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.