Flower Mound residents could soon see a new historical organization coming to the town.

Flower Mound Town Council heard a report from the Flower Mound Historical Commission Task Force, a group recommending a formation of a historical commission, during its Nov. 6 meeting. Jacquelyn Narrell, chair of the Historical Commission Task Force, spoke about the desire for the commission to preserve and celebrate the town's history.

Town staff said they anticipate the commission will be created by the end of the year, but it could take a little longer to work through all the details regarding structure, organization, and duties and responsibilities, said Anna Thorsen, communications specialist with the town.

The background

In her presentation, Narrell outlined the necessity of a commission.

"A historical commission brings with it a sense of community, responsibility and dedication that aligns with our town's commitment to its history, providing greater structure and accountability," Narrell said.

Narrell then described numerous ways the commission would help the town in its historical preservation. The commission would consist of a group of diverse people with expertise and authority in a number of areas as they pertain to the town's history. The commission would be transparent and accountable to the community and town council, and foster trust and collaboration, Narrell said. Collaborations could be created with entities outside the town, including the Denton County Historical Commission.

Among the events the commission could conduct would be celebrations—a frontier day or settler day—or parades. Narrell also said the commission could work with schools and organizations for projects and events.

Zooming in

Narrell said the task force also would like to create a Flower Mound historical town recognition program to bring attention to structures, sites, landscapes, events and people of the town.

She concluded her statement by saying the town leaders need to preserve the town's unique history before it is lost.

Afterward, during public comment, a few people spoke in support of the commission's creation, including Peggy Riddle, director of Denton County Office of History and Culture.