Historic Churches Book On Sale September 10th

LIBERTY, August 18, 2017 - The Liberty County Historical Commission proudly announces completion of “HISTORIC CHURCHES OF LIBERTY COUNTY, TEXAS.”  The book will be offered at the cost of $8.00 per copy on September 10th, 1:00 p.m. until 3:00 p.m. at the commission’s office in the A. J. “Jack” Hartel Building, 318 San Jacinto Street, Liberty.   Copies will be donated to all public libraries in the county. 

The compilation and publishing of this unique and historical book has been a year in the making.  Churches in Liberty County which are over 50 years old are included.  The Liberty County Historical Commission asked all churches which qualified as “historic” to submit any printed or oral histories along with any early photographs for inclusion in this book.  An LCHC committee was formed to gather these materials, edit and compile this book. 

Much to our amazement, there were numerous churches in our county which had been continuously active for more than 150 years; some more than 175 years.  Early churches were the backbone of most communities, particularly in rural areas and often the first structure built even before permanent homes.  Many times, families gathered together in a newly formed community under temporary structures known as “brush arbors.”  These coverings were roughly constructed from trees, vines and twigs to protect worshipers from inclement weather.  Social interaction among neighbors and families was centered around the community church.  Early churches in Liberty County included many denominations: Baptist, Methodist, Catholic, Presbyterian, Pentecostal, Episcopalian, Lutheran and others.  These histories tell stories of the early settlers in our county and the struggles of black churches after emancipation. 

The Liberty County Historical Commission feels it is our duty and obligation to preserve and safeguard the history of our county for future generations.  In publishing “HISTORIC CHURCHES OF LIBERTY COUNTY, TEXAS,” we hope we have achieved the goal of preserving the rich heritage of this very important part of our history! 

Please plan on stopping by our book sale, September 10th, 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. to purchase this unique historical text!  For more information please call LCHC County Chair, Linda Jamison at 936-334-5813 or email: lchc318@gmail.com.

Linda M. Jamison
County Chair
Liberty County Historical Commission

 
 
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