Robertson County Historical Commission
D O N A T I O N S
The projects below illustrate the types of financial challenges the commission confronts. In the coming months, other projects and funding needs will be identified on this page.
The information at the Robertson County TXGenWeb site didn't get here by magic. It was placed online by people like you -- folks who are interested in helping preserve Robertson County's rich cultural heritage. While several volunteers have contributed considerable time and money to bring resources online, there is only so much a limited number of people can accomplish by themselves. Many of the remaining tasks (like placing maps and newspapers online) cost money. As a result, your assistance is needed in helping this public service site realize its full potential. The Robertson County Historical Commission has identified different sponsorship contribution levels for companies, organizations, & individuals who may wish to contribute to the Website Project. These include:
The map project seeks to: #1 Photocopy and place online four historic maps of Robertson County that are in the U.S. Library of Congress Map Collection; #2 Update the current Texas Department of Transportation Robertson County map; #3 Create an online interactive map of the county's cemeteries, historic sites, towns/communities; & #4 Print & publicly distribute copies of this map.
Over the past year, efforts have been made to identify and locate Robertson County's 130+ cemeteries, 70+ historic markers, 100+ historic towns & communities (some of which have vanished and no longer appear on maps). Burial lists have been created for most cemeteries; historic marker inscriptions have been transcribed; GPS latitude and longitude coordinates have been recorded; driving instructions have been written; & Handbook of Texas Online (HofTO) articles have been located. Online historic maps of the county have also been identified and linked to the Robertson County TXGenWeb site. Four maps of importance to Robertson County's history have been found in print form at the U.S. Library of Congress. Not available online, these need to be photocopied, digitized, and placed online.
A map project funding goal of $2,750 has been established to accomplish the following activities: #1 Copy the four maps in the Library of Congress Collection & place them online. (Cost: 4 x $100 = $400); #2 The Texas Department of Transportation (TDOT) has spot-checked the accuracy of the above GPS coordinates and is updating its Robertson County Highway Map based upon these coordinates (Cost: none); #3 Using the revised TDOT map as its base, the map project plans to create online hyperlinks to relevant information for all cemeteries, historic markers, & historic towns/communities (e.g., clicking on "Wootan Wells" will link a visitor to the HofTO article about this now vanished, once famous, turn-of-the-century spa/resort; clicking on a cemetery name will pull up a list of people buried there) (Cost: $1,250); #4 Using key information from #2 & #3, print multi-color copies of this map and publicly distribute them. (Cost: $1,100) (Total Cost Of Project: $2,750)
Volunteer contributions are needed to help bring this valuable information online and to print/distribute this updated historic map. Fund one of the numbered activities above or contribute towards an activity of your choosing. Any and all contributions appreciated. Send donations to Cathy Lazarus at the address below. Make checks payable to Robertson County Historical Commission; write "Map Project" on the memo line. If you know of a foundation, company, or organization that may wish to fund some or all of this project, share the Map Project Grant Proposal with anyone who might be interested.
The newspapers project seeks to preserve Robertson County's historic newspapers and make their information more widely available through placement in local libraries on searchable CD-ROMs & online at this website. In addition to recording the county's history, newspaper articles & obituaries represent significant sources of information for historical & genealogical researchers in locating & identifying family members & others.
Activities will include the following: #1 Have 90 years (63 reels) of microfilmed original negative copies of the Hearne Democrat newspaper dating back to 1911 transferred from microfilm to searchable CD-ROM & placed online; #2 Have 31 years (issues dating back to 12.3.1970) of the Franklin News Weekly, a major newspaper in Franklin, Robertson County seat of government, microfilmed, transferred from microfilm to searchable CD-ROM, & placed online; & #3 Research Texas library & archive holdings to locate, microfilm (if needed), copy to searchable CD-ROM, & place online all available historic Robertson County newspapers in these collections.
A newspapers project funding goal of ~$75,000 has been established. This will create: #1 Searchable CD-ROMs containing all issues of the Hearne Democrat from 1911 (~$40,000) + 11 complete sets of the Hearne Democrat Collection for 11 local libraries (~$?); #2 Microfilming & creating searchable CD-ROMs of the Franklin News Weekly from 1970 (~$?) + 11 complete sets of the Franklin News Weekly Collection for 11 local libraries (~$?); & #3 Libraries & archives search & capture to CD-ROM of additional newspapers (~$?).
Volunteer contributions are needed to help bring this valuable information online. Any and all contributions appreciated. Send donations to Cathy Lazarus at the address below. Make checks payable to Robertson County Historical Commission; write "Newspapers Project" on the memo line. If you know of a foundation, company, or organization that may wish to fund some or all of this project, share the Newspapers Project Grant Proposal with anyone who might be interested.
How To Contribute
If you, or a company or organization with which you are affiliated, wish to fund one of the projects mentioned above, or if you wish to make a contribution to help support any of the Robertson County Historical Commission's activities, please contact:
Robertson County Historical Commission Site Designed & Maintained By William Kent Brunette