demonstrated that he was the most qualified candidate.
During the meeting attendees expressed concerns in the effort and direction of the GCHC, with several members requesting a review of projects and efforts in historical preservation and education. Upcoming events and visits to Grimes County were also discussed. “We want to become a commission that provides both education to the community and service in maintaining our historical sites. Our goals this year will be to raise our commission to a new level, one that Grimes County residents and visitors can depend on. The community can expect to see things happen,” explained Peeler.
Nine new members were accepted into the commission, several of which will lead committees in the upcoming year. Joining Peeler on the 2019-2020 GCHC Board are Susan Boudreaux as vice chairman, Vanessa Burzynski- secretary and Janice Trant- treasurer.
Mr. Peeler challenged the newly formed committees and board members to focus on achievable goals throughout the year, and provide updates to the community via monthly meetings, newsletters and social media. “Education is key here, we want to ensure that what we do as a commission is right, and the only way to do this is to educate ourselves on the sites and information of our county,” stated Peeler. Several upcoming training sessions were reviewed, and members of the commission were assigned to attend training sessions and bring back information.
Several GCHC members will be attending trainings held in Austin and Tom-ball, while the committee prepares for upcoming visits and events slated in the fall and winter months within Grimes County. Change to their website and social media outlets will help in reaching the community as well. Meetings will also be held on a monthly basis to provide a more regular schedule for the public to attend and for as the group to provide updates.
The next GCHC meeting is 6:30 p.m., Monday, Oct. 14 at the Grimes County Annex Building, 273 Buffington Ln. in An-