World War I historian to speak in Tyler

June 7, 2017 by  

Local historian and preservationist, Randy Gilbert, will be speaking at the upcoming meeting of the East Texas Genealogical Society.

The society meets every month in the auditorium at the Tyler Public Library. Gilbert’s talk will cover records from World War I, which are particularly relevant given the recent Centennial Commemoration of the United States into that war.

Gilbert has been active in preservation activities at the local and state levels. Locally, he has focused on helping to revitalize downtown Tyler and restoring the Smith County Jail from 1881. He has been able to place it on the National Register of Historical Places and now uses it as his office.

Camp Ford Historic Park in Tyler has also been established due to his leadership efforts. It was a POW camp during the Civil War and is now a park with a reconstructed cabin, descriptive signs, and walking trails.

Gilbert has also published his research in the Chronicles of Smith County, Texas and Military History of Texas and the South-west.

The meeting at which Gilbert will speak will be held on Saturday June 10 at 2:00 p.m. Meetings of the East Texas Genealogical Society are held the second Saturday of each month and are free and open to the public. Those who want to join and support the Society can no doubt pick up brochures at the meeting with more information about its activities, meetings, purpose, and research.