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|
|Save Austin's Cemeteries Group E-mail|
|President & Founder: Dale Flatt
Dale is a retired 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 12 years, he has dedicated a large portion of his 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.
|Vice President: Sally Victor
Sally Victor started visiting cemeteries at a young age and enjoyed sharing the unique and decorative features with others in high school. She studied cemeteries professionally as a historic consultant during the 1980s in east Texas and marveled at the folklore and traditions exhibited. Sally has prepared several National Register nominations for historic cemeteries near Amarillo and San Antonio. She also does presentations on cemetery symbolism and cemetery walking tours. Sally has degrees from the University of Texas in American Studies and Community & Regional Planning with emphasis on Historic Preservation and History. The City of Austin cemeteries are really special and sincerely need better preservation.
|Secretary: Jan Root
Jan has been a great supporter of Save Austin’s Cemeteries or some years. She has always been there to help us with special events and planning. She joined the board in 2013. She is a native of Austin and a UT graduate with a BA in American History. Jan extensive knowledge and experience in the archives field, working eighteen years at the Austin History Center, twelve years at the Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center, and two years as an archivist at Texas Parks & Wildlife. She also worked several years as a Historian for two private companies conducting historic surveys, including a project for the US Navy took her to 37 states documenting Navy artifacts. As a Certified Archivist, she now holds the position of Archivist at the Texas General Land Office, working with historic maps and land grants. Jan enjoys and appreciates cemeteries and the link they provide to our past. Lots of historic information can be gathered just by walking through a cemetery. Jan is especially interested in Save Cemeteries because of the work that's done to document and preserve Austin's cemeteries, thereby preserving her hometown's history.
Treasurer & Historian: Kay Boyd
Kay has been a member of SAC since its inception. She is keenly interested in the preservation and care of Austin cemeteries. Her great-grandparents were Swedish immigrants who came to Austin and Texas in 1870 and are buried in Oakwood Cemetery. She also has family buried in the Oakwood Annex and Austin Memorial Park. Kay is also a member of the Austin Genealogical Society where she works with the Travis County cemetery project and county records. She was instrumental in beginning the Travis County Pioneer program. Besides cemeteries and genealogy, she is very interested in Travis County history.