In 1966, a few 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 educational activities to preserve the history of the area. One of our primary goals is the future realization of a museum and visitors' center in Old Town Helotes.
The purpose of the Historical Society of Helotes includes
the discovery, preservation, and dissemination of knowledge about the history of Helotes, Texas, and the surrounding area. Membership is open to all individuals interested in promoting this mission. All income is used to further our mission and fund necessary operating expenses.
The objectives of the Society are to collect, study, and preserve the history of Helotes, Texas, the surrounding area, and the people who are a part of this area. The focus shall
be on educating present and future generations on the
importance of history and heritage.
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