Historical Preservation Committee
- 6:30 PM
- The 4th Thursday of January, April, July and October
- Bob Andrews Conference Room Bldg.1
AGENDAS & MINUTES
Agendas are available prior to the meetings. Minutes are available following approval.
|Elizabeth Strong, Chair||May 31, 2020|
|Dean Weirtz, Vice Chair||May 31, 2020|
|Debbie Krause, Committee Member||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|
|Rozalyn 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
- The Historical Preservation Committee was thrilled to join with the Schertz Public Affairs Office, Schertz Public Library, and Schertz/Cibolo Valley Genealogy Society for "Schertz Now and Then: An Evening of Heritage & History" on March 6 at the library. Members had a great time showing off historical photos and maps and answering visitor questions about the many changes that our community has seen over the years. The event featured the premiere of a new documentary film including oral histories from several prominent Schertz residents, following by a panel discussion with Mayor Michael Carpenter and several participants in the documentary. SHPC Vice-Chair Dean Weirtz was one of the panelists featured. The film and discussion highlighted how the core values of our community as a welcoming, family-friendly place have remained the same in spite of decades of growth and change in Schertz. We hope that this film will be a source of pride for the city and will continue to educate residents and visitors about our past.
- At our January 24 meeting, the committee voted to approve Elizabeth Strong to serve as committee chair. Previous chair Dean Weirtz will continue in the role of Vice-Chair. Dr. Strong grew up in Plano, Texas, but spent her entire childhood visiting her grandparents in Schertz, and has lived here since 2016. She joined the Historical Preservation Committee in 2017 and began serving as its social media manager in 2018 Currently a French teacher at San Marcos High School, she is completing a degree in Information Studies from the University of Texas at Austin, and helping organizations preserve information about cultural heritage is her passion. She has previously done internships with the Institute of Texan Cultures in San Antonio, the Texas Archive of the Moving Image in Austin, and the Jack County Museum in Jacksboro, Texas.
- The committee is extremely grateful to Dean Weirtz for his years of service as chair of the Historical Preservation Committee and his willingness to continue to serve as Vice-Chair. Dean was instrumental in the committee’s charter on December 19, 2006, and has served as the committee chairman until this year. Under his leadership, the committee has produced three books; provided informative talks to local genealogy societies; directed walking tours for Clemens High School history students; assisted in public clean-up efforts in our historic neighborhoods; collected historic artifacts and photographs and arranged their placement in satellite galleries throughout the community; shared a variety of research in local publications and on the city’s Facebook page; gathered oral histories from our senior center and from descendants of original Schertz settler families; and contributed a virtual presence to the Bexar County BiblioTech’s 300th Anniversary Digital Archive. Mr. Weirtz has even traveled personally to Riedisheim, France, to meet with the history society there. It is no exaggeration to say that the accomplishments of the Schertz Historical Preservation Committee would not exist without the tireless efforts of Mr. Weirtz, and we thank him for his continued service.
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 Winter 2019
- Remeberances Special Edition Art. 2019-1
- Remembrances Newsletter Fall 2018
- 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
- Remembrances 2018-5 The Schertz Family Legacy
- Remembrances Article 2018-4 Alsace, France - Family Migration to Central Texas