Texas has authorized counties to establish County Historical Commissions (CHC) to assist county commissioners courts and the Texas Historical Commission (THC) in the preservation of our historic and cultural resources--this is the mission of the Menard County Historical Commission (MCHC). The responsibilities of all CHCs are set forth in the Texas Local Government Code, Chapter 318. Based on this statute, members of the MCHC are appointed by the Menard County Commissioners Court for specific terms.The statute is fairly broad, leaving latitude for CHCs to organize and undertake activities appropriate to their county’s size and resources.
Terrell T. Kelley
Chairman, Menard County Historical Commission
President, Presidio de San Saba’ Restoration Corporation
PO Box 1592
Menard, Texas 76859
Ph: 325-396-2817 (Home)
Current Appointees are: Buddy Garza, Cee Cee Kelley, Terrell Kelley, Barry Kniffen, John Kniffen, Katherine Kniffen, Carleton Kothmann, Ray Rickard,
Marilyn Wheless, and Jan Wilkinson.
Completion of the Restoration of the Presidio de San Saba’ (Phase II)
In conjunction with both the Federal Government and the State of Texas, the Menard County commemoration of the World War I Centennial (2017 – 2019)
The memorialization of the historic scientific research conducted in Menard County in the 1930s which led to the subsequent eradication of the devastating Screwworm plague
Continued support of the Menardville Museum and Fort McKavett State Historical Site
Fort McKavett State Historic Site
McKavett was an active Frontier Army Post from 1852-1883. It is the most
complete Indian Wars Fort in Texas with 22 standing original structures and
numerous ruins of what was described by General William T. Sherman as the
"Prettiest post in Texas.” And it still is today.
Beautifully located in the eastern edge of Menard County at the Headwaters of the San Saba River, it is open from 8am-5pm, 7 days a week.
A State Historic Site, Fort McKavett is managed by the Texas Historical Commission.
Fort McKavett State Historical Site
7066 FM 864
Fort McKavett, Texas 76841
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The main purpose of the Menardville Museum and Menard Historical Society is to preserve and make people aware of Menard's rich history. It is located in the 1911 Frisco Railroad (later Santa Fe) Depot at the junction of Highways 190 and 83 North, just north of town. At the museum site is also the historic Beyers Building, an impressive relic from the rugged frontier period in early Menard County. The Museum itself has four rooms of historic artifacts including American Indian relics and even cannon balls fired against attacking hostile Indians by Spanish Colonial Soldiers defending the nearby Presidio de San Saba’. The whole incredibly rich history of Menard County and the rugged men and women who built it, is recorded here in rare photographs, historic documents, rare books, period clothing, militaria, and an extensive collection of antique farm and ranch equipment and tools. You can even visit a real frontier saloon!
To arrange a visit of the Menardville Museum, contact the Menard Chamber of Commerce at 396-2365 or online at email@example.com .