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Burnet County historian Darrell Debo presents Coffee Talks program Jan. 9


BURNET — Darrell Debo of the Burnet County Historical Commission will talk about the history of Burnet County at a Coffee Talks program Jan. 9.

The free presentation is 2 p.m. in the meeting room at the Herman Brown Free Library, 100 E. Washington St. on the Courthouse Square. Refreshments will be served at 1:30 p.m. Call (512) 756-2328 for more information.

Debo is the author of “History of Burnet County” and will speak about not only writing the two-volume book but also Burnet’s unforgettable characters and the changes he has seen on the town’s square.

The first volume of “History of Burnet County” covers important events and historical places, while the second provides histories of families who settled the area.

According to a library news release, the books came about because of a mandate from the Texas Legislature that each county have a written history. Debo undertook the project with funding from the Burnet County and, later, private sources.

He received help researching families in the area from Willa Mae Price, then the head librarian at the Herman Brown Free Library, who was an active genealogist, according to the release. Other stories came from the families of the county’s original settler. Alta Holland Gibbs, the granddaughter of settler and politician Samuel Holland, provided stories and facts that had come down through her family.

“Burnet County History” was recognized as the best publication of its type in Texas and honored nationally.

Future Coffee Talks presentations include David Marion Wilkinson, the author of “Where the Mountains are Thieves,” in February and biologist and author Kelly Conrad Bender, who will speak on landscaping for wildlife in Texas, in March.