2012 Friend of Lee County History Award
The Lee County Historical Commission created the Friend of Lee County History Award five years ago and named it after the former long-time chairman, Carolyn Calvin Marble. This year they presented the award to Arnold Smith for his efforts to preserve local history and to share it with the entire community.
Several years ago, Arnold donated his remarkable arrowhead collection to the City of Giddings. His collection, which also includes some other Indian artifacts, is on permanent display at the Giddings Public Library and Cultural Center, located on Orange Street. The Giddings Library, an impressive library for a town the size of Giddings, uses Arnold’s collection, along with others, to draw visitors to the library.
Arnold also has a large collection of railroad memorabilia, some of which is on display at the Lee County Heritage Center (Schubert-Fletcher house) and at the Lee County Museum. A few years ago, special display was featured at the museum, which included additional items from Arnold’s collection, and he later donated many of those items to the Historical Commission.
Arnold was a member of the Lee County Genealogy Society and the Lee County Heritage Society for many years. He is still a member of the Lee County Historical Commission and almost never misses a meeting. “We are very pleased to present the 2012 Friend of Lee County History award to Mr. Arnold Smith.”