Historical Society of Helotes

Spring 2021


Tuesday, May 4, 2021 • 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

This meeting is open to the public.

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

GUEST SPEAKER: Cynthia Leal Massey, Award-Winning Author and President of the Historical Society of Helotes

PRESENTATION: Highlights of Helotes History, 1850-2020

Originally published in 2008, the newly revised, comprehensive history of our town, Helotes, Where the Texas Hill Country Begins, was republished in December 2020 after being out-of-print for three years. The books adds sixty-five pages of text and photographs, including a section on the San Geronimo community and other new material. Founded by European and Mexican immigrants in the 1850s, Helotes has a rich history, and this year is celebrating its 40th year of incorporation as a city. Helotes, Where the Texas Hill Country Begins offers a thoroughly researched and fascinating account of a town founded by hardworking pioneers and populated by renegade Indians, elusive bandits, and impassioned citizens.

Cynthia is the author of seven books of fiction and nonfiction. Helotes, Images of America and Death of a Texas Ranger chronicle the story of Helotes settlement. Her upcoming book, What Lies Beneath, Texas Pioneers Cemeteries and Graveyards, will be released July 1, 2021. This book features more than 100 Texas cemeteries, including our own Zion Lutheran Church historic cemetery on Leslie Road. She has written hundreds of magazine articles, and a history column for the Helotes and Leon Springs Highlights monthly magazine since 2015.



  • Members - $12 / Non-members - $16
  • A deluxe box lunch from Jason's Deli
  • Order on the Meetings page of the Society's website: www.historicalsocietyofhelotes.org by May 2nd. Your order is your RSVP

Attendees are not required to order a meal. If you are not going to order a meal, but plan to attend, please email info@historicalsocietyofhelotes.org to RSVP.

For more information, email: info@historicalsocietyofhelotes.org .


The HSH will have a booth at this year’s Cornyval Festival, Thursday April 29 through Sunday May 2. The Society’s booth is located near the ticket booth on the west side of the grounds. Ardie Garner and Cynthia Massey are booth co-chairs.

We'll be selling our Helotes T-Shirts, books on Helotes, Helotes history notecard sets, postcards, and notepads, fiesta medals, along with other items significant to Helotes.

If you are interested in volunteering for a three-hour shift between 5 pm to 10 pm on Thursday or Friday, 11 am to 10 pm on Saturday, or 11 am to 8 pm on Sunday, please email info@historicalsocietyofhelotes.org. A limited amount of booth volunteers will get a wristband for free entrance.

If you cannot volunteer but are attending the festival, come by and visit our booth! Admission to the grounds is $20.


Our Society's 2021 Fiesta Medals are finally available for purchase! We will be selling the beautiful new medals at our Cornyval booth. Be sure to stop by and see us at the Helotes Festival grounds Thursday, April 29 through Sunday, May 2.

You may also buy the medals at the May 4th General Meeting and on the Society's website. Get yours while they last!


The following individuals have been placed in nomination by the nomination committee for the 2021-2023 HSH Board of Directions. The election will take place at the May 4th General Meeting with a majority vote of those in attendance. Nominations from the floor will also be accepted.


If you have not renewed your membership for 2021, there is still time! Memberships are for the calendar year, beginning on January 1. If you're unsure of your membership status, contact Cynthia Massey at info@historicalsocietyofhelotes.org.

To renew your membership, via Paypal, go to:


(PayPal payments include a $1 fee for online payment.)

There are three memberships types:

  • Individual - $10
  • Family - $15 (includes spouses and children under 18)
  • Business - $25 (includes three people from your business and your business website link displayed on our website)