Welcome to the Kaufman County Historical Commission, located at 3003 S. Washington St. in Kaufman, Texas. Contact us by using the form on the Contact page or by the other contact information listed.
Browse our site to learn about the history of Kaufman County and its residents. We are adding new material frequently, so return often to see the latest.
In 1956, the Texas Legislature mandated that each county commissioners court appoint a historical survey committee. The county historical survey committees were to be affiliated with the Texas State Historical Survey Committee (The name changed to the Texas Historical Commission in the 1970s.). According to the Texas Local Government Code, a county commissioners court “may appoint a county historical commission for the purpose of initiating and conducting programs suggested by the commissioners court and the Texas Historical Commission for the preservation of the historical heritage of the county”.
By statue, county historical commissions are required to maintain a continuing survey of the county historical sites, structures and memorabilia. With approval and financial support from the county judges and commissioners they may operate museums, publish county histories, prepare grant applications, designate special areas of historic interest, and promote area historic sites for tourist and residents alike.