From Blanco Historic Preservation Commission
Ghosts have always been a part of the history of a town and everyone has one, so please share your story! Linda Howard, Chair of the Blanco Historic Preservation Commission, is looking for people willing to tell the ghost stories of Blanco. At some point, she would also like to start a ghost tour of Blanco.
If you have a great story about a ghost you have seen or even heard about in Blanco, please call Linda at 830-833-4971 to set up an interview.
Have you heard about the Oral History Program at the Blanco Library? This program collects information from ordinary Blanco citizens who have lived the history they tell about. Many interesting facts are revealed about the history of Blanco from the citizens that have already come and shared their stories.
Until this program, the history was lost and never to be heard again. But now, with the Libraries Oral History Program, interviewers are storing it on tape and eventually on disc for future generations.
In the future, a written copy will also be available. Currently you can go to the library and ask to look at some of these interviews, but you may soon be able to check them out just like a book.
The Blanco Historical Commission is assisting with these interviews. Among others, Linda Howard has done three of these interviews and enjoyed the process. We are seeking people who are interested in preserving Blanco’s stories and heritage to join in this effort. The Texas Historical Commission and the National Register are now accepting some of the stories to tell as part of our Texas and national heritages.
Another item of interest for everyone in Blanco is the collection of family histories that have been donated to the Blanco Library recently. This is another way to preserve history for future generations.
During the Sesquicentennial, it was extremely difficult to find enough information on the people who founded Blanco. Research is harder when you have very little information to get you started; especially when records have been burned in a fire, like the burning of the old courthouse in Blanco, and I do not mean the current courthouse on the Square.
Want to get involved in preservation? The Blanco Historical Preservation Commission has many programs and projects which could use you. If the satisfaction and knowledge that you are saving our heritage for future generations appeals to you, bring your resume to the City of Blanco office and it will be forwarded to the commission.