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O. H. Herman Middle School
Van Vleck ISD

Texas History Field Trip
Matagorda County, Texas

November 18, 2010

Led by Yvonne Evans
7th Grade History Teacher

Assisted by
Matagorda County Historical Commission

Students in Yvonne Evans' 7th Grade Texas History classes at O. H. Herman Middle School in Van Vleck ISD participated in a Texas History Field Trip around Matagorda County on November 18, 2010. Students toured sites in Caney, Bay City, Blessing, Collegeport and Matagorda. Mrs. Evans had participated in a similar tour in her 7th Grade year at McAllister Junior High School in Bay City. She wanted her students to learn more about history in their own backyards, especially since Matagorda County played such an important role in the early history of Texas.

The Caney tour was led by
Jack Matthews,
a descendant of early
Caney residents
John & Isabella Matthews.
A tour of
Matagorda County Museum
in Bay City led by
Barbara Smith,
MCM director and Matagorda County Historical Commission member.


Lunch at the
Blessing Community House

A tour of Hawley Cemetery led by Ona Lea Pierce, Hawley Cemetery Association and chairman of the Matagorda County Historical Commission

Mrs. Evans in pink shirt


Visiting the buildings at the
park in Matagorda.


U. S. Post Office 1871-1964

Mahavier Meat Market
(Rivers End Garden Club Building)

Early Black School

Making marker rubbings
at historic
Matagorda Cemetery


The Collegeport Mopac House visit was
hosted by
Matagorda County
Historical Commission
G. W. Franzen and
Carol Sue Gibbs
and Collegeport
Mason Holsworth.