A color brochure developed by the Heritage Association of Brown County that spotlights historical sites, places and resources here is being distributed throughout the area and across the state.

“It was a committee effort,” said Eric Morrow, a member of the board of the Brown County Museum of History and one of more than a dozen participants in the Heritage Association.

“Everyone had a part in it.”

Morrow supervised development of the brochure with significant input from Heritage Association members. Representatives of museums and other historical entities are part of the association. Morrow said Fred Spencer was the graphic artist.

Its printing was funded by grants from Brownwood and Early hotel occupancy tax proceeds.

At a Monday meeting, members of the Heritage Association signaled their consent to a distribution plan proposed by Emily Crawford, tourism and marketing manager of the Brownwood Area Chamber of Commerce.

“Because the Brownwood Area Chamber is already authorized to place brochures at Texas Department of Transportation Travel Centers, we don’t need to obtain separate approval,” Crawford said.

More than 6,000 copies will be sent to 12 different travel centers, most of them located along highways near state borders. Twenty chamber of commerce offices that already stock Brown County maps will receive almost 14,000 copies, and another 2,400 will go to other chamber offices and visitors centers in Texas, Crawford said.

More than 28,000 copies will be available at a variety of Brown County locations, including hotels, restaurants, Lake Brownwood State Park and other locations at the lake.

Heritage Association members will have 10,000 copies to place at their locations.

The brochure is designed to show visitors to Brown County interested in one particular historic site that numerous other historic sites are also available.

Sites listed on the brochure include the Brown County Museum of History, Douglas MacArthur Academy of Freedom, The Firearms Museum of Texas, Camp Bowie Memorial Park, Blanket Historical Museum, Howard Payne University Walker Memorial Library, Brownwood Public Library’s Genealogy and Local History Branch and Brown County Historical Society.

Museums under development are also listed, including the Rufus Hardin Museum, Gordon Wood Hall of Champions, Great State of Texas Historical Transportation Complex, Greenleaf Fisk House, Central Texas Veterans Memorial and Bangs History Museum.

The association’s Web site is www.HeritageAssociation