Historical Society of Helotes


FEBRUARY general meeting

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 4, 2020 • 12:00 -2:00 PM

This meeting is open to the public.

LOCATION: Gardens at Old Town

15060 Antonio Drive, Helotes, TX

GUEST SPEAKER: Jo Anne Gonzalez Murphy,

1718 San Antonio Founding Families & Descendants


"The Founding Families of the San Antonio Presidio"

Jo Anne Gonzalez Murphy is the founder and president of the 1718 San Antonio Founding Families & Descendants, a 501(3)c culturally affiliated lineal descendant organization founded in 2017. This group continues the preservation, awareness and education of Spanish Governor Martin de Alarcon's May 1, 1718 expedition, which included 35 royal Presidio Soldiers, their families, friars and civilians who founded and established San Antonio, the Villa de Bejar (first Spanish settlement), Mission San Antonio de Valero (later known as the Alamo) and the Presidio de Bejar (later known as the Spanish Governor's Palace).

LUNCH: A box lunch from JASON'S DELI (three choices)

To make reservations and order your deluxe box lunch, go to: http://www.historicalsocietyofhelotes.org/id6.html

Reservation/meal order must be made by February 2nd.

Members - $10; Non-Members - $15

For more information, email: info@historicalsocietyofhelotes.org

board approves appointment of corresponding secretary

At the January 13th Board Meeting, the HSH Board of Directors approved the appointment of Irene Scharf as Corresponding Secretary. The HSH membership will be asked to ratify the nomination at our February General Meeting. Irene has been a long-time member of our society and has served on the board in the past. She currently serves as Field Trip Coordinator.

2020 HSH FIESTA MEDAL preview

Our 2020 HSH Fiesta medals are COMING SOON! They are in production and should be available by the end of February. We plan to sell the medals at various outlets, which we will publicize at a future date. They will also be available for purchase on the Society's website.

The medals are a fundraiser for the HSH, and sell for $10 each.

Support our Historical Society. ORDER SOON and add some extra fun to your life! VIVA HSH....VIVA FIESTA!

Photo: An artist's rendition of what our medal will look like.

2020 FIESTA MEDAL BASH - March 25

Join us at the Fiesta Medal Bash and support the Society! Purchase your HSH medals at this fun event. Volunteers are needed to help at the HSH table for a one or two-hour shift, starting at 6:00 pm. To volunteer, contact Myra Hanson at info@historicalsocietyofhelotes.org

WHEN: Wednesday, March 25

WHERE: Helotes 4-H Activity Center

TIME: 6:00 to 9:00 pm



DATE: Tuesday, February 25, 2020

TIME: Carpool from Old Town Helotes - Leaving at 8:30 AM

or Meet us at the Eastside Cemetery Complex at 9:30 AM

TOUR GUIDE: Beth Hollowell, Professional Tour Guide Association of San Antonio

CONTACT: Email Irene Scharf at Irene.scharf@gmail.com regarding your interest to attend.

You can sign-up at the February General Meeting.

More details regarding the schedule will be sent via email to those who sign-up for the tour.

This is a Members Only tour. Please make sure you have renewed your membership.


The Great Food from Historic Grey Forest Cookbook will be offered for sale at our HSH February General Meeting. This is an update from the 2006 version, with many new recipes and an expanded history of Grey Forest and the SLPC. It is also a tribute to many of the former residents of Grey Forest no longer with us, but whose recipes in the cookbook will remind residents of their days as our neighbors. One cookbook sells for $25.00, but if you buy 5 or more, they are only $20 each.

You may also purchase cookbooks or ask questions, by contacting anyone of the following:

(barbaracoulter@yahoo.com, mautzmarjorie@gmail.com, lorna.m.main@outlook.com, irene.scharf@gmail.com)

Membership Dues for 2020 are Due

Memberships are for the calendar year, starting January 1. However, if you paid your dues November 1, 2019 or later, you are good for 2020. If you need to check on the status of your membership, contact Cynthia Massey at: info@historicalsocietyofhelotes.org.

$10 - Individual

$15 - Family (spouses and children under 18)

$25 - Business (includes three people from your business, and

your business card & web link will be displayed on our website)

To renew your membership, via Paypal, go to this link:


(Paypal adds a $1 fee)

you dON’T want to MISS ThIS!

HSH General Meeting - May 2020

Date: May 5, 2020 • 12:00 pm - 2 pm

Location: Gardens at Old Town, 15060 Antonio Drive, Helotes

Guest Speakers: Robin Terrazas and Rita Schimpff, United Daughters of the Confederacy

Presentation: The Travis Park Confederate Monument: The History & Ladies Behind It

Robin and Rita have prepared a slide show presentation telling the history of San Antonio’s first and oldest monument, erected in Travis Park. Our speakers will take us on a surprise-filled journey of the park from 1861 to the present lawsuit against the City of San Antonio, which under cover of darkness, having waived due process, and refusing to meet with the Daughters, on August 31, 2017, removed the Confederate war memorial and historic time capsule to a still secret location. The monument was damaged, and possibly everything in the 120-year-old time capsule destroyed by city negligence while expense to taxpayers is climbing. The presentation will open your eyes to a story being kept under wraps!

Robin Terrazas, president, and Rita Schimpff, are members of the Albert Sidney Johnston Chapter 2060 United Daughters of the Confederacy in San Antonio.