Bosque County Celebrates Texas Independence Week

In June 2008, a group of interested Texans began a project to celebrate Texas Independence. The purpose is to encourage and promote education regarding the rich history of Texas and its people and to celebrate our past and honor those who paved the way for us. Bosque County has been a large participant of this celebration starting in March 2009. Week-long programs are held all over the county, focusing on everything from Indian troubles to Texas Rangers to outlaws and local community folklore and history. The goal is to involve all communities and schools in educational programs and to share the Texas experience. Civic organizations, churches and schools have been very supportive. These celebrations should help us grow in knowledge and appreciation for the past.

Programs involving students focus mainly on the fourth and seventh grade, since those are the grades that study Texas History. Fourth graders are invited to enter an art contest, featuring a famous place or person. Seventh graders write an essay about Texas history. The best entries are voted on by the students in those grades, and the finalists are judged by a panel.

Events:

Bosque County Celebrates Texas Independence will begin February 28 and go through March 6, 2015.

Saturday, February 28, 2015

The Bosque County Historical Commission’s Preservation Luncheon will be held at 12:00 noon at the Clifton Civic Center in Clifton, Texas.

Monday, March 2, 2015

The Sterling C. Robertson Chapter of the Daughters of the Republic of Texas will sponsor a program at Knox Hall, Texas Ranger Museum in Waco, Texas from 4:00 to 6:00pm. Jerry Gribble will portray Sam Houston and tell the story of his life. Students in 5th to 12th grades will be honored for their participation in the District History Contest.

The Walnut Springs Historical Society will feature Kate McCarthy with the Texas Ranger Museum in Waco.  It will start at 6:00pm with a Bar-B-Q dinner and program starts at 7:00pm.  Her presentation will be the Texas Rangers from inception to the present day.

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Memorial service at Oswald Family Cemetery at 1:00pm.

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

The Bosque County Collection will sponsor a program at 5:30pm by  Jim R. Rose, a lifelong Texas historian.  His skillful interest in the Comanche life will certainly give us a deeper understanding of the Texas experience.

Deadline - Bosque County School Children Art and Essays due
The 4th grade art and 7th grade essays for Celebrate Texas Independence contest turned in to be judged for awards.  All entries may be turned into any First Security State Bank facility.

The Bosque Valley Heritage Society will have a program for 4th graders in the Valley Mills Cemetery from 10:30 to 11:30am to honor Roden T. Crain and Jonathan McFadden, Veterans of the San Jacinto Battle.    

Friday, March 6, 2015

Jeff Hengesbaugh, historian from Santa Fe, New Mexico and master story teller, will make history come to life in the 1720 Spanish territory which is now the state of Texas. Program will take place at the Bosque Museum in Clifton, Texas.

Sponsors:

First Security State Bank, Cranfills Gap, Clifton, Meridian, and Whitney
Bosque Memorial Museum, Clifton
Bosque County Historical Commission and The Bosque County Collection, Meridian
Bosque Valley Heritage Society, Valley Mills
Walnut Springs Historical Society, Walnut Springs

1936 News Article of Interest:

This proclamation was published in the February 1936 issue of the Meridian Tribune. 1936 Texans celebrated the centennial of Texas Independence, but the words ring true for today:

      Whereas, the State of Texas is an empire within itself, vast in its area, unparalled in the glory of its heroic deeds and romantic history, unrivaled in the splendid progress and achievements of its brilliant past and living present, and unmatched in the marvelous opportunities it has in store for its citizens ever in the future; and
      Whereas, we are approaching the date, March 2, which marks the birth of Texas Liberty and the beginning of the Republic of Texas, and its subsequent entry into the Sisterhood of States of this Union; and
      Whereas, there is a movement throughout this State that Texas Week, beginning March 1 and closing March 7 be properly observed in commemoration of the birth of the Republic of Texas;
      Now , Therefore, I, J. D. Grimes, Mayor of the City of Meridian, in accordance with Senate Concurrent Resolution No.8 of the Forty-Second Legislature, proclaim Texas Week and invite our citizens to observe Texas Week, not as a season of holidays but as a week of better work and better living;
      First. I urge every home, office, place of business and industry, and the public school to fly a Texas Flag.
      Second. I urge the school to observe Texas Week with appropriate assembly programs; make Texas Week education week and book week; plant trees and flowers and dedicate them; and make patriotic pilgrimages to places of historical significance; and
      Third. I urge clubs, churches, lodges and other assemblies to render appropriate programs during Texas Week;
      Fourth. Let us all, for a brief space of Texas Week extol the cultural and spiritual values of the romantic traditions of our history and dedicate ourselves to the lofty ideals of statesmanship, character and leadership which our forefathers exhibited in their lives consecrated to liberty, happiness and service.

Signed by J. D.Grimes, Mayor and Levi Dunlap, City Secretary.