Community Projects

The Bee County Historical Society provides leadership to the citizens of Bee County in the development of appreciation for the history and culture of Bee County; to discover, procure, and preserve whatever may relate to national, state, and local history; and to establish and maintain collections in art, history, crafts and archeology.

Priority Projects

1. Continue the refurbishing and restoration of the McClanahan House, restore the interior to look like early use for both a residence and business, and conduct tours for school children and tourists.

2. Assist with the restoration of the old Bee County Jail, which is a small frame structure presently located next to the Robert Horn Bee County Jail.

3. Develop a comprehensive written and recorded oral history of the roles and activities of Hispanic and Black citizens and families of Bee County.

Future Projects

4. Sponsor and conduct tours of local historical buildings and sites.

5. Sponsor and operate a museum for Bee County.

6. Record the histories of some of the oldest farming and ranching families in Bee County.

7. Develop a comprehensive history of the schools in Bee County.

8. Develop an archeological and anthropological history of early man in Bee County, through transition to non-indigenous cultures.

9. Develop biographical histories of City and County officials from inception to present.

Currently we and HEB Food Stores are sponsoring a Youth Photography Contest:
2014 Youth Photography Contest
The Bee County Historical Society & HEB Food Stores is sponsoring a Youth Photo Contest. See the top of this page for downloading the form needed for submission.

Titled: BCHS Youth Photo Contest 2014

Shooting schedule from:

June 01, 2014 thru August 01, 2014
(photos taken before    06/01 will be accepted)
Photos must be submitted by:  
August 16, 2014* No late entries will be accepted  

Drop off times from 9am-5pm
McClanahan House 206 E. Corpus Christi, Beeville
If mailed, must be received no later than 
August 15, 2015
Mail to:  Bee County Historical Society
P.O. Box 142 Beeville, TX 78104  
***BCHS not responsible for late mail arrivals.***

Entries will be judged:  August 29-30, 2014

                            Counties Eligible:   

Bee, Goliad, Karnes, Live Oak, Refugio, San Patricio
Winners will be announced:  September 20, 2014 at the Historic McClanahan House
Photography Reception  
206 E. Corpus Christi, Beeville TX   
From 5pm until 9pm
Photos to be on display for school tours until October 20, 2014 – pickup on that day by 5pm

Photos are sole property of the entrant and may be sold during or after the reception!!

Entry Fee: $5.00 per photo – limit three (3) photos per category Specify the category on the back of the photo along with age of the photographer
See Submission Form & Rules for details

 Contest open to all youth ages: 07 to age 18

Youth Division: 07-13    *    Senior Division: 14-18

Contest form can be found below:
Bee County Historical Society,
May 13, 2014, 6:48 PM