Denton County Historical Commission (DCHC)

Denton County, Texas 1846 SealMeetings

  • Denton County Historical Park
    Bayless-Selby House
    317 W Mulberry Street
    Denton, TX 76201

Meetings are open to the public, and prospective members are encouraged to attend at least one meeting prior to submitting an application for membership.


The Denton County Historical Commission consists of volunteer members appointed to two-year terms by the Denton County Commissioners Court. Members may be reappointed to an unlimited number of two-year terms. The DCHC is an arm of the Denton County government. Under the Texas Local Government Code, Chapter 318, the county commissioners court is required to 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.

The Denton County Commissioners Court appoints a number of Boards and Committees which advise and assist in governing County programs. Members of those boards and committees are appointed primarily in January of odd-numbered years. A list of volunteers is maintained throughout the year and training sessions are held several times a year to provide an overview of available opportunities.

Members of the County Historical Commission should represent all precincts of Denton County, reflect the age range and ethnic diversity of the county, and demonstrate an active interest in historic preservation. This is an active county committee so individuals should be prepared to participate in research and activities in one of three areas: Cemeteries, Endangered Properties and Archeology, and Markers.

  • Gary Hayden, Chairman, Collections Committee
  • Melody Kohout, Historical Markers and Cemetery Committees
  • Sara Wilson - Oral Histories
  • Abigail Beck - Archaeology Committee
  • Connie Baker, At Large
  • Jean Carter, At Large
  • Lynn Yeargain, At Large

Other Committees Include

  • Archaeology Committee
  • Cemetery Committee
  • Certified Local Government Program Liaison
  • Collections Committee
  • Historical Marker Committee
  • Retrospect Committee

Our Mission

The purpose of the Denton County Historical Commission (DCHC) is to preserve, protect, and promote the history of Denton County. The DCHC works closely with the Texas Historical Commission, a state agency for historic preservation.