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
Janet Wolber, Secretary
Marty Keil, Treasurer
Mary Jane Windle
Texas Theatre Management Committee
February 18, 2020
Dear Seguin Conservation Society Members,
A new decade means new excitement for the Seguin Conservation Society in 2020!
We thank you for your continued support of our events and structures. Without your contributions financially, and by volunteering, we could not preserve and promote the rich history of Seguin. In 2019, we did a number of improvements to our properties including major upgrades to the electrical at all our properties with feature lighting on the Doll House and Calaboose. We also partnered with the City of Seguin for a new ADA compliant sidewalk on Live Oak Street.
As 2020 begins, you may be receiving this about time of the premiere and book signing by Floyd McKee of his first volume of “Snapshots of Seguin.” The book launch will be on Texas Independence Day, Monday, March 2nd from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the Stephen and Mary Birch Texas Theatre. Books are $25 and will be available that evening and then at various locations in town after the signing. We thank Floyd for his support and putting some great history in print!
On Saturday, April 25th, the SCS will host it’s second annual Mother/Daughter Tea on the grounds of the Dietz-Castilla Doll House and Los Nogales Museum. Board Member Annie Perry did a wonderful job last year putting this all together and she is leading the charge again this year with some great volunteers. Details will be announced soon.
That same day we will also be partnering with the Magnolia Hotel in hosting a Texas Rangers Encampment and Jack Hayes Marriage Re-enactment. That will be the weekend of April 24-25. More details will be announced and shared by the City of Seguin CVB.
Seguin’s annual Birthday Party Celebration will be held on Friday, Aug. 7th! Kay Martin will again be chairing that event with a great support crew. There will be great food, music, ice cream contest, golf tournament and more.
The SCS will again participate in Pecan Fest 2020 on Saturday, Oct. 24th with our facilities open that day along with selling homemade pecan products downtown. Thank you all to who baked last year. We started with a great supply of products at 10 a.m., but were sold out by 2 p.m.
We will complete the calendar year with our Holiday Tour of Homes on Saturday, Dec. 5th. Marty Keil has headed up this very popular event and we are sure this year’s tour will again be fantastic with possibly a few new “features”.
In addition, we have a variety of special events coming to the Stephen and Mary Birch Texas Theatre including Reflections of Patsy Cline with Lisa Layne, April 19; the play “Dearly Beloved”, June 18-22; July 4th Parade Viewing; Drama Camp, July 13-25; The Ultimate Elvis Experience with Josh Davis, Aug. 22; Heart of Texas Honky Tonk Show, Oct. 24; and the Malpass Brothers, Nov. 8.
We do all this, in addition to maintaining our properties and hosting various tour groups and tours by area schools.
As you can see, we need your help both financially and with your time. Please consider signing up to work at one of the special events listed on the reply card enclosed with this letter. We promise you will have a fun time and get to meet some pretty special folks.
We are also working on some new social media avenues to keep you more informed about these and other events. We want to keep you informed! Visit our web pages at www.seguinconservation.org or you can also see us on facebook and like our pages!
The SCS board says THANK YOU for your support and we look forward to new horizons in 2020!
Steve Tschoepe, President
Seguin Conservation Society
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