History of the Seguin Conservation Society
The Seguin Conservation Society was officially formed on September 11, 1951. The purpose for these initial meetings of representatives from various civic organizations was to acquire and restore the “Little House” on the corner of South River and Live Oak Streets owned by Dr. Hugh Davis. The first project was completed and later became known as Los Nogales Museum.
Members of the original Board of Directors were D.W. Reneau, Aileen Williams, Elizabeth Schuessler, Henry Donegan Jr., E.W. Bartholomae, Hilda Weinert, Leonie Pape, Raymond Thompson and Willie Mae Weinert. Members of the original project committee were Virginia Woods, Maud Baer, Joe Burgess, Frieda Saegert, Walter Frey, Sue Smith and Clark Core. Many citizens of Seguin, past and present, have generously contributed time, effort and money to the goals of the Society in preserving the history of our community.
The Conservation Society continues many projects to further this preservation endeavor, which include: Moore House Luncheons held the first Thursday of each month, September through June; the City of Seguin Birthday Party held each August at the Campbell Log Cabin; the Heritage Christmas Tour of Homes and, in conjunction with the Chamber of Commerce, True Women tours to our city to visit historical sites noted in the book by Janice Woods Windle.
Throughout the past 50 years the Conservation Society has grown in membership and properties. Membership today totals over 400 with a very active volunteer base. Historic structures owned by the society, in addition to the Los Nogales Museum and Texas Theatre, include the Dietz Doll House, Campbell Log Cabin, The Moore House and Seguin’s First Church. The Conservation Society is committed to public, as well as private, investment in historical sites to be preserved for the knowledge and cultural benefit of present and future citizens of Seguin and the surrounding areas.
The Dietz-Castilla Doll House
Board of Directors
Steve Tschoepe, President
Dottsy Dwyer, Vice President
Mary Jane Windle, Secretary
Norma Colunga, Treasurer
Texas Theatre Management Committee
Dear Seguin Conservation Society Members,
Wow!!! It seems impossible that the first month of 2019 has passed us by and 2018 is in the history books.
But as your Seguin Conservation Society board looks ahead, we do not forget the significant accomplishments of 2018 made by your board and with your support.
Once again the year was filled with numerous tours of our historic properties along with special events showcasing our properties and events in the community. The Seguin Birthday party in August was a great success with a delicious barbecue meal, good music, tasty ice cream and a successful golf tournament. October brought our participation in Pecan Fest, and not only did the SCS board have our properties open, we also were manning a booth downtown at Trade Days selling homemade pecan products and other SCS items. This gave us an advantage to direct people to our open properties. We had nearly 100 people tour our Heritage Village that Saturday alone.
We rounded out 2018 with a very successful Tour of Homes. Again we had almost 300 people tour the beautifully decorated homes. This year our Tour Chairman, Marty Keil, responded to some past requests to include some “newer” constructed homes in addition to some of our historic properties like the Fritz house at TLU and the Second Baptist Church (participants at that site even got to be a part of an ice cream social).
Probably one of the most significant SCS events was the sale of the Moore House on Johnson Street. A very agonizing decision was made in January 2018 to sell the property. Due to increasing maintenance and operational costs, as well as a decline in rentals and in volunteers available to operate the facility, the board voted unanimously to sell the property. In late spring, volunteers started going though all the contents of the property. Those items on loan were handled, some items moved to other SCS properties, other items were put on loan to the Heritage Museum, and then finally some items were part of an “estate sale.” It was during this process, before the home was actually on the market, that we received two offers on the property. Both were very good offers but one seemed to be the perfect fit, and John and Neida Mays purchased the home. The SCS board was blessed that a couple who has experience in restoring older homes now reside there. If you have driven by, you may have noticed some exterior work already done. It is wonderful to see the place occupied daily by a couple who will give it the needed attention. They have said they will have the home on our Christmas Tour once all renovations are done. Yeah!!
The proceeds from the sale have been invested for a possible additional property purchase one day in the future.
One of the significant maintenance projects of 2018 was the installation of new porch materials at the Log Cabin. That work was finished before the Birthday Party and enjoyed then. Funding for the project came from YOU – our members, along with assistance from the City of Seguin Hotel/Motel funds and a Help Seguin Shine grant.
The management team at the Texas Theatre continues to work hard to bring different events to the historic SCS facility. I rearranged the order of these sentences. Not sure if this is what you intended to say. As pointed out previously, in August 2011 we got a loan of $230,000 to pay the last construction bill. The note on the facility is now less than $13,000 and the challenge for 2019 is to have it paid off. In this short time the management team, SCS membership and attendees have generated the income to make this happen. This also includes the Texas paying its own operational and maintenance costs. Again there are no paid employees at the Texas or any other SCS property. We have the BEST volunteers right here in Seguin!
We THANK YOU for renewing your membership and attending our events! As you fill out your enclosed membership card and write your check we ask that you add “a little extra” to help support the SCS or Texas. You can designate it for any of our properties or special events!
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On behalf of the board and myself we say “Thank You” for your support of the Seguin Conservation Society!!
Steve Tschoepe, President
Seguin Conservation Society
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