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, 2020|
|Debbie Krause, Vice Chair||May 31, 2020|
|Paul Ringenbach, Committee Member||May 31, 2019|
|Sue Boissonneault, Committee Member||May 31, 2020|
|Lou Foehrkolb, Committee Member||May 31, 2020|
|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, 2020|
|John Baker, Committee Member||May 31, 2019|
|Judith ‘Lynn’ Foehrkolb, Committee Member||May 31, 2020|
|Elizabeth Strong, Committee Member||May 31, 2020|
|Rosalyn Wise, Committee Member||May 31, 2019|
|Letticia Sever, Committee Member||May 31, 2020|
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
- Members of the Schertz Historical Preservation Committee and the Clemens High School History Club shared exhibits about our city's past as part of the Schertz 60th Anniversary Celebration held on Main Street on October 7, 2018. The event celebrated 60 years since the city's official incorporation, but the history exhibits sought to tell the community's story beginning with the arrival of immigrant families from Germany and Alsace. Many visitors particularly enjoyed seeing pictures of the original Main Street area from ca. 1910-1930. The event provided a unique occasion to help community members imagine how the downtown area looked around a century ago mere steps from where they were currently standing. If you missed the opportunity to see some of these exhibits, you can find many of the maps and photographs online in The City of Schertz, Texas: A Digital History.
Pictured: Committee Member Elizabeth Strong
- The exhibits also sought to honor National Hispanic Heritage Month by showcasing some of the artistic contributions of Hispanic Americans to our community and its history. Two Fiesta posters designed by local artist Cecilia Paz Mujica were displayed. More information about Cecilia and pictures of her artwork can be found in the committee's news archives below. Another exhibit that many visitors enjoyed shared the Hispanic American legend of "La Llorona" and its connection to Woman Hollering Creek. This legend of a woman whose spirit haunts the river where her children drowned most likely has its origins in the American Southwest, but has spread throughout the country. Woman Hollering Creek passes through Schertz across FM 1518. Various local accounts suggest that a woman in the area was forced to watch her children get murdered or drowned her own children to save them from being murdered, and that her ghost can still be heard crying along the creek. The unusual name of this Schertz landmark even inspired famous author and former San Antonio resident Sandra Cisneros, whose short story collection "Woman Hollering Creek and Other Stories" imagines the liberation of a modern-day woman in Seguin and contrasts her struggles with the distraught mother of legend. While the true story behind the creek's name may be lost to history, the imaginative storytelling traditions of Hispanic Americans have contributed to making it a place that sparks tremendous interest in those who hear of it.
Finally, thanks to the efforts of the City of Schertz Sign Shop, the committee was able to return a restored plaque to the downtown mural at the corner of Main Street and Lindberg Avenue. The extent of the damage to the sign and its restored version can be seen in the images below. These pictures serve to show just how much of a toll the elements can take on building exteriors, and offer a reminder of what a treasure it is that we still have historic buildings in our community that have been preserved for over a century.
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:
- Remembrances Newsletter Summer 2018
- Remembrances 2018-3
- Remembrances Newsletter - Spring 2018
- Remembrances Special Edition Article 2018-2: 2018 Influenza/Flu Outbreak vs. Historic Epidemic Episodes
- Remembrances Newsletter-Winter 2018
- Remembrance Special Edition Art. 2018-1
- Dont Mess With Texas Trash - Adopt A Highway 482 (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)
- Remembrances Special Edition Article-Origins of Randolph AFB (PDF)
- SHPC ETC. (PDF)
- SHPC Annual Report 2017