Meeting has been canceled due to COVID-19 virus risk for our members and visitors. Hopefully, it will be rescheduled at some time in the near future.
Title: Locating Lost Cemeteries of the Hill Country
Speaker: Jenny McWilliams, Coordinator of the Texas Historical Commission Cemetery Preservation Program
Site identification is at the very core of preservation. Small family cemeteries are scattered throughout the Texas Hill County. Without identification and assessment, they will be lost to land-clearing and development.
Archeologists are trained to observe the landscape and look for clues of the past. It is this skill that will be needed to save forgotten isolated graves and small family plots.
McWilliams invites you to learn more about the needs and procedures involved in finding, recording, and preserving these historic sites of the Texas Hill County.
Jenny McWilliams works for the Texas Historical Commission as the Cemetery Preservation Program Coordinator. Her position includes answering inquiries about cemetery law, access issues, cemetery maintenance, preservation, protection and recording. As the Cemetery Program Coordinator, Jenny also manages the Historic Texas Cemetery designation program as well as the THC’s online Historic Sites Atlas.
Prior to her work at the THC, Jenny was an archeologist for Cultural Resource Management firms in Texas. As part of her 20-year archeological career, Jenny traveled extensively throughout Texas, often excavating graves for relocation for clients such as TxDOT, lignite mining companies, and a reservoir project. Jenny received her undergraduate degree from Southwest Texas State University and her Master’s Degree from Texas Tech University. Jenny was raised in College Station, where her father was a professor at Texas A&M, and she currently lives in Austin.
Place: Union Church Building, 101 Travis St, Kerrville, TX 78028
This is at the intersection of Broadway, Travis Street, and Water Street. There is plenty of parking, and the larger space inside will accommodate everyone very comfortably.