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Save Austin's Cemeteries Calendar 2014

 

2ND SATURDAY OF EACH MONTH: SAC board meetings are typically held at Oakwood Cemetery at 10:00 a.m. If you are interested in attending, please contact info@sachome.org to confirm time and place.

   
April 5

SAC Photo Documentation / Gravestone Cleaning Session at beautiful Oakwood Cemetery at 9:00AM

It's time for Volunteer Action Day! Enjoy some fresh air this weekend with Save Austin's Cemeteries by volunteering for a photo-documentation and gravestone -cleaning session at beautiful historic Oakwood Cemetery. The session last about 1.5-2 hours.

Bring your digital camera and USB cords, as well as sensible closed-toed shoes, appropriate clothing for the weather conditions and water.

For those interested in gravestone cleaning for the first time, please contact historian@sachome.org for a list of useful supplies.

Oakwood Cemetery is located just south of the UT baseball field, east of I-35. We'll be meeting in Section 2 (southeast quadrant in Oakwood).

We hope to see you there!

April 12

SAC Guest Speaker Series "A House Divided: The Holland Family in Black and White" at Oakwood Cemetery at 10:00AM

R.G. Ratcliffe was a political and government reporter at the Texas Capitol for almost thirty years, covering every governor from Bill Clements to Rick Perry. Ratcliffe worked at the Capitol mostly for the Houston Chronicle, but he also has written for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, the Austin American-Statesman and Texas Monthly. Ratcliffe also traveled extensively with presidential candidates between 1988 and 2008 and is featured in the HBO documentary "Journeys with George" about George W. Bush's 2000 presidential run.

A long-time student of history, Ratcliffe in 2012 was working on a biography of Rick Perry when he stumbled on the intriguing story of a 19th Century politician who had sons by his brother's slave, took them to Ohio, freed them and paid abolitionists to raise them. One brother fought for the Union in the Civil War and won the congressional Medal of Honor, while another brother returned to Texas and won election to the Legislature where he passed a bill creating what became Prairie View A&M University. The father and one of his sons are buried in Oakwood Cemetery.

Oakwood Cemetery is located just east of IH-35 and south of the UT baseball field at 1601 Comal/Navasota.  Please wear sensible closed-toe shoes as the walking tour presentation will take place in the cemetery and the terrain is uneven.

 

May

SAC photo-documentation sessions at beautiful Oakwood Cemetery. Time: TBA
The sessions last about 1.5-2 hours. Bring your digital camera and USB cords, as well as sensible closed-toed shoes, appropriate clothing for the weather conditions and water.