Historical Preservation Committee
- 6:30 PM
- The 4th Thursday of January, April, July and October
- Bob Andrews Conference Room Bldg.1
|Dean Weirtz, Chair ||May 31, 2018|
|Debbie Krause, Vice Chair||May 31, 2018|
|Paul Ringenbach, Committee Member||May 31, 2019|
|Sue Boissonneault, Committee Member||May 31, 2018|
|Lou Foehrkolb, Committee Member||May 31, 2018|
|LaDonna Bacon, Committee Member||May 31, 2019|
|Pete Perez, Committee Member||May 31, 2019|
|David Lynch, Committee Member||May 31, 2019|
|Dean Midlick, Committee Member||May 31, 2018|
|John Baker, Committee Member||May 31, 2019|
|Judith ‘Lynn’ Foehrkolb, Committee Member||May 31, 2018|
|Elizabeth Strong, Committee Member||May 31, 2018|
|Rosalyn Wise||May 31, 2019|
Volunteers can contact Dean Weirtz at 210-651-0394.
We are a small group of 14 Schertz volunteers interested in preserving the historic remnants of our city’s rich past. The City’s heritage dates back to the mid-19th century and the arrival of the first European settlers to the Cibolo River Valley.
An exciting feature of our committee work involves planning and development of the resources for a City history-heritage museum.
- City Historical Place Designation
- Historical Archive Collection
- Historical Church and Cemetery Designation
- Community Outreach
- Historical Museum Development
- Schertz Historical Research Project
- Open house at the Schertz Senior Center during Fiesta (April 19 - 29, 2018) will include a historic Fiesta poster art exhibit featuring many of the colorful and artistic posters painted by local artists over the years, to include our own citizen artist Cecilia Paz Mujica. Cecilia is a local freelance artist originally from the Houston area. Her work has been featured at the Institute of Texan Cultures and at UTSA. The Fiesta poster exhibit represents art works that were competitively judged as "the best of the best" among each year's submissions. The art work unquestionably is as good as it gets in the realm of artistic design, color, and imaginative depictions. Please do yourself a favor and stop by the Senior Center (Schertz Parkway next to the Schertz Library) to enjoy the exhibit and admire the renovation work done to the inside of the Center. The exhibit is offered for public viewing by the Schertz Historical Preservation Committee.
- On February 24, committee member Paul Ringenbach served as the Vice-Chair of the third annual installment of the Bexar County Tricentennial Symposium, held at the Bexar County Courthouse in San Antonio. Dr. Ringenbach was instrumental in writing the nomination for the San Antonio Missions National Historical Park to be accepted as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This San Antonio Express-News article by Melissa Fletcher Stoeltje describes the lengthy process behind the nomination and eventual designation. For his efforts, Dr. Ringenbach was recognized by the San Antonio Historical Association on February 27 with the Dr. Joseph W. Schmitz Award for Excellence in Dissemination of History to International Audiences. He was also recently recognized as the Comal County Volunteer of the Year. We are tremendously proud to have such an eminent scholar of history and willing public servant working with our committee.
- On February 27, committee chairman Dean Weirtz presented the committee's 2017 annual report to the Schertz City Council. Click here to read the full report.
- Last August, several of the banners designating the Aviation Heights neighborhood as a Heritage Neighborhood were damaged by the winds associated with Hurricane Harvey. In early March, we were able to replace these banners. We hope that the banners will remind residents of the history behind the area. The Aviation Heights neighborhood was originally a portion of the Schertz family farm that was developed by investors Walter J. Schertz, C. W. Koch, and H. R. Thulemeyer. It was first platted in 1928 in the hopes that it would serve the soon-to-be-built Randolph Air Field, but the Great Depression and the government's refusal to grant VA/FHA loans in the 1940s slowed the area's development. The eventual approval of these loans and the expansion of the airfield led to tremendous growth in Aviation Heights in the 1950s and 1960s.
- At a special meeting on March 8, the committee approved proposing to City Council that the building at 533 Main Street be granted a Main Street Matching Grant. The motion passed the Historical Preservation Committee with one dissenting vote, allowing it to continue on to be presented to City Council. The building is owned by Nick Marquez, the owner of Old Main Ice House in Cibolo, who will be developing the site into The Bar House, as recently reported by Schertz Magazine. The Main Street Preservation Incentive Program offers the opportunity to apply for up to $20,000 in matching funds to improve a property in the historic Main Street area. Click here for more information on the program.
- On January 20, we attended the 50th anniversary celebration of Clemens High School. Read our Remembrances Special Edition Article - Clemens High School 50th Anniversary to learn more.
Schertz Main Street Area Preservation Incentive Program
In order to facilitate the preservation of historic structures to promote the economic vitality of the Main Street area as a tourist destination, the City of Schertz is offering incentives that will serve to improve existing properties and businesses within this area.
Matching funds up to $20,000 per property are available for the cost of renovations. The aim of the program is to protect, enhance, and preserve the historic resources and landmarks which represent distinctive element of the City of Schertz’ historic, architectural, economic, cultural, and social heritage by providing property owners an incentive for protecting their property; stabilize and improve property values; foster civic pride in the beauty and accomplishments of the past, and to promote the use of the historic structures for the culture, education, and general welfare of residents, and strengthen the economy of the city by protecting and enhancing the attractiveness of the Main Street area to residents and visitors, as well as provide support and stimulus to businesses.
For additional information on eligibility requirements see the following:
- SHPC Annual Report 2017
- Remembrance Special Edition Art. 2018-1
- Remembrances Newsletter-Winter 2018
- Dont Mess With Texas Trash - Adopt A Highway 482 (PDF)
- Looking Back July (PDF)
- Remembrances Article 2015 - 5 (PDF)
- Remembrances Article 2017 - 3 (PDF)
- Remembrances Newsletter Summer 2015 (PDF)
- Remembrances Newsletter Summer 2017 (PDF)
- Remembrances Special Edition Article 2017 - 4 (PDF)
- SHPC ETC. (PDF)
- Remembrances Special Edition Article-Origins of Randolph AFB (PDF)