Save Austin's Cemeteries is a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving historic cemeteries in the Austin through documentation and education, and to promoting historic cemeteries of Austin as local and state cultural resources.
Dale Flatt founded Save Austin's Cemeteries in 2004 when he saw need for a higher level of maintenance at Oakwood Cemetery. Since then, SAC has been actively participating in the preservation efforts at the five city cemeteries. SAC documents the conditions at the cemeteries including the headstones and researches the histories of the cemeteries and cemetery residents. SAC provides input to City Council and the Parks & Recreation Department on cemetery needs.
SAC provides educational opportunities to the public by providing walking tours several times a year that cover a variety of topics, such as Texas Independence, Prominent Women of Austin, Place Names of Austin, and the annual event called Murder, Mayhem & Misadventure for Halloween. SAC also provides tours for school and scout groups on individualized topics.
SAC also hosts guest speaker sessions where guests are invited to talk about their field of interest. This has included Jewish Burial Customs, Ethnic Heritage in Austin, George Washington Littlefield Family History, Cemetery Symbolism to name a few.Accomplishments: 2011 2010
Partners in Preservation
Save Austin's Cemeteries extends its sincerest gratitude to the following supporters:
Certified Local Government Program of the Texas Historical Commission:
Awarded the City of Austin in partnership with SAC a $7,600 matching grant in May 2012 for restoring the roof of the small building in the Oakwood Cemetery Annex.
Ben Heimsath and his studio team are creating a feasibility study for the Oakwood Cemetery Chapel Restoration project on a pro bono basis.
The Charles and Betti Saunders Foundation:
Pat, Steve, Kate and Ian Saunders donated $3,500 in June 2009 that went towards the engineering design drawings for the Oakwood Cemetery Chapel's foundation repair.
National Trust for Historic Preservation:
Awarded SAC with a $2,360 matching grant from the Fondren Endowed Fund received in October 2007 for conducting a building condition assessment and materials analysis on the Oakwood Cemetery Chapel.