Historical Society of Helotes

MAY 2018

upcoming General Meeting

DATE: Tuesday, May 1 • Noon

LOCATION: Gardens at Old Town Helotes

15060 Antonio Drive, Helotes, TX

GUEST SPEAKER: Irene Sandell, Award-Winning Texas Author

PRESENTATION: “Early Texas and the Fort System”

A fifth generation Texan, author Irene Sandell was a Texas history teacher for more than thirty years. Now retired from the teaching profession, she uses her expert knowledge in her award-winning novels and in documentaries for the Texas History classroom. In all, she has filmed, written and produced twenty documentaries and has also written several textbooks used in classrooms across the state. The videos encompass pre-history to modern times. For information, visit www.texasvis.com.

Sandell is also the author of four award-winning novels set in Texas: In a Fevered Land, River of the Arms of God, House on Swiss Avenue, and Beloved Over All, winner of the 2017 WILLA Literary Award for Original Softcover Fiction and a 2017 winner of the Will Rogers Silver Medallion Award for Western Fiction. Sandell's novels combine her love of Texas history with her passion for writing. Her books tell the heartfelt stories of people woven into true places and events in the Lone Star State. Visit www.irenesandell.com for more information about her books. A resident of Plano, Sandell will autograph and sell copies of her books after the presentation.

LUNCH: $10 for members / $15 for nonmembers

Includes a box lunch & beverage. Choose from a menu of three Jason’s Deli lunch options: Go to www.historicalsocietyofhelotes.org. Make a selection on the Meetings page. Your reservation or meal order must be made by April 29.

  • Pay onlineYour online order will be your reservation.
  • Or send a check payable to: Historical Society of Helotes, PO Box 707, Helotes, TX 78023. If paying by check, send an RSVP to info@historicalsocietyofhelotes.org or call 210-695-5328.

Annual fundraiser

Please consider making a generous donation to the Historical Society of Helotes in 2018. Remember that your donations are tax-deductible. Your name or business name and donation level (not the monetary amount) will be included on our website. A percentage of all donations will be dedicated to the museum fund.

Suggested donation levels:

Settler $35 - $99

Pioneer $100 - $499

Trailblazer $500- $999

Trail Boss $1,000 - $1,999

History Maker $2,000 plus

Other Amount: ___________

You can make your donation online, on the bottom of the Society's homepage, or send a check payable to the Historical Society of Helotes, PO Box 707, Helotes, TX 78023. You may have received a fundraising letter and donor form in April. You can download the Donor Form, below.


Lifetime HSH member Ken Dempsey is opening a café and bakery in the historic Hileman/Riggs Boarding House building in Old Town. A grand opening will be held in May. Please support this new business in Helotes, which will be showcasing our art prints and archival photos and directing patrons to our website store. Our postcards and notecards may also be purchased at the new bakery.

Ken has asked the Society for help in decorating the bakery with historic photos in a large format. Our board is working on this project, which will be beneficial to the new bakery, the City of Helotes, and the Society.


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