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Preserving history - one project at time

By Judith Pannebaker BCC Editor

To no one's surprise but her own, indefatigable Elenora Dugosh Goodley received the 2013 Bandera County Historical Commission Preservation Award. Goodley's brother Roy Dugosh, who serves as chairman of the historical commission, presented her with the prestigious award during the Frontier Times Museum Christmas party on Dec. 5. Accepting the award, Goodley said, "But I voted for someone else!"
The historical commission established the preservation award in 2010, honoring writer and historian Peggy Tobin as the first recipient the following year. Historian David Burell received the award in 2012.
A member of the historical commission since 2003, Goodley has served as co-chairman for three years and as secretary for one year. She also became prime mover behind the sister city-county international outreach movement with the City of Bandera and Bandera County as active participants.
In 2004, then-Mayor Denise Griffin appointed Goodley as City of Bandera Sister Cities Ambassador, enabling her to negotiate and help establish a sister city - county partnership with Strzelce Opolskie, Poland, homeland of many of Bandera County's early Polish settlers.
In turn, Bandera County Commissioners Court appointed Goodley as Bandera County Sister Cities Special Ambassador in 2005. She served in that capacity for seven years when the Bandera County Partnership came under the umbrella of the historical commission.
In 2011, Goodley was confirmed as director and ambassador of the newly formed Bandera County Sister Partnership Association (BCSPA), with approval and support of the Bandera County Commissioners Court. Grateful for her tireless promotion of Bandera County in Eastern Europe, in 2013, commissioners extended her term as Bandera County Sister City-County Special Ambassador until 2017.
From 2003 to 2013, Goodley has participated in six exchange visits to Poland.
She also spearheaded other sister city-county partnership initiatives, including one with the City of Tysmenytsia in the Ivano-Frankivsk region of Ukraine. In October 2013, she and her brother conducted a fact-finding tour to Aimargues, France, which culminated with Bandera City Council approving the commune as a sister city with Bandera.
Under the auspices of the Bandera County Historical Commission, Goodley researched and wrote applications submitted to the Texas Historical Commission, including a "Bandera Texas, Cowboy Capital of the World" historical marker dedicated and installed during the 2013 Celebrate Bandera over the Labor Day weekend. That same year, Goodley was also instrumental in having the Texas Legislature approve resolutions in both the House and Senate declaring - once and for all - Bandera as the "Cowboy Capital of the World."
Both the "Cowboy Capital of the World" and "Great Western Trail" historical plaques, spearheaded by Goodley and Burell, can be seen in the Western Trial Heritage Park along Main Street. Also at that location is a trail marker commemorating the route of the Western Trail, along which cattle were moved from local staging areas to railheads in the north.
As a member of the "Friends of the Old Jail" committee, Goodley is currently working on a project in conjunction with the Frontier Times Museum members and the Bandera County Historical Commission for the preservation of the 1881 jail and the 1868 Courthouse, that includes moving and reconstructing the old one-room Dug Springs School to the complex on 12th Street.
With regard to historic preservation, Goodley is one of the hardest working proponents around and the Courier congratulates her for receiving this much deserved award.