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The Aransas County Historical Society Mission Statement:

The identification, protection, recording, interpretation and acquisition of historic and prehistoric sites, structures, places, documents and objects; and to share the above with the public and promote an appreciation of history within the county.

The Mission has not changed since the Society was incorporated in 1985.

Notice: The ACHS weekly workshop meeting at the Rockport Dairy Queen has been suspended until further notice. The DQ dining area has been closed due to Corona virus. We will resume our weekly meetings when it is appropriate to do so. We are still available via email. See the contact section on this web site.

“I Remember Guy Clark” Essay Contest

Winners Announced

Today, August 1, 2020, is Guy Clark day in Rockport, Fulton and Aransas County the boyhood homes of singer-songwriter Guy Clark. The winners of the “I Remember Guy Clark” essay contest were announced at Rockport Harbor by the ACHS President, Cheryl Livingston. To see the video, follow this link

Here’s the press release:

CHICAGO ESSAYIST WINS “I REMEMBER GUY CLARK” CONTEST

The Aransas County Historical Society (ACHS) has announced the winners of its first “I Remember Guy Clark” Essay Contest, held to celebrate Guy Clark Day in Rockport.

Andrew Pulliam of Chicago, Illinois, submitted the winning essay with a poignant remembrance of the late songwriter and musician, Guy Clark (1941-2016), who grew up in Rockport.

Contestants were asked to submit a 150-word essay about their memories of Guy Clark and his influence. A number of entries were received from throughout the nation.

Second place was won by Brad Brown of Huntsville, Alabama, and third place, by Karen Brown, also of Huntsville.

The contest grew out of ACHS’s sold-out production a year ago of a Guy Clark Tribute Concert, featuring Verlon Thompson and Shawn Camp.  At the time, Aransas County governmental entities proclaimed August 1 to be Guy Clark Day.

Here is the full text of the winning essay by Andrew Pulliam:

Remembrance, the lasting kind at least, is like those desperados waiting on a train that Guy sang about.

I don’t remember the first time I heard Guy’s music.  Maybe I did as a younger man, but it just didn’t click then.  Like the desperados, the songs coolly lie in wait.  They wait for you to start longing for places you’ve been.  They wait for you to mourn people and times that were once vibrant, but now start to dim with age.  They wait for you to hear the right stories and tell a few of your own.

And then, remembrance jumps the train of your mind and you find Guy there ready to be your companion, ready to sooth your weariness.  And as long as there are freeways to escape and homegrown tomatoes to taste, Guy Clark’s Texan wit and poetic truth will be remembered by those ready to hear.

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2020 Calendar Photo Contest

We would like to thank everyone who submitted photos for the 2020 Photo Contest. The deadline for entries has now passed. Entries will be judged by a panel of judges and winners will be announced at the 2021 Calendar Premier event, exact time and location to be announced. 

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A special message from ACHS President, Cheryl Livingston:

In the spirit of social distancing, a quick message from ACHS.

This pandemic is a challenge for all of us. As you know we have rescheduled the joint program with the Rockport Center for the Arts: Art in the Governor’s Mansion. Date TBA.

Stay tuned for exciting summer and fall programs:

The History of Fulton and Rockport’s Earliest Schools.

Time on your hands? Dig out your photo albums and shoe boxes. Find photos at least 25 years old to enter in the photo contest for the 2021 historic calendar. 

Give us a call at 303-859-7819 if you want to chat or need anything. But, most of all, stay well!

This may be a great time to visit our presentations page to catch up on any of the recorded events you may have missed or would like to enjoy again. 

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Come June in Rockport – Sherrill Pool Elizondo

This link to the Bullock Museum website will take you to a wonderful story about a family that vacationed in Rockport – Fulton every June in the 1950s and 1960s.  It is a great description of the community during its pre-Key Allegro days: Come June in Rockport – Sherrill Pool Elizondo

Dorothy Pool Photo

If you enjoyed the above story from Sherrill Pool Elizondo, you may want to read another one of her stories from the Bullock Museum web site where she talks about early days in Rockport and Hurricane Harvey: Won’t You Hurry Home.

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2020 Calendar

The Aransas County Historical Society 2020 Calendar is now available for purchase online! 

Click here to go to our calendar page with secure PayPal online payment and click on “Buy Now” button:

Buy 2020 ACHS Calendar

Calendars may also be purchased by sending a check or m.o. for $10.00 plus $2.00 shipping and handling (price includes TX sales tax) to:

ACHS
PO Box 702
Rockport, TX 78381

The Aransas County Historical Society would like to thank our calendar sponsors for this year: Albin Exterminating, John & Debbie Jackson, Rockport Cultural Arts District, Friends of the Fulton Mansion, Fulton Mansion State Historic Site, Texas Maritime Museum, JCW Photo Restoration, GSM Insurors, Rockport Center for the Arts, Friends of the Aransas County History Center, The Aransas County Historical Commission and Sandy Swanson & Jackie Shaw.

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The Aransas County Historical Society now has some of the oral history interview recordings available online. These are in their original unedited form so, in some cases, the quality is marginal but the content is priceless. You may listen to the recordings by clicking on the file names located on this page:

Aransas County History – Recorded Interviews

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Sample Photographs from Earlier Calendars

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The Aransas County Historical Society is a 501c3 Non-profit corporation.

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PRESERVING YOUR HISTORY SINCE 1985