About the Historical Society
never looks like history when you are living through it. - John W. Gardner
In 1996, residents interested in preserving Helotes' 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, which opened in 1979 in the Gugger General Store
(est. in 1881) in Old Town Helotes. The Society began compiling oral histories and notebooks of newspaper clippings and photographs
about Helotes, and it met regularly at the Hickory Hut to hear talks about the history of the area.
Lucy Brown, who served as the
first President of the Society and who was known as a "walking history book of Helotes," suffered a heart attack
and died in November 1988. The next month, the Society dedicated the Lucy Brown Memorial Library in a small cottage owned
by the Terry family next to the Hickory Hut. After Wanda Terry passed away in 2005, the library closed.
A name change
in 2010 to the Historical Society of Helotes, along with an application for incorporation and 501 (c) 3 tax-exempt status,
which was granted March 23, 2010, signified a renewed effort to continue the work of Lucy Brown and Wanda Terry and established
a solid foundation for future Society 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.
Please view the video below for a retrospective
of the history of our society!
Video: "Historical Society of Helotes: