Thomas Bruce Green Guest Speaker For Historical Commission

LIBERTY, October 8, 2014 - Tom Green of Pearland will be the guest speaker for the quarterly meeting of the Liberty County Historical Commission on Monday, October 20th, 2014, 6:00 p.m. at the A. J. “Jack” Hartel County Community Center, 318 San Jacinto Street in Liberty. 

Tom is an active member in both the Sons of the Republic of Texas (SRT) and the Sons of the American Revolution (SAR) and has spent much of his time since retirement promoting these two societies and has served in many capacities in both organizations. 

He has served as President of the Texas Society SRT; presently serves as the National Trustee of the Texas Society to the National Society SAR and on several National Committees.  He has won numerous awards including being inducted as a Knight of San Jacinto, the highest award given by the SRT which was started in 1843 by President Sam Houston during the Republic of Texas days.  Tom was named Texan of the Year by the San Jacinto Descendants and was awarded the National Merit Award by the Freedom Foundation at Valley Forge.  He has participated in several historic events with the Texas Army at the San Jacinto Battlefield, and recently joined the group officially and was also appointed an Admiral in the Texas Navy by Governor Perry.  Tom is also a member of the American Legion and the North American Vexillological Association (the study of flags) and has collected or made over 60 historic flags of both the American Revolutionary and the Texas Revolutionary periods and is well known for his historic flag programs enjoyed by historical societies, civic groups, and school children across the state.  His knowledge of flag history is considerable but he always enjoys hearing a new story about flags from the audience.

Mr. Green’s program for the commission will be on the Battle of Velasco, a prelude to the Texas Revolution and probably the first case of bloodshed in the relations between Texas and Mexico which took place on June 26, 1832….four years before the Texas Revolution. 

The Liberty County Historical Commission meets on the third Monday in January, April, July and October.  The public is encouraged to attend and join the commission in efforts to preserve and encourage history in Liberty County.  Currently, the commission is involved in developing a new county marker program; protecting and locating endangered sites including cemeteries, markers, and buildings in the county; promoting heritage tourism by developing educational programs and historical tours such as “Whispers From the Past….Tales and Tours in the Liberty Catholic Cemetery,” their 2nd annual historic cemetery tour which will be held on October 25 and 26 in the Liberty Catholic Cemetery. 

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