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About the Historical Society of Helotes
"History never looks like history when you are living through it." - John W. Gardner
In 1966, residents interested in preserving Helotes's history formed the Helotes Historical Society. The group was spearheaded by Lucy Perkins Brown, editor of the town newspaper, The Helotes Echo, and Wanda Terry, owner of the Hickory Hut Restaurant in Old Town Helotes. Brown died in 1988, and after Terry's death in 2005, a small group of dedicated volunteers kept the Society going.

The organization was renamed the Historical Society of Helotes and achieved 501(c)3 tax-exempt status in 2010. This renewed effort established a firm foundation, allowing the labors of Lucy and Wanda to live on in the Society's future endeavors.  


Today, the Society sponsors many events and activities to fulfill its mission to preserve the history of the area and provide educational opportunities. One of its primary goals is the future realization of a museum and visitors' center in Old Town Helotes.  


Society Officers:

President - Cynthia Massey  

Vice President - Rick Schroder   

Secretary - Melissa Guerrero

Treasurer - Mary Ann Greenlees

Historian - Ardie Garner

Parliamentarian - Myra Hanson  




 Video / Photos

Please view the video for a retrospective of the history of our society!


Descendants of Helotes pioneers Jesusa and Shelly Lee (left to right) Haley, Barbara and Ronnie Durbin, and Barbara Suehs (far right) attended the November 2017 General Meeting, where member Irene Scharf (second from left), gave a presentation on the historic Lee Ranch.


 A wine tasting at the Grey Moss Inn in April 2016, a members only event.



The Gallagher Ranch tour in October 2017 drew a large group from our membership.


Long-time member Nora Villarreal (center) was presented a plaque designating her as a legendary "Life" member by board members Cynthia Massey (l) and Shirley Owen (r) at the 2014 Historical Society Gala.


The Society installed a museum-quality display case in the Helotes City Hall gallery in July of 2012. Artifacts are rotated twice annually in January and June. This photo is of the first exhibit with artifacts donated by member Fred Wendt (first person on the left, shown here with some of his family members). The Wendt's are descendants of Frederick Braun.


 Historical Society members participate in the 2011 Cornyval Parade.


 Historical Society of Helotes  P.O. Box 707, Helotes, TX 78023