NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - Nacogdoches is celebrating its Tricentennial during 2016. Three hundred years in one place is a long time and well worth celebrating.
A Tricentennial committee is wanting a year of events to promote community unity.
A year never goes by that Nacogdches historians don't acknowledge the city's past. Still a milestone almost slipped by East Texas Historical Association Director Scott Sosebee. A colleague asked him a question in 2014.
"'What are we doing for the 300?' and I said, 'I'm not sure what you're talking about,'" said Scott Sosebee, the director of the East Texas Historical
Now Sosebee is well rounded on the Tricentennial, enough to chair Nacogdoches 300. The committee's first hurdle was the debate of when Nacogdoches was founded. Nacogdoches 300 stood firm with 1716.
"That is the year that Mission Nuestra Senora de Guadalupe de los Nacogdoches was founded, Sosebee said.
The mission was founded by Antonio Margil de Jesus, a Franciscan priest.
"In 1716 I came to these lands with Spanish soldiers and other missionaries," said Tonny Jasso, who was playing Father Margil.
"And that is the genesis of modern Nacogdoches," Sosebee said.
Nacogdoches 300 wants the Tricentennial to serve a purpose similar to the desires of founding missionaries.
"One thing, of course, it promotes is community unity. I think Nacogdoches count use some of that," Sosebee said.
"The 300 is not only an opportunity to share what happened here, right here, 300 years ago, but our subsequent history that draws us all together," said Jeff Abt, a member of both Historic Nacogdoches and Nacogdoches 300. "It's a bit of self-awareness."
Official Nacogdoches 300 events are underway.
"We'll have something to commemorate the 300 every month," Sosebee said.
They're listed on the Nacogdoches 300.com calendar and branded with the official Tricentennial logo.
Organizations and individuals are encouraged to seek the same recognition.
"As long as they fill all the parameters which is basically that it's inclusive and not offensive, we'll allow you to use the logo," Sosebee said.
It's a mark that will have a dual purpose in advertising and promotions to attract more visitors to the Oldest Town in Texas.
There are three Nacogdoches Tricentennial events scheduled for February.
On February 20, a photo exhibit of "The Upshaws of County Line" takes place at Cole Art Center. February 25 through February 27 is the Nacogdoches Film Festival. Cleaning Gravestones at Oak Grove Cemetery will take place on February 26.
Visit this link for the Nacogdoches 300.com calendar.