Historical Society of Helotes



DATE: Tuesday, September 4, 2018 • 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

LOCATION: Gardens at Old Town Helotes

15060 Antonio Drive, Helotes, TX

GUEST SPEAKER: Juan S. Garcia, Secretary, The Lipan Apache Tribe of Texas

PRESENTATION: "How the Lipan Apache Used the Buffalo"

Juan Garcia, a descendant of Lipan Apaches, will give a presentation on how his ancestors used buffalo. Dressed in full Apache regalia, he will show us the tools, weapons, and other artifacts the tribe made from buffalo. According to Mr. Garcia, the buffalo was a walking “Wal-Mart” for the Lipan Apaches.

Helotes was once a seasonal agricultural camp for the nomadic Lipan Apaches. Around 1723, the Tribe came into contact with Spanish woodcutters at "Elotes Pass," an area named by the Spaniards for the corn they found growing there. This corn was most likely planted by the Lipans. The Tribe maintained a presence in the area until about the mid-1850's.

Garcia is a resident of Corpus Christi, Texas. He has given presentations to schools, retirement homes, and other places for more than 20 years. Since his retirement from Occidental Chemical Corporation in 2014, he also volunteers at the Texas State Aquarium and St. Peter's Catholic Church. For the last six years, Garcia has been secretary of the Lipan Apache Tribe of Texas. Visit the group's website at www.lipanapache.org.


A deluxe box lunch from Jason's Deli. Members - $10 / Nonmembers - $15

Choose from three menu items and purchase in advance on our website: www.historicalsocietyofhelotes.org (scroll to the bottom of the Meetings page).

  • Your meal order/reservation must be made by September 2nd.
  • 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, please also RSVP via email to info@historicalsocietyofhelotes.org.

For more information, email info@historicalsocietyofhelotes.org. This meeting is open to the public.

Helotes Schools Featured

A new book, One Room, Schools and Schoolteachers in the Pioneer West, by Gail L. Jenner, with sections on two pioneer Helotes schools (Helotes Elementary and Clifton), is being released soon. The books will be sold at Simply Yours Gifts & More in Old Town Helotes. If you are interested in purchasing this book and have not already contacted Cynthia Massey with an order, please contact her at info@historicalsocietyofhelotes.org. Books are $22, with payment required when purchased.

new exhibit at City Hall

A City is Born, 1981 – Present

The Historical Society of Helotes invites you to view its new exhibit: “Helotes History, A City is Born, 1981 – Present,” in the gallery of Helotes City Hall. The collection includes renderings of preliminary city boundaries, population and households through the years, early and current city leaders, and many other City artifacts.

october Field Trip

Wednesday, Oct. 17th, 10am

309 Paris Street

Castroville, TX

We will be touring:


After the tour, we will have lunch at a Castroville restaurant. A special thanks to our new Field Trip Coordinator, Irene Scharf, for organizing this event! More information will be sent out later.

You can carpool from Helotes at 9:00 am, or meet us at the History Center. However, you MUST let us know you are going. Reservations are limited to 25. Please reserve your space soon!

RSVP to: info@historicalsocietyofhelotes.org

This will be a Members Only tour.

events of interest in San Antonio

Film Premiere Cancelled

The world premiere of the film “Texas Before the Alamo,” originally scheduled for September, has been cancelled.

october 20

San Antonio Genealogical and Historical Society Annual Fall Seminar takes place on October 20th at the Cross Roads Church (formerly John Calvin Presbyterian Church) in San Antonio. Click this link for details:


november 2-4

Texas State Genealogy Society Conference

The 2018 TxSGS Family History Conference features dozens of excellent speakers presenting a total of 56 topics over the three-day weekend. Click this link for details: