Archeologists Will Be Guest Speakers For Historical Commission

LIBERTY, January 21, 2016 – The Liberty County Historical Commission will hold its quarterly meeting, Monday, January 25th, at 6:00 p.m. in the A. J. “Jack” Hartel Building, 318 San Jacinto Street in Liberty.  Guest speakers for the evening will be Louis F. Aulbach and Linda C. Gorski of the Houston Archeological Society.  Their presentation will be “Camp Logan, a World War I Emergency Training Center in Houston.” 

In anticipation of the 100th anniversary of the beginning of WWI, local authors and historians Louis Aulbach and Linda Gorski will present a program on an almost forgotten chapter in Houston’s history….Camp Logan, a military training base built in 1917 to house 44,000 soldiers in what is now Houston’s Memorial Park.  Foundation features of Camp Logan remain in the wooded areas of Memorial Park and have been declared State Archeological Landmarks.  Portions of Camp Logan including the drill fields extended across Buffalo Bayou via bridge into what is now River Oaks!  This presentation will be a tribute to the soldiers who trained at Camp Logan – including nine Medal of Honor winners and seventy-one African American soldiers who won the French Croix de Guerre!  Aulbach and Gorski have recently published a book entitled Camp Logan: Houston, Texas 1917 – 1919.

Louis F. Aulbach is the author of five best-selling river guides to the rivers of West Texas, including three guides to the Rio Grande, a guide to the Pecos River and a guide to the Devils River.  His publication entitled The Fresno Rim is a hiding guide to the Big Bend Ranch State Park in West Texas.  He is also the author of two publications on local history including Buffalo Bayou, an Echo of Houston’s Wilderness Beginnings, a guide to Buffalo Bayou in Houston which delves extensively into the local history along the city’s most famous stream.  Aulbach is a native Houstonian and is a graduate of St. Thomas High School, Rice University and the University of Chicago.  He retired in 2008 after over 17 years as the Records Management Officer for the City of Houston.  He served on the Harris County Historical Commission in the 2009 – 2010 term, is Vice President of the Houston Archeological Society and is a member of the Texas Historical Commission’s Archeological Stewards Network.

Linda Gorski is a researcher and writer who has lived and traveled extensively in the United States, Europe and Australia as an Army brat and an Army wife.  Her byline has appeared in many publications worldwide and for several years, she was a correspondent for the Houston Chronicle.  Gorski has had a lifelong interest in archeology and history and has been an avocational archeologist for 39 years.  She currently serves as President of the Houston Archeological Society, leading the society in surveys and excavations in Houston and southeast Texas, and is a member of the Texas Historical Commission’s Archeological Stewards Network.  She has co-authored with Louis Aulbach a river guide to the Upper Canyons of the Rio Grande and worked with him on his recently published book, Buffalo Bayou: An Echo of Houston’s Wilderness Beginnings.  Gorski is a co-author of his newest book, Camp Logan: Houston, Texas 1917 – 1919. 

Members of the Liberty County Historical Commission and the public are encouraged to attend this important meeting and enjoy this fascinating program along with an update on the work of your county historical commission, its many projects and plans to preserve the history of Liberty County and southeast Texas.

 


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