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Save Austin's Cemeteries

  Mailing Address: Telephone: Meeting Place:
  PO Box 16411 512-917-1666 Oakwood Cemetery Chapel
Austin, Texas 78761 1601 Navasota Street, Austin, Texas
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President: Beth Pickett
Originally from Amarillo and an Austin resident for 14 years, Beth is relatively new to SAC and cites the Halloween tours at Oakwood as her introduction to the group. She fosters a wide variety of interests and participation, most recently serving on boards at the state, region, and local levels of Citizen Police Academy Alumni Associations and currently volunteering for the Austin Police Department. After running the gauntlet of jobs familiar to wanderers in the liberal arts, she has worked as a technical writer for over 20 years, primarily in federal contracting. She holds a degree in Art History with a minor in Interior Design. Art, symbolism, and the stories of those who have passed on—true, untrue, and imagined—are what draw her to cemeteries. In between casually training for triathlons and keeping her Dalmatian entertained, she enjoys photography and participates in the monthly documentation sessions at Oakwood. One of her photographs was selected for the inaugural edition of the Save Austin’s Cemeteries 2011 calendar.
Vice President: Kay Boyd
Kay has been a member of SAC for several years. She is keenly interested in the preservation and care of Austin cemeteries. Her great-grandparents were Swedish immigrants who came to Texas in 1870 and are buried in Oakwood Cemetery. She also has family buried in the Austin Annex and Austin Memorial Park. Kay is also a member of the Austin Genealogical Society and the Caldwell County Genealogical and Historical Society. She works with the Travis County cemetery project of AGS. She was instrumental in beginning the Travis County Pioneer program. Besides cemeteries and genealogy, she is very interested in Travis County history concentrating on the Manor area. Currently she is a volunteer at the Austin History Center and the Manor Library.
Secretary: Leslie Wolfenden
A founding member of SAC, Leslie is an architectural historian with degrees in Historic Preservation, Architecture, and Interior Design. Her work takes her all over Texas assisting Main Street towns with design and display recommendations. Leslie's education and work experience have been instrumental in leading the Oakwood Cemetery Chapel Rehabilitation project.
Treasurer: Barbara Surles
Barbara is fascinated with all things old and historical, and she joined SAC after attending the 2008 Murder, Mayhem and Misadventure Tour (thanks to the write-up in the Austin American Statesman). As a member, she is involved with the headstone documentation project and volunteers at walking tours. Barbara’s husband, Jeff, has a great-great-great-great grandfather buried at Oakwood (Benjamin Franklin Grumbles) who fought in the War of 1812.
Historian: Danny Camacho
Danny is a history buff, who dedicates many hours to sifting through microfilm of historical newspapers and sexton ledgers in order to piece together information for SAC's walking tours and other events. Danny is particularly interested in the pre-1900 era as it reveals intriguing details about how life was lived back then and why. Danny is also a dedicated volunteer at the Austin History Center.
Founder & Liaison: Dale Flatt
Dale is a professional firefighter/EMT with the City of Austin and is the founder of Save Austin's Cemeteries. He is a past Master of a Masonic Lodge and chairman of the local Masonic cemetery. For the past 10 years, he has dedicated a large portion of his off-duty hours to the study and practice of preservation efforts for the historic cemeteries in the Austin area. Dale volunteers on projects with the Texas Historical Commission and the Texas Department of Transportation in gravesite documentation in Travis County. He also works with cemetery groups on how to form non-profit organizations and how to best manage their cemeteries. He is a member of the International Cemetery Cremation and Funeral Association (ICCFA), Save Our Cemeteries (New Orleans), and Historic Oakland Foundation (Atlanta), along with several other organizations, in order to keep abreast of historic and current cemetery trends.